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While my keyboard gently weeps

A replication of Rolling Stone Magazine boss Jann Wenner’s San Francisco office at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

The exhibition on the 50 years of Rolling Stone Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a sign of how journalism can build identity and a strong relationship with its readers as music stars do with their audience.

Text and photos by Enrique Núñez Mussa, Chile.

(Originally published on Global Spotlight Vol. 10, Issue III, 2017

The sun trespasses the buildings of San Francisco and pours through the window. The hands hitting the keys receive the warmth of the sun’s rays. It is a regular day at the office, but a regular day in this office is like a party anywhere else or at least that is what they wants us to believe.

This office will become a museum exhibition 50 years later, but Jann, the man with messy hair, jeans, and boots who is writing inside those rays, doesn’t know it yet. He might intuit it, he is aspiring big. The letter he is writing is directed to Mick Jagger, he has already received one from the frontman of the Rolling Stones that reads: “Dear Jann: In return for my consent to allow you to register the name Rolling Stone what do you offer as far as cover stories, special small ad rates and summer clothes coverage”.

Selfie at the exhibition.

Jann Wenner founded the magazine in 1967 and was defined by him as: “Rolling Stone is not just about music, but also about the things and attitudes that the music embraces. We’ve been working quite hard on it and we hope you can dig it. To describe it any further would be difficult without sounding like bullshit, and bullshit is like gathering moss”. That definition and the epistolary interactions with the voice behind “Paint it Black” and “Satisfaction” are part of the exhibition on the 50 years of Rolling Stone Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The exhibit that recreates the first office also shows documents as the handwritten messages from Gonzo pioneer and journalist Hunter S. Thompson, a collection of the most memorable magazine covers, pictures from the first days, pieces of edited articles, the notes on the interview Wenner did with president Barack Obama and objects such as the recorder used by the now-film director Cameron Crowe, who presented the golden age of the magazine in his movie Almost Famous.

Cameron’s Crowe recorder exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The magazine was able to turn a typing machine into a rock and roll object as an electric guitar. It made journalism something as cool as The Beatles, The Sex Pistols and Jimi Hendrix, broadening narrative structures. Writers and photographers were able to develop their own voices, trying different registers. They could attempt diverse repertories and styles, bringing quality from an outsider’s perspective as the political photos of Annie Leibowitz.

After going through the halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looking at the different ages of popular music, I think at one level the reason to make worthy to exhibit a t-shirt or an old record is from the more visceral perspective of the emotions raised from that song, the same way as an article that surprises you.

There is also a response to their current societies through an embrace or a rebellious response to previous generations, Rolling Stone Magazine did break with traditional journalism and several times honored the best in good literature. That creates a point of view and a style that goes beyond an individual artist or band, it defines an age, as a collection of individual articles mixed with photography and design. It ended up defining a brand and an attitude toward society, creating an identity readers could relate to engage with the world.

Jann Wenner’s notes on his interview to Barack Obama.

The final scene of the movie The Power of Rock, directed by Jonathan Demme and presented in the Hall museum, ends with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and Prince playing “While my guitar gently weeps”, written by George Harrison, is heart-beating and breaking when Prince plays a solo in which he moves his fingers as fast over the strings as you could imagine the fingers of Jann Wenner over the typewriter. The composer from Minneapolis closes his eyes and lets the chords flow as the music cries without lyric, it weeps, it is real and relevant and emotional, and it becomes history, as a letter to Mick Jagger that would help define the future of journalism.

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Fiskales Ad-Hoc, gira de despedida —Centro Arte Alameda, 3/12/16

Publicado en Medium el 19/12/2016.

Texto y fotos por Enrique Núñez Mussa

Aunque salieron pasadas las 2.15 A. M., valió la pena la espera. Los Fiskales Ad-Hoc son una de esas bandas con las que sentía una deuda personal. Tenía que verlos en vivo y esta que es su gira de despedida, era una de las últimas oportunidades.

Hace años entrevisté un par de veces a Álvaro España y para eso tuve que estudiármelos, escuchar la discografía completa, ver el excelente documental Malditos, ir a la Fiskalía en el Eurocentro para encontrar lo que ya no estaba disponible en ningún otro lado, ver cientos de videos en YouTube, leer blogs, etc.
Así aprendí sobre una banda que ha tenido la coherencia para mantenerse constante como un grupo de amigos, sostenida principalmente entre la amistad de España y el Roly (bajo). Todos los que trabajan con ellos funcionan como una familia, por eso ahora que algunos ya tienen la propia, no pueden seguir, pero como me dijo una vez España: «No tenemos donde caernos muertos, pero con el Roly estamos tranquilos de que ya somos parte de la historia de la música chilena».

Visibilizaron el punk y supieron responder a una urgencia que también los apuró a ellos. Comenzaron desde las ganas antes que de la melomanía. España nunca aprendió a tocar un instrumento, el primer baterista era menor de edad y ni siquiera sabían cómo hacer un disco cuando grabaron el primero. Lo de los Fiskales era encontrarse con el público en las fiestas alternativas clandestinas durante la dictadura.

Ese era gran parte del público de anoche, personas que habían envejecido con ellos, pero también algunos jóvenes, dos mocainos de deslumbrante altura celeste y púrpura, chaquetas con remaches, otro mocaino más discreto, los tres tendrían menos de 30 años, y deben haber encontrado en las letras lecturas nuevas que dan cuenta de un malestar actual.

A ellos les habló España y aunque nuestras formas son diferentes, estuve muy de acuerdo en el fondo de su discurso, no muy distinto a lo que le aconsejo a mis estudiantes: «Ahora con un computador la educación está ahí. Edúquense cabros. Todo es mente». Qué más punk que las ideas y el conocimiento.

El vigor de su sonido y la fuerza que tiene en vivo una canción como «Condor» acentúa con la enajenación de los sin polera bañados por la cerveza. La banda no sólo ha llegado a un nivel de profesionalismo en que se escucha igual o mejor que en un disco, sino que es capaz de crear un espacio de euforia y conexión con su público.

Producen cercanía, suben gente al escenario, pasan el micrófono. El hecho de que vivan en un mundo donde los seudónimos importan más que los nombres (el Hueso, el Marihuana, el Vaquita etc.) da cuenta de ese candor.
Quería además de verlos en vivo, ir a mirar, escribir apuntes y tomar fotos, de alguna manera, registrar cómo es uno de los últimos encuentros de esta banda con sus seguidores.

No quedé conforme con las fotos, fue difícil tomarlas, porque se genera en sus tocatas un lindo momento frente al caos, pero creo que algo revelan sobre el ambiente y la jornada.

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Foto de portada para el libro Hablemos de historia

Fotografié la imagen para la portada del libro Hablemos de historia, publicado en 2016.

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Content for the Chilean Delegation in the Ship for World Youth Leaders

I was chosen to be part of the Chilean Delegation in The Ship for World Leaders a program of the Japanese Government for young leaders around the World to encourage intercultural collaboration.

I was the Assistant National Leader of the Delegation and as a journalist and photographer I created the media content of the delegation and registered the journey. I also lead the process of presenting Chile through a National Presentation creating a narrative, audiovisual material, lighting, sound and stage direction.

Here is part of the work I did.

Creation and administration of the Facebook page of the delegation: https://www.facebook.com/swy28/

Official photos for each member of the Delegation used in presentations and business cards.

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Photographic record of the preparation for the experience and of the journey, published in this Facebook Album. (The images in this post are in Facebook quality).

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I made this short documentary that presents the whole experience of the Delegation, presented at the Embassy of Japan in Chile.

English subtitles available as CC.

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Fotoreportaje 100 en 1 día

Fotoreportaje con la versión 2015 de la iniciativa 100 en 1 día en Santiago, que despliega instalaciones artísticas en el espacio urbano publicado en Plataforma Urbana.

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