Burlington City Arts

JUNE 11, 2015

Rick Norcross, The Faces of Rock and Roll, 1964 to 1974 Photograph Series


Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition at The BCA Center on Church Street; Rick Norcross: The Faces of Rock and Roll- 1964 to 1974. This exhibition will feature photography of famous artists taken by musician and writer Rick Norcross. The photographs are currently displayed for the celebration of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival that runs from June 5-14. The exhibition will formally open on Friday, June 26th, 2015 with a reception from 5-8pm and run through September 19th, 2015.  

Rick Norcross was the music writer for The Tampa Times, a 70,000 circulation afternoon daily newspaper in the 13th largest market in America. Tampa was a major venue for touring music stars of the day and Norcross had free rein to cover any non-classical performance in small clubs, concert halls, stadiums and rock festivals in central Florida and southern Georgia.

Norcross was hired to write reviews, interviews and feature stories about the music scene and quickly became frustrated with the photos he got through the newspaper’s photo department to accompany his stories. So Norcross purchased his own camera equipment and film and the Tampa Times ran the photos with his stories and reviews on an unpaid basis. Per his agreement with Times’ management, Norcross retained sole ownership and all rights to the photographs.

Over his five years with the newspaper, Norcross interviewed and photographed many of the most famous artists of the century - Elvis, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Elton John, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and hundreds of others. With front row, stage and backstage access to these artists, access unheard-of in today’s atmosphere of super-strict celebrity security, these images are rare indeed. These photographs emerge to document the spirit and the unbridled energy of rock and roll stars caught at the peak of their careers, many of whom have long since passed away and many who are still rocking, buoyed by the quality of these seminal performances.

Currently Rick Norcross is the longtime leader of Vermont’s premier western swing band, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers. The band performs mostly original songs about life in Vermont set smoothly into the western swing style of music. Many of his songs are lighthearted snapshots of a lost Vermont. A third generation graduate of Hardwick Academy, Class of ‘63, Norcross began his career performing in 1962 at The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe as a “folk singer,” today called a singer/songwriter, for 17 years playing mostly humorous songs, first around northern Vermont before moving on to perform at major folk venues like The Unicorn in Boston and The Gaslight in New York City. Rick & The All-Star Ramblers perform mainly at outdoor fairs, festivals, special events and private parties during the summer and fall out of Burlington, Vermont and during the winter season, Rick performs solo at smaller folk-oriented venues.

BCA’s summer exhibition is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.