Publicist Andy Reynolds writes:
“Meet photographer and music industry vet Michael Alago (He signed Metallica and Nina Simone, OK?) at the Bureau for the NYC launch of Beautiful Imperfections, his newest book of photographs. He will be joined by special guest Mina Caputo and together they will read selections from their book of poems, observations, and rants: Night Blooming Jasmine Will Never Smell the Same.
Alago’s follow-up to the smoking’ hot Brutal Truth (April 2012, Bruno Gmünder),Beautiful Imperfections is the first commercially published book of photographs shot entirely with the Hipstamatic iPhone camera App (that we know of). The resulting 10″ x 10″ coffee table book contains over 120 tough/tender signature Alago portraits.
After a legendary music career during which he went from booking U2’s first New York City gig at the Ritz at age 21, to hanging out with Mapplethorpe to partying with Iggy Pop and David Lee Roth in the men’s room of the famed Peppermint Lounge, to discovering and signing Metallica, and signing Nina Simone to her last album deal (A Single Woman), Alago turned to photography. We can all thank the Rough Gods that he did.
One of the biggest voices (and smallest bodies) in rock music today belongs to Brooklyn’s own Mina Caputo. Caputo’s reputation for touching listeners to the very depths of their souls with her poetry and heartrending live performances is well earned – within a single show she is capable of inciting both arena-sized mosh pits and breathless silence. Look for Caputo’s new album As Much Truth as One Can Bear to be released late summer 2013.”