Legendary Earth Wind Fire co-founder and bassist Verdine White returned for his second visit to the Grammy Museum on July 19. Although the evening didn’t include a performance, it consisted of an unforgettable Q&A led by Grammy Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman with White and Bruce Talamon the top Soul/R&B photographer of the 70’s and 80’s. This Q&A went along with the museum’s exhibit Bruce W. Talamon: Soul, R&B And Funk Photographs 1972-1982: A Love Letter to the Music which closes August 1.
The first part of the interview was Verdine and Goldman discussing the band and White’s career in music. With the day before being White’s 67th birthday, he was presented a cupcake by the exhibit’s curator. Once Talamon came onstage a slideshow of his photos of Earth Wind and Fire pursued. Talamon discussed his first shoot with the band and all the years he was with the band between touring and in the studio. Of the photos Talamon showed of Earth Wind and Fire, he broke down how the photo came to be and the locations including Verdine White’s levitating bass solo, and Maurice White in front of the pyramids in Egypt. Also, in attendance was Earth Wind and Fire’s Ralph Johnson who greeted fans along with White and Talamon after the Q&A.