Renowned photojournalist Peter Simon will present a slide show documenting his life in photography and music at the Chilmark Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. Mr. Simon has documented many historic events from the protest-filled 1960s to the greatest names in rock and roll, reggae and pop music.
From the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965 to his recent exploration of the top Jamaican Reggae artists of today as featured in his new book, Reggae Scrapbook, Mr. Simon has personally witnessed many of the most memorable moments in contemporary music. A resident of Chilmark, his photography portfolio also includes spectacular scenes of the Vineyard.
Through this multimedia presentation, titled Through the Lens: A Life filled with History, Friendships and Addiction, Mr. Simon speaks honestly about his photographic art, privileged background, alternative lifestyle explorations, and an addictive personality that finally got the better of him and affected his relationships with family and friends.
He will thoughtfully discuss his humiliating run-ins with the law; harrowing stays at various jails and rehabilitation centers; and most importantly, his present day to day commitment to recovery from alcohol. This is a truly no-holds-barred excursion through his days of pot and roses; and on to recovery road, a road he now walks upon with grace.
The presentation, sponsored by The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library, is free and open to the public. For details, call 508-645-3360.