Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ESCAPED TO THE FUTURE!


I am pleased to announce the book release for my first book! Here is the press release:

Escaped to the Future book release at Visible Voice books, Friday, Feb 25th, 7-10pm.

Local photographer Ken Blaze has released his first book: “Escaped to the Future: A Series of Speak in Tongues photographs by Ken Blaze.” Come out and hang with Blaze and his friends Brian Straw and DJ Party Sweat for a night of music, memories and fantastic photographs from the good ol' days of Speak in Tongues.

Speak In Tongues was a center of culture, art and music in the Cleveland, OH underground scene from 1994 until Dec. 31, 2001. The venue played host to thousands of underground bands, parties and art shows over its nine years of existence. Now ten years this year since its’ demise, Escaped to the Future has been released as a photo retrospective. Escaped to the Future is a photo essay chronicling the people and ambiance of what was Cleveland’s most unique and volatile venue. The book contains over 145 original photographs as well as memories and quotations from some of the people that went to events at the venue.

The title of the book comes from a photograph of Cleveland scenester, now Los Angeles scenester Sean Carney painting the words “Speak in Tongues has Escaped to the Future” and “We Did It” on signage hung in the windows on the final days of SIT’ existence.

Blaze, 38, is a resident of Lakewood, OH and has lived in the Cleveland area his whole life. He works primarily as a photojournalist in the region.

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