Amanda Rowan

Growing up in the post-Summer of Love, folk, and rock scene of the Bay Area, I was exposed to many prolific musicians and artists. I was raised with a reverence for counterculture and an awareness of my second-hand fame from a young age as the daughter of acclaimed Bluegrass icon, Peter Rowan. In 2014, I started to explore my relationship with creativity and recognition in a documentary series titled "Born Backstage". This project chronicles artists and performers who are all, like me, the children of folk and rock legends from the 60's to today such as The Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Beatles, Frank Zappa, and many more. The subjects in these images have been chosen for their talent and perseverance to find their expression as artists. Through photographs and interviews, this project examines the journey to express one’s own creativity, and the privilege and challenges of growing up with fame, in the world of sex, drugs, and rock roll. The project has evolved to include over 50 subjects and has been previewed at the Wall Street Gallery in L.A. The series and forthcoming publication is culminating in a book.

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