More than a local legend whose electrifying personality and hot pink facade hallmark the rich punk history of New York City, Jimmy Webb is a beloved friend and collaborator whose captivating energy, compelling stories and ALL CAPS text messages of love and encouragement are greatly missed. A rock and roll guardian angel of unrelenting compassion and joie de vivre, Webb's humanitarian endeavor and personal art collection find enduring life with Morrison Hotel Gallery's announcement of a special legacy estate sale benefitting Road Recovery, an entertainment industry-driven non-profit (501c) organization dedication to helping young people battle addition and other adversities by empowering at-risk youth to face their struggles while teaching them comprehensive life skills.
Outfitted in personal effects of rosary beads and feather boas, this historic collection encompassing over 85 artifacts spanning the gamut from rare posters and framed Max's Kansas City menus to personally-signed prints gifted to the downtown icon by comrades like Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Bob Gruen, Ronnie Spector, Rose Hartman, Mick Rock and Holly Woodlawn makes its way to MorrisonHotelGallery.com on Tuesday, December 8.
Morrison Hotel Gallery is the world's leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the world's finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today's contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of celebrity and sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert.
Webb died in April at the age of 62. The cause of death was reportedly cancer.
Webb grew up in upstate New York and moved to New York City in 1975. He spent more than a decade and a half working at Trash And Vaudeville, which he dubbed "rock and roll heaven," before opening his own boutique, I Need More, named after a song by Iggy Pop, three years ago.
In a 2013 article, Vogue called Webb the "reigning Mayor of St. Marks Place" and "punk rock's unofficial shopkeeper."
"Without a doubt, I have a dream come true life," Webb once said. "I live every moment and I taste everything in it. I taste it, I smell it, I feel it ... Dreams do come true."