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The Man I Left Behind - Special Edition

The Man I Left Behind - Special Edition

by Larry Towell

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The Man I Left Behind is a three vinyl LP collection of 33 original ballads by Larry Towell about both photography and the places he’s photographed. 

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Towell is accompanied by musicians and friends that include Jeff Bird of the Cowboy Junkies; Mike Stevens, who was a regular contributor to the Grand Ole Opry; Anne Lindsay who tours with Blue Rodeo and Jim Cuddy; Gwen Swick of Quartette, and many others.

The anthology includes field recordings made in Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, and the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation amongst other locations around the world, mixed with his arrangements and lyrics.

He dedicates this work to the photojournalists who continue to go out into the world and get their hands dirty.

“Larry Towell is one of the few songwriters today who carries on the courageous tradition of Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Phil Ochs.” - Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary)

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Published in 2023
315 x 315 mm
Triple LP Set
All songs written, arranged and produced by Larry Towell
Photographs by Larry Towell
33 songs on three 12” vinyl
12.5’’ x 9’’ Silver Gelantin print
Edition of 100

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  • Larry Towell (born 1953, Canada), was the son of a car repairman and grew up in a large family in rural Ontario. He studied visual arts at Toronto’s York University where he was given a camera and taught how to process black and white film. Following volunteer work in Calcutta in 1976, he began to photograph and write. Upon his return to Canada, he taught folk music to support himself and his family and became a freelance photographer and writer in 1984, focusing on the dispossessed, exile, and peasant rebellion when he completed testimonial projects on the Nicaraguan Contra war and the relatives of the disappeared in Guatemala. His first published magazine essay, Paradise Lost, exposed the ecological consequences of the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. In 1996, Towell completed a project based on ten years of reportage in El Salvador, followed the next year by a major book, Then Palestine. With the help of the inaugural Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, he finished a second highly acclaimed book on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in 2005, and in 2008 released the award-winning The World From My Front Porch, a project on his own family in rural Ontario where he sharecrops a 75-acre farm. Afghanistan was released in 2014 based on six years of reportage on that war.

    Larry is also a gifted musician and songwriter, author of five music/poetry CDs, and a soon-to-be-released triple vinyl LP of original ballads entitled The Man I Left Behind.

  • - Larry Towell