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He first attracted attention with the band Television, a fixture of the New York punk rock scene. But his music wasn’t so easily categorized.
With partners on NBC and then CBS, and with a rapid, opinionated style, he was heard during every N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament from 1975 to 2008.
“The virtual banishment of figuration and narrative from the vocabulary of so many thoughtful artists was one of the legacies of the modernists,” he said. “I never accepted this.”
He preferred to take pictures of ordinary people. But in events separated by six years, he took indelible pictures of two people who transcended celebrity.
He emphasized the basics of the Japanese martial art, and he encouraged his students to develop their own interpretations of it.
A live-wire personality and an epic self-promoter, he got a generation of youth in the City of Brotherly Love on its feet with little-known R&B gems.