ICYMI: Legendary Photographer William Eggleston Is Releasing A Synth Album
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- And in from left field, legendary photographer William Eggleston has announced plans to release a musical album. The 78-year-old's debut will feature 13 tracks of him playing a Korg synthesizer and be released by indie label Secretly Canadian. Here's a preview: