Like many other aspiring young artists in her generation, with a notion of becoming a photographer, Simone Green left Detroit for Los Angeles in 1979 after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from Wayne State University. After traveling between Los Angeles and Detroit for years, Simone settled in LA to become the photographer for Don Cornelius Productions, photographing celebrity guests and dancers who appeared on Soul Train. By 1982, Simone was a professional portrait photographer. Her clientele included many celebrities, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Barry White, Luther Vandross, The Dramatics, The Temptations, Gerald Levert, Stevie Wonder etc.
Simone is recognized for her keen eye and ability to manipulate light to add depth and perspective to her subjects. In 1986, Simone formed a professional relationship with Burrell Advertising Company, America’s largest African American Advertising Agency where she photographed the production of television commercials. Simone also worked with, Motown Records, Solar Records and Capitol Records. In 1992 Simone became the chief photographer for Deathrow Records in LosAngeles, California. While at Deathrow, Simone captured some of the most often displayed images of Hip Hop culture and icons Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
More than anything else, Simone was focused on her professional career, making a living as a photographer. Her drive and determination eventually led her to the infamous rap label, Death Row Records. The job of Chief Photographer for Death Row Records offered an opportunity that could be considered both a gift and a curse. After years away from the music, the money, the bullying and the violence she witnessed and experienced at Death Row, Simone decided to document her career in celebrity photography highlighted by her time at Death Row Records with the upcoming release of her memoir, Time Served: My Days and Nights at Death Row Records.
It’s taken a while to develop and complete but Simone organized her experiences and memories and compiled them into an enthralling story which chronicles her professional career working with some of the biggest names in entertainment history and some of the most notorious as well. If you’ve ever wondered about the details of how the stars reach stardom, what they go through to get there and what it’s like when they do, Simone Green’s memoir documents the realities of many such experiences. From her personal association and work with Motown old school royalty to some of the darkest corners of time on Death Row Records whether as photographer, manager or developing talent when the old schools went through a changing of the guard, Simone has seen it all and captured much of it in pictures as you’ll also see in Time Served: My Days and Nights at Death Row Records.
Simone Green has written a page-turner that will reveal the behind closed door workings of the entertainment industry and Death Row Records in particular. But above all else, Simone Green’s Time Served is meant to enlighten. There is much to learn from this memoir, especially for young women who want any kind of career in the entertainment industry.