Here are a couple of shots of rockin' Ralph Gean which accompanied the liner notes included in his CD releases:
In the photo above, Ralph (right) holds counsel at the Lions Lair in Denver, circa 1996, with Boyd Rice (center) and Shannon Dickey (left). Rice produced the CD "A Star Unborn or What Would Have Been If What Is Hadn't Happened: The Amazing Story of: Ralph Gean" which appeared on England's World Serpent label (1997). Dickey, the former jazz buyer at the Denver music shop Wax Trax and an all-around incredible musicologist, managed Gean at the time. It may look like a noir gangster movie, but it's really just Ralph and his brain trust.
This second photo of Ralph -- holding his instrument, ahem, erect -- accompanied the liner notes for "The Amazing Ralph Gean: His Music, His Story" (2006) on Discriminate Audio. Well Ralph, most assuredly, understands the primal elements of rock 'n' roll.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are 2,000 words worth of Ralph Gean imagery suitable for explaining the man and his musical legacy.
(Here are other photos of mine of Ralph Gean.)