A b&w print of my shot of the late Charlie Deal is now displayed next to his toilet-seat guitar at the 2 A.M. Club in Mill Valley, Ca. "The Deuce" was the location for Huey Lewis and the News' SPORTS album cover back in 1983. I lived in Mill Valley from '78-'96 and always enjoyed Charlie's company; he was a true character and a gentle soul. Check out "The Legend of Toilet-Seat Charlie" documentary below.
A color print is also displayed on the wall behind Charlie's favorite booth at Mama's Royal Cafe in Mill Valley as seen in bottom right of photo below. (Photo courtesy of EnjoyMillValley.com)
Steve Douglas, saxophonist. He was a member of the legendary "Wrecking Crew", a group of L.A. studio musicians who performed on countless hit records in the sixties and seventies. A documentary about the group has just been released to theaters (see trailer). I photographed him in my studio in 1992 (above), a year before his untimely death. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Read his full bio here.
Once described as the "world's greatest record store", Village Music in Mill Valley, Ca. closed in 2007 after over 40 years of business. It was a showcase of music memorabilia and vinyl history, possibly the last of it's kind and the end of an era.
Saint Dominic's Preview Van Morrison album from 1972. Some tracks were recorded at The Church in San Anselmo, Ca. which was a turn of the century old church turned hippie pad / recording studio in the sixties. The album cover photo by photographer Michael Maggid was shot on the steps of the Montgomery Chapel built in 1897 on the grounds of the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. Hand rails have been added since the 1972 photos were taken and it appears the color of the door was shifted to blue for the album cover when compared to outtakes which show the door as green. This door and location was also featured in the Jefferson Starship's No Way Out video in 1984.
The run down exterior of the legendary Record Plant recording studio in Sausalito, Ca. It shut down operation in 2008. I took these shots shortly after. You can imagine what this looked like back in 1972 when it was built with hippie- era, fine-art woodwork, redwood and stained glass. Scene of many iconic recordings....if the walls could talk. See video by Mick Fleetwood here and list of albums recorded at this studio. Photos of interior from 2004 website.
From the archive......legendary singer Billy Eckstine, photographed in Italy, 1974. Kodak high speed recording film 2475 (known for it's extra large grain), Nikon F.
Here's a shot I took of legendary folk singer Joan Baez backstage at Stanford Ampitheater, Palo Alto, Ca. back in 1978...and below are stills from my Flip camcorder of her at photographer Jim Marshall's memorial celebration at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall this past week.
There are replicas of this car out there but this is the original car down to the original Beverly Hills license plates. The car was bought used by Janis in 1968 when it was 3 years old. It's a '65 356 Cabriolet and was all white when she bought it. Big Brother roadie Dave Richmond gave it the psychedelic paint job. In later years the original paint faded and flaked off and it has since been restored to it's original condition. On loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio it is shown here at the Marin-Sonoma Concours de Elegance. Janis drove this car around Marin County, Ca., where she lived just before her death in 1970.
The legendary music photographer passed away yesterday. He was my instructor for environmental portraiture at the Academy of Art College, San Francisco in 1978. A one of a kind, truly great photographer as iconic and larger than life as any of the musicians he photographed (video). He will be missed. R.I.P.
Janis Joplin's redwood-studded home at the time of her death in 1970. The hard-living rocker died at age 27 from a drug overdose in a Los Angeles hotel room. She had lived in the wood-shingled, creekside house less than two years.
There were sightings of Doors' singer Jim Morrison and singer Kris Kristofferson, who wrote "Me and Bobby McGee" which became a Joplin hit after she died. Nearly 40 years later, there are still remnants of Joplin's short stay in the house, including a small bar made from redwood burl and wall paneling made by the carpenter who did much of the striking artistic woodwork that was featured in the interior of The Trident restaurant, a popular Sausalito watering hole during the 1970s. There's also a 4-foot-high dog door next to the front door that Joplin had installed for her St. Bernard. A bathroom includes a tiled sunken bath and shower below a skylight that looks out into the towering redwoods. Joplin's pool table still stands in the family room.
"She loved Marin; she bought a house in Larkspur in Baltimore Canyon. That’s when she had the Full Tilt Boogie Band and met Kris Kristofferson, who was not famous at all. We’d sit around and sing country music in her house and then we’d go out and ride in her Porsche. The three of us would ride in that car together through downtown San Rafael. Janis, Kris, and me, driving down the street, waving. It was like the procession of the Queen. Everybody knew who Janis was. Nobody really knew who I was or Kris but we had a really fun time." (Sam Andrew of Big Brother & the Holding Company)
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