The Eagles, photographed for the sleeve of their 1973 ‘Desperado’ album by Henry Diltz. Taken from a new collection of the photographer’s work, ‘California Dreaming: Memories and Visions of LA 1966 â
Anti-war protesters in San Francisco, November 16, 1969. Taken from a new exhibition, ‘The Sixties: Photographs by Robert Altman’, which can be seen at London’s Idea Generation Gallery, July 16-August 29, 2008.
Neil Young, shot by Henry Diltz in 1969. Photographing such Californian icons as The Doors, The Mamas And Papas, The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell, Diltz played a key role in defining the look of West Coast rock. His new book, ‘California Dreaming: Memories and Visions of LA 1966 â
Jimi Hendrix with Michelle Phillips and ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot of The Mamas And Papas. Contrary to popular myth, Cass did not in fact die after choking on a ham sandwich. She actually died of massive heart failure – though a ham sandwich was found next to her body.
Pic: Henry Diltz /Genesis Publications
Photographer Henry Diltz, who captured some of the images that came to define the ’60s counter-culture. He was the official photographer at Woodstock, and the Monterey and Miami Music Festivals, and has photographed over 80 record album covers.
The Eagles in Joshua Tree National Park, California, March 20, 1972, shot for the sleeve of their self-titled debut album by Henry Diltz. The location was Diltz’s idea, but the band made the most of the unusual surroundings by dropping peyote and partying all night.
Jackson Browne, shot for the sleeve artwork of his debut album in 1971 by Henry Diltz. Around this time Browne met his future wife Phyllis Major. The pair married in late 1975 but Major committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills just a few months later, in March of 1976, at the age of 30.
Neil Young, shot by Henry Diltz, who recalls in his new book ‘California Dreaming: Memories and Visions of LA 1966 â
Joni Mitchell, 1970, shot by Henry Diltz. The pair lived close to each other on Lookout Mountain, Lauren Canyon, California. "Joni was quiet," says Diltz. "A lot of these people were quiet, which was why they became songwriters. It was the only way they could express themselves."
Doors frontman Jim Morrison on the way to Venice Beach, California, shot by Henry Diltz in 1969. The photographer recalls: "This is
a picture of him sitting in the back of the van reading my ‘Time’ magazine that I wanted to read! Heâ
The Doors, from the photoshoot that generated the cover of the band’s 1970 album ‘Morrison Hotel’. The owner of the San Francisco hotel didn’t want to let the band in so they waited ’til his back was turned, ran in, did the shoot, and ran out again.
Mama Cass, shot by Henry Diltz in Palm Springs, California, for an album cover which never saw the light of day. Diltz recalls: "By the time it was 8am, the sun was up and there were black streaks of make-up running down Cass’s cheeks from the perspiration so we had to stop. It reaches 107 degrees down there during the day."
Carlos Santana, Altamont Speedway, December, 1969, by Robert Altman, who recalls: "I once found myself chatting with Carlos backstage. The topic? Our ‘old ladies’. What a great, down to earth guy. It was an honour having my work of the original Santana Band selected for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998."
Revellers at Holy Man Jam festival, Boulder, Colorado, August 1970. "I love this photograph," explains Robert Altman. "You’ve got the perfection of a very pretty young lady, hands raised, holding a maraca. Right between her is this jubilant faceâ
‘Free Love – Kiss, Kiss’, The Alternative Media Conference, Goddard College, Vermont, July 1970. Photographer Robert Altman explains: "There was a break. There was a lake. There was freedom in the air."
Free spirits on "Hippie Hill", Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 1967. Photographer Robert Altman explains: "I once stumbled across a William Blake quote which says ‘Mere enthusiasm is the all in all’. I think that pretty much sums up this photo."
A demonstration in San Francisco, March 1969, shot by Robert Altman. The photographer recalls: "In 1998 Harold Evans published his tome ‘The American Century’ and selected this photo for a double page spread. Daniel Moynihan reported seeing a well-thumbed copy in the Oval Office." ‘The Sixties: Photographs by Robert Altman’ will be at London’s Idea Generation Gallery from July 16 – August 29 2008.