House Blend | Episode 8: Henry Diltz, Photographer
LINER NOTES: ABOUT HENRY DILTZ
In the world of rock ‘n’ roll photographers, there is none as extraordinary as Henry Diltz. A founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz is as much at home as a musician on tour as he is a visual historian of popular music since the early 1960s.
The rapport he’s developed with his musician friends, along with his down-to-earth-grin and frequent laugh, enables him to capture the candid shots that convey a rare feeling of trust and intimacy with his subjects.
For Diltz, the pictures began with a $20 second-hand Japanese camera purchased on tour with the Modern Folk Quartet. When MFQ disbanded, he embarked on his photographic career with an album cover for The Lovin’ Spoonful.
Despite his lack of formal training, Diltz easily submerged himself in the world of music: the road, the gigs, the humor, the social consciousness, the psychedelia, the up and down times.
For more than 40 years, his work has graced hundreds of album covers and has been featured in books, magazines and newspapers.
His singular artistic style has produced powerful photographic essays of Woodstock and the Monterey International Pop Festival, and iconic images of artists including (in no particular order): The Doors, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, Eagles, James Taylor, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Cass Elliott, The Hollies, Jackson Browne, The Who, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, Blondie, Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Tom Waits and scores more.
Henry Diltz continues his distinguished career today, generating new and vibrant photographs that inspire the rock ‘n’ roll fan in each of us. Diltz is a partner in, and is exclusively published and represented, by the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, which also represents and dispslays the works of more than 60 of the world’s top music phtographers. Visit http://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com. ABOUT THE HOST Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A 22-year resident of Canyon Country, Peeples has written about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper since 2004 and has been Online Editor of The Signal since October 2007. In 2009 he was honored for Best Website by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. He now plays with an SCV-based jazz quartet.