Henry Diltz: Legends of the canyon - in pictures

Henry Diltz's iconic images of the 60s folk-rock scene that centred on LA's Laurel Canyon

Legends of the Canyon – Directors Cut is released through Universal Music on 27 May
Henry Diltz: Mama Cass
Mama Cass
Henry Diltz: 'We call this shot Cleopatra. It was taken for a possible album cover, but was finally used for a billboard on Sunset Strip. We took a limo to the desert in the middle of the night arriving in the early morning. As the sun came up and the heat rose, Mama Cass’s make-up began melting down her face and the heat rose, Mama Cass’ makeup beging melting down her face. We had to check-in to a motel and spend the day by the swimming pool and give it another try at the end of the day.'
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: The Monkees
The Monkees
Filming the Hillbilly Honeymoon episode of their TV Series in 1967
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
'Eric Clapton [right] was shy and didn’t know anyone in LA, so Mama Cass organised a picnic to introduce him to her friends. David Crosby [back] brought a young singer he’d discovered – Joni Mitchell [left]. Cass’s daughter Owen is sitting in the foreground'
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: James Taylor Strumming Guitar
James Taylor‘James was sitting on the floor by a window finger picking ‘Oh Susannah’ on the guitar. The sound was like a fantastic music box and it completely blew my mind. I sank to my knees and began taking pictures immediately’ Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: Paul & Linda McCartney
Paul & Linda McCartney
‘Linda asked if I could shoot her and Paul for their Ram album songbook. The next day they sent this photo off for the cover of Life magazine’
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
'Joni was my neighbour in Laurel Canyon. We both lived on Lookout Mountain Avenue. I stopped by one day to take publicity pictures for her and while she was leaning out the window talking to me, I began shooting. These ended up being the best photos. This was the house where she lived with Graham Nash who wrote: “Our house is a very, very, very fine house”'
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: David Crosby
David Crosby‘I was sitting in Crosby’s hotel room listening to him talk to Bob Dylan on the phone. The door opened and Graham Nash threw this American flag gun on to his bed and said: “Here Cros, some fan made this for you!” He picked it up with one hand and I snapped the moment' Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock
'Jimi was scheduled to end the festival on Sunday night, but Sunday night became Monday morning! Bleary eyed in the dawn, our senses were hugeley awakened by his amazing music. The high point of the entire festival, for me, was his solo version of the Star Spangled Banner complete with the sound effects of war'
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: Keith Richards
Keith Richards
'Ron Wood’s solo record came out and he had to tour to promote it, so he formed a band with his pals Keith Richards and Ian McLagan called the New Barbarians. This photo was taken in some airport in the midwest where we’d all just got off the plane and were finding our designated limos to the hotel. Keith is standing by his limo, waiting for Woody.'
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills
'We were staying in this little cabin and Stephen got a message that Jimi Hendrix had died. We stayed up all night and in the morning the ground was covered with fresh snow. Stephen insisted on having this pink giraffe in the picture with him. I think it was a secret signal to an old girlfriend. This later became his first solo album cover'
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: Neil Young
Neil Young
Performing with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at Balboa Stadium in 1969
Photograph: Henry Diltz
Henry Diltz: The Doors
The Doors
The cover for the Doors' fifth album Morrison Hotel was shot surreptitiously after the owners of the eponymous hotel refused permission for the band to be photographed there
Photograph: Henry Diltz

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