Morrison Hotel Gallery and publisher Rare Cool Stuff Unltd. will be bringing legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz to Borders at the LA Grove today (Saturday) at 2pm for a slide show and signing party to celebrate the re-issue of the book Unpainted Faces. The book collects 140 images from throughout Diltz’s career, including some of his most iconic shots from Woodstock and Monterey Pop, as well as previously unseen images. Purchasers of the book will receive a wristband to guarantee admission and a place in line for the signing, others will have to try to their luck amid what is expected to be a very large crowd of looky-loos.
We suggest you turn off the computer & head over there now to snag a copy and a wristband; not only is the chance to get a signed limited edition from one of the most respected photographers in the industry kind of a special thing, the book itself sounds like something fans of sixties and seventies rock will drool over. Diltz was a member of the Modern Folk Quartet before he ever picked up a camera, and like the best photographers of the era, demonstrates an ability to capture his subjects at their most comfortable and unguarded. Even his posed shots, like the one on the cover of Neil Young hoisting a beer next to an enormous moose head, looking as proud as if he just bagged it himself, look intimate.
If there’s a fan of the So Cal sixties and seventies on your holiday list, buy an extra one and watch someone squeal with delight two weeks from today.