Henry Diltz is a photographer who has captured through his lenses a unique music history of images. As a resident of Laurel Canyon, California you could say he was in the right place at the right time. Laurel Canyon has significant historic importance to the evolution of folk-rock and songwriter music.
He photographed the most enduring images of the 60s folk-rock stars who lived in LA’s Laurel Canyon. Now Henry Diltz has directed a documentary about the period. Legends of the Canyon, The Directors Cut on DVD will be available on June 11, 2013.
Legends of the Canyon delivers the story of how rock music spawned in the garden of the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon. Many of rock music’s legendary artists of the late 1960′ s brought to life the anthems of a generation in the commune-like setting of these hills. Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, America, Buffalo Springfield and many others feature.
Disc 1 is the documentary film. Disc 2 will be packed with extra bonus features including previously unreleased archive footage:
Henry Diltz’s 8mm silent footage of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Joni Mitchell at Big Bear, CSNY at Balboa Stadium, Woodstock (exclusive footage), silent footage of Stephen Stills in the UK, Byrds at the Troubadour LA.
Exclusive Photo Library including Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, The Byrds, Hendrix, Jim Morrison, The Mamas and Papas, Woodstock and more…Extended interviews with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Ron Stone, Van Dyke Parks and Gerry Beckley
Bootleg footage from Oklahoma “Stills Tour” All releases will also feature a 20 Page Booklet
An excellent book I own and recommend highly is Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon. It is a well researched coffee table sized book that is the perfect companion piece to Legends of the Canyon documentary.
- Henry Diltz: caught in the Canyon (guardian.co.uk)
- Henry Diltz: Legends of the canyon – in pictures (guardian.co.uk)