Cool documentary: 'California Rock Under the Covers'


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Sep 6, 2010
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This is a very cool documentary about the album cover artists for California Rock - photographer Henry Diltz and graphic artist Gary Burden (RIP). In the late 60s and early 70s, if an album came out of SoCal chances were better than good that these guys designed the cover.

These guys have some absolutely amazing stories to tell, and they tell them in this doc. Worth watching if only for Henley and Frey talking about the 'Desperado' photo shoot - I've always thought of those two as totally humorless, but the segment is hysterical.

Full disclosure: I have history with Diltz and Burden. In early 1992, they flew east and spent a few days with my band in New York. We were photographed in a strip bar, the pine barrens near a Long Island beach, and an alley in Queens. The album never came out, but I've got the rough draft of the front cover hanging on the wall in my studio. I have no boubt that Henry still has the photos, because the man saves everything.

- D