At 16 years old, in 1966, Jackson Browne lived in the at the Gentle Soul House, a mansion across from the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Musicians lived in every room of the house including the garage, where my first love, musician, Jay Westbrook lived. Jackson slept in the den, Sandy Konikoff in one bedroom; Riley Wildflower in another, and Pamela Polland, the reigning queen and lead singer the Gentle Soul lived in the master bedroom. with her bed on the floor covered in quilts. I visited on weekends; had my first love, my first betrayal, and my first acid trip in that house. It was 1966, and I was just beginning to take pictures in earnest.
In 1968, my boyfriend, Sandy Konikoff invited me to stay with him at Paxton Lodge, Elektra Record's experimental recording studio in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, managed by Frazier Mowhak. Paxton Lodge is an example of the zeitgeist of the times-- an infamous alchemical creative art colony/ music laboratory, where I was baptized in the darkroom and watched my first photo come up. Sandy and I carried our bed through the snow to one of the cabins and out of the main lodge because those rascals were so freakin' loud all night long...Later, I was told there was a hole cut in the ceiling above the bathtub where the boys scrambled up into the attic when the girls bathed. Jackson, Ned Doheny, Spider John Koerner, Rolf Kempf, Connie DiNardo, Lottie, Jack Holtzman, and a turnover of folk and blues musicians recorded at Paxton. It was where Sandy Konikoff invented the sphincterphone, and where I was introduced to a darkroom.
Late in 1968, I met June & Jean Millington and Alice DeBuhr, founders of Fanny, the first all-girl rock band to be signed to a major label, Warner's Reprise Records. Days later, I moved into Fanny Hill and became the official band photographer, living there off and on from '68-'71, where I worked in my first darkroom. Many musicians visited Fanny Hill, not just to see the then odd reality of an all-girl rock band, but to jam! Lowell George was a frequent guest, Joe Cocker came to dinner, and I brought Rick Danko and Levon Helm over one night.
All photographs copyright © 1968-2014 Linda Wolf