Why were we singing about the ox driver, when we could be having that kind of joyful fun?
When you’d go to New York, you’d go to a party and everyone would be sitting around in black.
We formed in Honolulu, where I was at University, and then we came to LA in the early Sixties, which was the Mecca where everything was happening.
I moved right into Laurel Canyon, as most musicians did.
We got the films developed back in LA and had a big slide show – when the first slide hit the wall, 8ft long and shimmering in the darkness with all these colours, so alive, I just thought ‘Oh my god, I’ve got to do more of this.’ You were one of the official photographers for Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 – often viewed as the event that kick-started the ‘Summer of Love’. Monterey was the first great big music festival that we had.
It was halfway up the coast and united the San Fran crowd with the LA crowd. We had heard about this group that smashed their instruments and this was interesting to us.