|| John Lennon’s Tooth ||

December 14, 2021

How I met the Beatles, Thanks to Dorothy  johnlennonstooth

In September of 1967, I walked up to John Lennon’s home south of London. John was asleep, but his housekeeper, Dorothy, let me wait in his garage until he awoke. John came out and invited me in. We spoke about meditation, movies, and music and he invited me to drive into London in his Rolls-Royce, where I witnessed my very first recording session. It was “I Am The Walrus.”

44 Years later, I read online about John’s tooth coming up for auction, offered by the family of Dorothy, who was now 91 years old. I couldn’t believe it. She was the lady who altered my destiny, and she was still alive. We had our first meeting via Skype and I finally was able to thank her. Then she told me her story, which has never been published before, about life at home with John and his family, teaching John how to drive, and other anecdotes from back in the day.

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FACES of MUSIC is Back in New Hi-Res Digital Editions

February 20, 2021 Magazine Covers

Mr. Bonzai’s “FACES of MUSIC: 25 Years of Lunching with Legends”, long out of print, is now available in a new hi-res digital  edition. The original coffee table hardback edition published in 2006 has been converted to a striking digital edition by BookBaby and is now available at the Apple Book Store: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1554156322 and at [...]

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“Mr. Bonzai’s Talking Music” Podcast Pilot

June 15, 2018 Photo of the Week

Back in the 80s and 90s, I conducted monthly magazine interviews with leading musicians, record producers, and audio engineers. Although the audio was not intended for broadcast at that time, today it is an engaging record of historic flavor, colorful and informal — a sonic time machine, if you will. Here are some highlights from [...]

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“Birth of a Record: Toys In The Attic”

February 3, 2017 Photo of the Week

On Saturday afternoon at this year’s Winter NAMM Show, producer/engineer Jack Douglas and Joe Perry of Aerosmith will joined moderator Mr. Bonzai in an exploration of the inception and creation of a great album, the historic “Toys in the Attic.” Recorded at The Record Plant in New York City, it was released in 1975, won [...]

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|| “Birth of a Record: Hotel California” ||

November 8, 2014 Photo of the Week

On Saturday afternoon, January 23, at this year’s 2016 Winter NAMM Show, producer/engineer Bill Szymczyk and Joe Walsh of the Eagles  joined moderator Mr. Bonzai in an exploration of the inception and creation of a great album, 1976’s historic “Hotel California.” Recorded at The Record Plant in LA and Criteria Studios in Miami, it was [...]

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|| Salomon Huerta Presents Keiko Kasai & Mr. Bonzai ||

June 9, 2014 Photo of the Week

2 Artists in Search of Illusion and Identity
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Keiko Kasai “Shadow Tremors”         New works using synthetic fabric, sumi ink
Mr. Bonzai 100 Views of Keiko-san   30 years of pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, pencil works

Keiko Kasai, a graduate of Miyagi University in Sendai, Japan, is well known [...]

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|| The Future Was Now ||

March 3, 2013 Photo of the Week
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|| “O, Let Me Be Your Christmas Tree” and More! ||

November 22, 2012 Photo of the Week

VIDEO HERE! Get the Single on iTunes HERE and  Amazon HERE.
This is my very first song, and it is fitting that it should be a Christmas song because I love the holidays and a “gimme some slack” time when we fill our days with camaraderie and well-wishing, and also a time when we can be [...]

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|| AES — Legendary Artists: Sounds of San Francisco ||

October 7, 2012 Photo of the Week

AES Convention — Saturday, October 27 @ 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM   Moscone Center

45 Years after the Summer of Love — the music, the beat, the vision that defined a restless lifestyle and soaring spirits is very much alive today. Country Joe and the Fish, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Huey Lewis and [...]

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September 9, 2012 Photo of the Week

For the September issue of Mix magazine, I visited once again the big mansion in Laurel Canyon where I photographed The Red Hot Chili Peppers and producer Rick Rubin while they were recording “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic.” More than two decades later, this is The Avett Brothers and ace engineer Ryan Hewitt, and another Rick [...]

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