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

by MrBonzai on November 8, 2014


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 released in 1976, won two Grammy Awards and sold over 32 millions copies worldwide. A short YouTube clip is on the right. See the entire program HERE.


Join the crew at Ryan Recording – Mr. Bonzai, Cart, Layla and Smilin’ Deaf Eddie – as they struggle for respectability and profits in the music industry.  It’s a satiric and whimsical journey through the hidden world of recording, filled with colorful characters and bizarre sessions.

Click HERE to read a Studio Life sample and order from iTunes for the iPad and iPhone.

“In England they called it ‘The Goon Show’—in the USA it’s STUDIO LIFE!” —Victor Feldman, Recording Artist and Composer

Studio Life is  available for most eBook readers, as are the other books below.



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

June 9, 2014 Photo of the Week

2 Artists in Search of Illusion and Identity
click for KCET story by Liz Ohanesian
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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|| John Lennon’s Tooth ||

December 26, 2012 Music Photos and Stories

How I met the Beatles, Thanks to Dorothy 

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 [...]

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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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|| Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Album at Ocean Way ||

August 5, 2012 Music Photos and Stories

The new 50th Anniversary Beach Boys album, “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard chart — the band’s best ever debut and a milestone in their chart-topping history.  On the very last day of sessions at Ocean Way, I was privileged to be the only photographer on hand.
For millions of [...]

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|| FACES of MUSIC is Now Available as an eBook ||

April 8, 2012 Photo of the Week

This insightful and inspiring anthology features over 400 photographs, many never-before published, and 160 interviews with popular music artists, songwriters, producers, and recording engineers including Jimmy Buffet, Ed Cherney, Leonard Cohen, Devo, Geoff Emerick, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Kramer, k.d. lang, David Lynch, George Massenburg, George Martin, Robert Moog, Willie Nelson, Phil Ramone, Carlos [...]

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