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FACES of MUSIC is Back in New Digital Apple Book

by MrBonzai on February 20, 2021

Mr. Bonzai’s “FACES of MUSIC: 25 Years of Lunching with Legends”, long out of print, is now available in a new digital Apple Book 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

FACES of MUSIC: 25 Years of Lunching With Legends

“Mr. Bonzai takes you through the inner sanctum of the recording industry to meet artists, producers, and engineers who have shaped modern music.”
- Phil Ramone, producer (Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra)

This insightful and inspiring anthology features over 400 photographs 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, Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Don Was, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa.

“In brilliant words and images, Mr. Bonzai digs deeply into the fine art of making music.” – Ray Manzarek, The Doors

On September 29, 1967, Mr. Bonzai attended his very first recording session at the invitation of John Lennon. The location was London’s EMI Studios, now Abbey Road, and the song was “I Am The Walrus”. In attendance were George, Paul, Ringo, producer George Martin, and engineer Ken Scott. This privileged session with the most influential rock band in history set the stage for a life exploring the world of music and recording. In 1980, Mr. Bonzai settled in Hollywood to begin this collection of photographs and words of wisdom and wit.

Pictured (L-R) are Phil Ramone, Herbie Hancock, Alan Parsons, Mr. Bonzai. George Martin, and Father Guido Sarducci. Photo by Eric Slomanson.

Pictured (L-R) are Phil Ramone, Herbie Hancock, Alan Parsons, Mr. Bonzai. George Martin, and Father Guido Sarducci. Photo by Eric Slomanson.

Mr. Bonzai is an award-winning photographer, music journalist and author. He has written over 1,000 articles for magazines in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and has published numerous books, including “Studio Life” (1984), “Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew” (1992) “The Sound of Money” (2000) “Faces of Music” (2006) “Music Smarts” (2009) and “John Lennon’s Tooth” (2012). His articles and photos have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Music Connection, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles magazine, Disney Channel Magazine, Sound & Recording, and Relix, among others.

View a sample and order, $9.99: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1554156322

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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
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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