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Music Photos and Stories

|| John Lennon’s Tooth ||

by MrBonzai on December 26, 2012

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.

Click to get a preview on Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Kobo.  Approx. 30 pages with photos and excerpts from my journal at Abbey Road.

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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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|| New Film: “Weird Al” Meets Mr. Bonzai ||

August 2, 2009 Music Photos and Stories

THIS JUST IN: new “Internet Leak” from Al, a White Stripes spoof called CNR:
Coinciding with my interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic appearing in RELIX magazine, now on the newstands, I have just posted my new BonzFire Film of the conversation (scroll down for the links).   Here is an excerpt from the text interview:
There is [...]

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|| Spinal Tap: LIVE & Back From the Dead! ||

June 28, 2009 Music Photos and Stories

During this 25th Anniversary of the film and album This is Spinal Tap, the band has reunited to set the record straight, once and for all.  What a stupendous relief for the countless fans who empathized with Tap’s well-documented fall from grace and money.  All of the original album has been re-recorded along with much [...]

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|| Ross Hogarth “Delivering that Analog Sound in a Digital World” ||

May 31, 2009 Music Photos and Stories

I’ve seen Ross Hogarth at work many times and he is not only smart, he’s got a lot of heart.  He creates a roomful of comfort, with special considerations for each of the musicians.  It’s a pleasure you can feel in the music he’s recorded with artists such as REM, Ziggy Marley, Keb Mo, Jewel, [...]

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April 26, 2009 Music Photos and Stories

Last Friday, we visited “Weird Al” Yankovic in the studio.  Al’s most recent parody is “Whatever You Like,” which can be downloaded from various music services by going to the offiical Yankovic website. Just click on his site to the right in my “Friends” category.  This tune is from Al’s forthcoming album, and he is [...]

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Jim Scott “Engineering Success” — Got MUSIC SMARTS?

March 8, 2009 Music Photos and Stories

Ace recording engineer/mixer Jim Scott may be one of the best examples of a disappearing breed.  He started his career in the analog days as a gofer at Record Plant LA and worked his way up through the traditional tiers from janitor to assistant engineer, and eventually “super-assistant.”  His first gig as a fledgling solo [...]

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Join Jack Johnson in the studio with Mr. Bonzai

February 7, 2009 Music Photos and Stories

The Surfer’s Path   surfers_path_jack-johnson1
Mix magazine    jack-johnson-instudio1
SchoolJam auf Deutsch   jack_johnson_mrb_german1

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Ozomatli: Don’t Mess with the Dragon!

February 5, 2009 Music Photos and Stories

Ozomatli is a celebration waiting to happen – a fiery brew of jazz-funk, Latin salsa, and urban hip-hop. Basic tracks for their album, “Don’t Mess With the Dragon,” were recorded in Ocean Way’s Studio B with engineer Robert Carranza and KC Porter, who wrote and co-produced with the band. The project was completed at KC [...]

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