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Repost: Birthplace of Rock

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John Olson for LIFE Magazine, 1971
John Olson

1/3/15: Drafted into the U.S. Army at 19, budding editorial photographer John Olson was assigned to “Stars and Stripes” and sent to photograph the Vietnam War. Best known for the powerful images he captured during the Tet Offensive, his work immediately gained him many accolades, and his reputation as a photo journalist increased by leaps and bounds. At 21, following his military discharge, Olson was hired by LIFE Magazine as their youngest-ever staff photographer. From 1969 through early 1970, he was assigned to the White House and traveled with President Nixon. Then LIFE sent him to take a series of portraits of the most famous rock musicians of the day with their parents in their childhood homes, and things really started to get interesting.

“A hell of a lot more difficult and unrewarding than war photography,” John recalled.

He spent over a year working on the assignment. It must have been so surreal to go from Vietnam to the White House to suburban living rooms. Below are the adorably awkward-yet-vulnerable results of that assignment.

You can learn more about the photography of John Olson on the Life Magazine website.

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa
Elton John (His mother told LIFE, “When he was 4 we used to put him to bed in the day and get him up to play at night for parties.")
Elton John (His mother told LIFE, “When he was 4 we used to put him to bed in the day and get him up to play at night for parties.”)
Grace Slick
Grace Slick
Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker
Donovan
Donovan
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
David Crosby
David Crosby
Richie Havens
Richie Havens

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Repost: Birthplace of Rock

  1. They look like normal parents.

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  2. There’s a charming awkwardness to the photos

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  3. I haven’t seen these, what fun! Those purple walls though (Zappa)! Also, I can see that Grace’s mother gave her some physical beauty!

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  4. That little dog in Donovan’s mother’s lap….

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  5. Reminds me that Cher and her mother not long ago did a DVD together. Yes, I am a huge Cher fan. All of today’s posts are great. Happy to see them — Hal

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