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Linda Eastman on Photographing The Doors

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I first photographed The Doors at a small New York club, close to the 59th Street Bridge, called Ondine’s, which was a favorite place for out of town bands to come and play residencies.

It was the winter of 1966 and I was down there with some friends to see a Los Angeles band that Elektra Records had recently signed. I had my camera with me and started taking pictures of them as they played.

No one in New York had heard of The Doors. They had never performed outside of Los Angeles and hadn’t released any records. Because they were unknown and the club was so intimate I had the unique opportunity of being able to get up really close as they played.

It wasn’t Jim Morrison’s looks that struck me first about him. It was the poetry of his songs and the way he would get completely lost in the music. He had this habit of cupping his hand behind his ear so the he could hear his vocals the way the traditional folk singers did. I thought the whole band was great; Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore were all very creative musicans.

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Final Encounter

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1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.

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La La Lush – Bronx, New York

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Colourful, vibrant, edgy. La La Lush deliver an old school ambience infused with a modern flare. They are the perfect addition to your  party play list and will keep you wanting more.  – Fresh Independence

Name:

La La Lush

 Age:

We don’t really like to define age but I guess if you had to say…23 to 24.

Where are you writing this:

On a bus to NYC

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 How did La La Lush come to be?

We all met at Fordham University in the Bronx. The two Steve’s and Leea began writing and gigging together early on then eventually brought on Cashel and Joe to fill in the missing pieces.

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Katie Buchanan Kansas-NYC

Katie B

Sweet & Fresh with New Found Edge

Music found you through your Grandfather hence a longstanding line of musicians. What is the best advice your Grandfather has given you?

Always leave them wanting more (I had a problem with song length as a kid). Also: practice after every meal, you always have to eat so you always have to practice. That one was a fairly recent declaration, but it’s been his advice by example for years: practice your craft. 

You cite your musical influences as Fiona Apple, early John Mayer, Hanson, Sara Bareilles, Matt Nathanson, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, and Fleetwood Mac. Have you witnessed any of these live shows? What did you take from them?

I’ve seen all but the Beatles (obviously) and Fleetwood Mac (hoping to make that happen this year). I mostly remember crowd interactions.  Aretha taking a second to joke about her less than practical dress as she took a seat at the piano.  It was the best part of amazing show by an amazing icon. Musically, though, the show that’s really stuck with me is Fiona Apple and Blake Mills “Anything We Want”. It was such a stunning display of reworking these famous, complicated productions into this minimalist live performance that felt even bigger and more resonant. The duo version of “I Know:” perfection.

‘Go’ is the title of your upcoming EP. You say it is a “Dark record in a  peaceful place” and you’re the songwriter,instrumentalist and producer of the record. In short: Take us on this organic experience.

Well it ends in a peaceful place, but it mostly reflects a dark time for me. It starts with “Shake Down” which explores the “you and me against the world” trope but from a very cynical place: “you won’t shake me down, you humble hoper” (poetic license on that last word).   That shifts immediately into “Go,” where the first line is “now I’m coming down.” So there’s definitely a lyrical through-line, the push and pull between the emotional and the rational.  “Casting Waves” sweeps it all together in this lovely little place of acceptance. 

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