Awesome Portrait Photos of Rock Stars of the 1960s and 1970s at Home With Their Parents:
They had fame, reams of money and fans willing to do wild, unmentionable things just to breathe the same air — but in its September 24, 1971 issue, LIFE magazine illustrated a different side of the lives of rock stars. Like other mere mortals, they often came from humble backgrounds, with moms and dads who bragged about them, fussed over them, called them on their nonsense and worried about them every single day.
Assigned to take portraits of the artists at home with their sweetly square folks, photographer John Olson traveled from the suburbs of London to Brooklyn to the Bay Area, capturing in his work the love that bridged any cultural and generational divides that existed between his subjects.
Here's a gallery of Rock legends -- Clapton, Zappa, Elton John, Grace Slick and more -- and their totally square, totally sweet parents.
1. Frank Zappa in his Los Angeles home with his dad, Francis, his mom, Rosemarie, and his cat in 1970.
2. The Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick poses with her mother, Virginia Wing, in the living room of the home where she grew up in Palo Alto, California in 1970.
3. In one of the photos that ultimately ran in LIFE (photographer John Olson went back to Palo Alto for a re-shoot), new mom Grace dangles her daughter China by the feet in 1971.
4. In 1970 Rose Clapp shows off her tea service and Eric Clapton, her rock-god guitarist grandson, Surrey, England.
5. The former Reggie Dwight, later known as Elton John, laughs with his mom Sheila Fairebrother and her husband Fred (whom he affectionately called "Derf," Fred spelled backwards) in their suburban London apartment in 1970.
6. David Crosby with his father, 1970.
7. Ginger Baker and his mum, 1970.
8. Ginger Baker, the Cream and Blind Faith drummer, flashes a rare smile with his mother Ruby Streatfield inside her rowhouse in Bexley, outside London, in 1970.
9. Joe Cocker with his mother, 1970.
10. Grace steps outside with her mom and little China in 1971.
11. Richie Havens with his parents, Brooklyn in 1970.
12. The Jackson 5 with their parents standing by, 13-year-old dynamo Michael (front left) and his brothers Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Jermaine straddle their motorbikes by the pool, 1970.
13. Scottish folk musician Donovan and his parents, Donald and Winifred Leitch, England in 1970.
Labels: 1970s, culture, famous people, life, music, portraits
It's so sad to look back to those day when we rode bikes and had picnics stayed out till midnight playing red rover or blind man's bluff with all the Kids on the block we.New nothing and our innocence lasted well into our teens the internet destroyed childhood
The quality of the photos are so good, makes you think they were taken recently not nearly 50 years ago!
Also the photo of the ginger guy outside his house, reminds me of my street. Insane how little London houses of changed on the outside!
People still do stupid baby stunts unfortunately! I grew up right up the street from Grace Slick in Palo Alto, California. I missed all the rock and roll fun because my parents really thought it was evil!
I think that the photo of Frank Zappa has the painting that appeared on the cover of Alice Cooper's first record (Pretties for You) in the background. Zappa produced the album, so I suppose it makes sense...
Interesting photos of the rock 'n' rollers I grew up listening to. I was particularly taken with the opening photo of Frank Zappa and his mom and dad. Frank Zappa was a major influence in my love of poetry.
Great shots of all my music heroes...well a bunch of them :) . Really nice to see them with their folks. By the way, when can we get a picture set of YOU oh lovely announcer...would love to see your modeling shoots :). I know that many of your fans would love this as well.
In some of those pictures the parents look more like grandparents, I'm in my mid 50's and could quite easily have 30 year old offspring yet I don't look that old and neither do people I know in my age group, did people look older in those days?
THE idea that you could stay young looking didn't resonate until the 70s and most older people (40s, 50s) just felt more comfortable looking the way their parents did. Life expectancy was still low in the 1960s compared to now. I'm 57 and wear jeans and tee shirts, it's what I feel comfortable in. But, yeah, people looked, acted, dressed old at what we consider a young age now!
His Luciferian patents probably knocked them out, or he had birth defects about his mouth or teeth. His "mother" is a man. Men don't make good mothers, contrary to their baseless propaganda. Maybe Mommy Dearest, also a tranny, knocked his teeth out.
His gums look deformed. That may have also been a birth defect caused by being carried in a tranny's abdominal cavity.
All of their mothers are men, trannies. Grace Slick is a man. Grace Slick's daughter is a man. These are all Luciferian families. That is why they were allowed to be rock stars. And that also explains the talent pool.
I seriously doubt that any of their parents cared for them enough to "worry about them," as you presumptuously stated. Luciferians do not love their children. They abuse and use them. Those are the rules.
You have no idea what forces you are dealing with. It's not from the devil or your made up hell. It's much more ancient. If you can understand through the fog of drug induced hallucinations you are experiencing, understand that it is not wise to disturb something you are not prepared to deal with.
A year later: There are very few real human trannies. The tranny is a Serpent Seed agenda, and an innate trait of many Serpent Seed. The Baphomet Spawn take after their father, the Baphomet aka Satan. Most singers are witches, because witches like to cast spells with singing.
Devil, you can keep your retarded and perverse, hollow world, for as long as it lasts, which won't be much longer ...
Well, Marvin's dad shot him later on, which could be construed as less than parental affection. Looking at David Crosby's dad, and knowing what David Crosby was at the time, that picture may not be totally representative, though of course I could be completely wrong.
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