LAUREL CANYON DAZE | CSN, JONI MITCHELL, JACKSON BROWNE, MAMA CASS, THE EAGLES

The epic tales of Laurel Canyon’s heyday continues to linger like the warm smell of colitas rising up through the air… It’s here that the SoCal sound was born out of an era of relaxed morals (fucking sex), folks expanding their mental horizons (drugs), and a wave of eclectic misfits coming from all over to launch, reinvent, or escape their musical careers (rock ‘n’ roll) in this sleepy, smoky, winding hippy enclave. And the women, Mama Cass & Joni Mitchell, were the (wise and worldly beyond their years) matriarchs watching over over this peaceful, easy-feeling, community headquartered on Lookout Mountain. Henry Diltz was a friend and photographer to many in the scene those days, and his visual record and memories of these times is priceless.

“When I first came out to L.A. [in 1968], my friend Joel Bernstein found an old book in a flea market that said, ‘Ask anyone in America where the craziest people live and they’ll tell you California. Ask anyone in California where the craziest people live and they’ll say Los Angeles. Ask anyone in Los Angeles where the craziest people live and they’ll tell you Hollywood. Ask anyone in Hollywood where the craziest people live and they’ll say Laurel Canyon. And ask anyone in Laurel Canyon where the craziest people live and they’ll say Lookout Mountain.’ So I bought a house on Lookout Mountain.” —Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell home Lookout Mountain Avenue Laurel Canyon 1970 © Henry Dilitz

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“TAKE NONE GIVE NONE” | A FILM ON THE LEGENDARY CHOSEN FEW MC

CHOSEN FEW MC MOTORCYCLE CLUB

In 1959, the Chosen Few MC officially formed out in LA on the cusp of the chaotic ’60s. As they tell it —“The 60s was a hell of a time. With the Civil Rights Movement, The Viet Nam War, Flower Power & Free Love. Sex, Drugs, and  Rock & Roll. Also the Crazy World of the Outlaw Bikers…When you talk of the Outlaw Bikers you automatically think of ‘Them Crazy White Boys’ doing what a lot of folk wish they could do. Live Life Like You Want & Fuck You And Your Rules. Well Guess What? There was some crazy Black bikers who felt the same way, and didn’t give a Fuck. Thus was born the Black Outlaw Bikers!”

Now there is a documentary on the Chosen Few in work, hopefully soon to be released, that tells their story. Hearing these guys speak about their brotherhood and love of riding in the above trailer gave me chills. If you like what you see, like their page, follow them on twitter, leave a comment on their site— all that social media shit that says YES, GIVE IT TO ME! I WANT TO SEE IT!

Take None Give None evolved from a long-term relationship between the photographer Gusmano Cesaretti and the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club. In 2010, he teamed up with photographer Kurt Mangum, and a team of talented professional cinematographers to capture in light, motion and sound what it feels like to ride with the oldest integrated outlaw motorcycle club in the United States.

During the two years of filming, the club experienced many changes — from the mounting tensions and differences between the founding members and the younger generation, to the raiding and seizure of their historic South Central clubhouse by the LAPD. There have been many poorly-researched and superficial news stories about the club in recent years, but this film hopes to offer a ground level, unfiltered and unbiased look at what it means to be one of the Chosen Few.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCOTT POMMIER | SCOTTERBOTS NOW ON TUMBLR

Friend and photographer Scott Pommier has recently created a tumblr consisting of newer images, old favorites and some cool outtakes– sort of a rolling edit of his epic work that you can check out here. Get over, enjoy, and if you like what you see, follow!

— Image by © Scott Pommier

— Image by © Scott Pommier

— Image by © Scott Pommier

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THE EPIC BIKE BUILD GOES TO GLORY | THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Honda CL350 motorcycle built by GLORY Motor Works for the film, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” –Image by © COOP, see more here

In case you missed it– Bike EXIF ran a great piece on the bike build by Justin Kell and crew at his GLORY Motor Works in LA for the highly anticipated David Fincher film, The Girl with the Dragon TattooAfter seeing the 2009 original, I’ve been going nuts waiting for Fincher’s release– as he’s bound to take Stieg Larsson’s riveting novel to cinematic greatness. He obviously picked the right guy to bring Lisbeth Slander’s bike alive– it will no doubt become a prime object of obsession in itself. Justin chose the humble Honda CL-350 (an unlikely hero, much like Lisbeth herself), whose classic, clean lines don’t need much finessing to quickly blossom into the ultimate bare-bones damaged bastard that packs more punch than meets the eye.

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GET OUT AND SEE SOMETHING COOL | IT’S BETTER IN THE WIND & 21 HELMETS

A couple of quick announcements for two cool, upcoming happenings– 

Photographer and friend Scott Toepfer is screening his epic short “It’s Better in the Wind”, yes!

Wednesday, 11/30 @ 9pm at The Mandrake Bar – 2692 S La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034 (between Venice Blvd. &  Washington Blvd).

TSY BFF East Side Moto Babes will be in attendance, and there will even be a screening of SHUTTER SPEED. Come on, come all!

See See Motorcycles (Portland, Oregon) is unveiling 21 Helmets. Huh? 21 white Bell helmets that were custom-designed by noted weirdo artists, including photographer Ray Gordon of Throttled fame.

21 Helmets: Dec. 9th – 10th, 5pm – 10pm, See See Motorcycles, 1642 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR

Plenty of PBR will also be on-hand… so shit– get there.

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SCOTT POMMIER | PHOTOGRAPHER & FRIEND FEATURED ON CAMERABAG.TV

Scott Pommier shooting Stacie B. London for –SHUTTER SPEED– image courtesy of Camerabag.tv

Camerabag.tv has a great profile on photographer extraordinaire, and friend of TSY— Scott Pommier. I’m a huge Pommier fan (or “Half-pint” as I like to call him…) as a person– not to mention his talent, perspective and attitude.  He was an incredibly professional, focused and generous artist to work with back on the Shutter Speed shoot for TSY.  Scott was the one to reach out with the idea to collaborate on a shoot, and I’ll always remember and be indebted to him for the selfless generosity, the cool guy that he is, and the incredible images and memories that came of it.  Here’s to you, brother.

Photographer Scott Pommier on his Harley-Davidson Panhead — image courtesy of Camerabag.tv

Photographer Scott Pommier shooting on his skateboard — image courtesy of Camerabag.tv

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A TIME TO GET BUSY WITH NICK’S RAD PRE-PARTY PHOTOS OF SHUTTER SPEED

Nick Maggio is the creative force behind A TIME TO GET and one helluva a photographer to boot who snapped these amazing pics of the TSY SHUTTER SPEED party @Secret Service LA setup and goings-on. Thanks, buddy.  They deserve a show all their own…

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TSY | SHUTTER SPEED party, SECRETSERVICE.LA — Photograph by Nick Maggio

TSY | SHUTTER SPEED party, SECRETSERVICE.LA — Photograph by Nick Maggio

TSY | SHUTTER SPEED party, SECRETSERVICE.LA — Photograph by Nick Maggio

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THE SELVEDGE YARD PRESENTS — SHUTTER SPEED @SECRET SERVICE LA

TSY is proud to present — SHUTTER SPEED — hosted by the fine folks @Secret Service LA.

You’re invited to the first, of hopefully many, TSY artistic celebrations chronicling the lives of Natural Born World Shakers.

Remember all that talk back in January about —

“This is the perfect time to go out and discover those living amongst us that truly inspire, create, innovate, and challenge– those who are living life on the edge, and on their own terms.  There is a new generation of natural born world shakers out there that will one day be immortalized in the annals of history.  They are courageously doing their own thing, and heeding the ultimate call– I feel it’s my humble calling to seek them out.”

Stacie B. London — Artist, Rider, Fire-breather, Founder of East Side Moto Babes, Exhibition Production Coordinator @MOCA.  Check.

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THE DOORS | WHEN THE MUSIC’S OVER MORRISON HOTEL & HARD ROCK CAFE

After shooting the ‘Morrison Hotel’ images for said album, Jim Morrison’s need for drink drove the band down to L.A.’s skid row, where The Doors happened upon a little dive bar called ‘Hard Rock Cafe’. The boys were all piled in John Densmore’s VW van with photographer Henry Diltz, when they collectively spotted the joint with the now famous name on East 5th St. and all said, “Oh, we gotta go in there!”

Side one of  ‘Morrison Hotel’ would end up being named ‘Hard Rock Cafe’, and famously pictured on the back of the album.  The shots taken that day back in December of ’69 are some of my favorite Doors’ pics. Years later photographer Henry Diltz recalled–

“I guess though sometime the next year after the album came out with that picture on the back, they [The Doors] got a call from England and this guy says, ‘Hello. Would you mind if we use that name on the back of your album? We’re starting a cafe over here in London and we would like to use that name.’ And they said, ‘No, go ahead,’ and that was the beginning of it. Now every time I go into a Hard Rock Cafe, whatever city I’m in, I always feel like I should get a free hamburger.”

December 1969, Los Angeles, CA — The Doors barside at the original Hard Rock Cafe on East 5th Street in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Sadly, it’s no longer there. — Image by © Henry Diltz/Corbis


December 1969, Los Angeles, CA — The Doors outside the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Los Angeles — Image by © Henry Diltz/Corbis

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STYLE FROM THE CITY OF ANGELS | THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCOTT POMMIER

Scott Pommier is someone I really dig as an artist– and for just being a cool, unassuming guy.  His sense of humor is understated and dry, true to Canadian form– yet there’s an intensity to him when he shoots where you just stand back and watch a master in his element do his thang with laser-like focus.

Pommier shoots a lot of bike related images that he’s become especially known for (Scott himself has three H-D’s), but the guy is also one badass fashion photographer.

Case in point–

Photograph by © Scott Pommier

Photograph by © Scott Pommier

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