Monthly Archives: December 2008

Just like you and I, rock stars all have parents too. In the deep dusty corners of the Life Magazine archives, these pictures have turned up – famous 70’s rock stars with their parents, taken in their parents’ houses.

These pictures are strangely humanizing… They all seem to have real, honest-to-goodness, “normal” seeming families.


Frank Zappa with his parents Francis and Rosemary in California.


David Crosby with his father Floyd in father’s house in Ojai, California.


Grace Slick with her mom Virginia Wing in her mom’s home in Palo Alto


Eric Clapton with his grandmother Rose in the house he bought her in Surrey, England.


Jackson Five Michael, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jackson

All pictures John Olson, Life

Thanks to the online music and audio magazine

Mitch Epstein

Pictures made in the 70s and 80s of people in the public landscape, including some from the monograph Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988. The project mixes images from the United States, India, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.


Old Delhi, India 1981


Nishat Gardens, Shrinagar, India 1981


Ganpati Festival, Bombay 1981


Hadrian’s Villa, Rome, Italy 1982

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