Category: women in rock

Janis Joplin at Woodstock (barefoot!), by Henry Diltz

Marianne Faithfull’s record player, via

Cass Elliot,  1968, by Henry Diltz, via YouTube.

(This is, oddly enough, the poster frame for a fan-made video of the title track of The Mamas and The Papas 1971 album, People Like Us, linked in the source.)

Janis Joplin at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, April 12 1968, by Ted Streshinsky. Photo source here, details here.


Kate Bush in December 1979.


Janis Joplin, San Francisco 1968, by Baron Wolman


Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1969

The photo used for the album cover is by Susan Wood, taken in Room No. 1, Second West Ward, Queen Charlotte Hospital, Hammersmith during Yoko’s troubled pregnancy in November 1968, which ended in a miscarriage on November 21.

John had begun his stay with Yoko in a bed next to hers, shown below. When the hospital needed the bed for another patient, John brought in a sleeping bag and stayed on the floor.  The photos here are taken from the CD release, with additional context from Graham Calkin, here. (Tons of great stuff on his site – do click around when you have a chance!)

In the photo below, as well as John’s dirty stockinged feet on the bed, note the photos of the other three Beatles above his head! Those look like Ethan Russell’s portraits included with The White Album, which was in the mixing stages while John was making Unfinished Music, and released during Yoko’s time in the hospital.

There’s so much hype around The Beatles and so much noise around John & Yoko that it’s easy to forget that they were also humans with lives who were just trying to get through the day. These are some of my favorite photos of them.

Joni Mitchell, kinda glam, 1974, by Henry Diltz


Linda Ronstadt

Backstage at Paul’s Mall in Boston, November 2, 1970, by Jeff Albertson


The Runaways 1977

Joan Jett, Cherie Curry, Jackie Fox, Lita Ford and Sandy West