I’m a big La Monte Young fan. The number of hours I’ve spent with his recordings, and immersed in the Dream House, is incalculable. I’ve seen him sing on a number of occasions, and go to see performances of his music whenever I can. He has shaped the way I hear.

Young is a contentious figure. He is credited with founding Minimalist music, and is a composer of profoundly beautiful and important music.  He has been a steadfast contributor to the counterculture for more than half a century, but his unwillingness to conform has often rendered him to the hands of neglect. He is  perceived as a difficult public persona, has an unyielding control of his recordings and legacy, and a sometimes projects a frustrating need for acknowledgement. I thought I’d shine some light in his direction. This is a collection of photographs from the 60’s and 70’s. It contains images of Young and many of his collaborators. They shed light on a world outside of the mainstream, during a time of deep creative ferment. I hope you enjoy.

 

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Tania Mouraud, Terry Riley, Ann Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, La Monte Young, and Marian Zazeela

 

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Anne Riley, Terry Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela

 

The Theater of Eternal Music (also known as the Dream Syndicate) perform in a private loft, New York, New York, December 12, 1965. From left, American musician Tony Conrad, musician and composer La Monte Young, visual artist and musician Marion Zazeela, and Welsh musician John Cale. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

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Theatre of Eternal Music – Tony Conrad, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, and John Cale

 

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La Monte Young

 

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La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela

 

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La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela

 

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La Monte Young

 

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La Monte Young

 

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La Monte Young

 

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Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Pandit Pran Nath

 

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La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela

 

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La Monte Young, Pandit Pran Nath, and Marian Zazeela

 

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La Monte Young

 

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La Monte Young and Yoko Ono

 

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La Monte Young, Pandit Pran Nath, and Marian Zazeela

 

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La Monte Young, Pandit Pran Nath, and Marian Zazeela

 

 

 

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