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Thread #113112   Message #3324927
Posted By: GUEST,Greg Alexander
19-Mar-12 - 12:17 AM
Thread Name: looking for les claypool
Subject: RE: looking for les claypool
I spent many a time with Les Claypool and his second wife Anne in the late 60's and early 70's. I have a great old photo of Les and Annie, sort of an "American Hippie Gothic". It is from a 1971 Christmas party invitation to their home in Highland Park after they had to leave their redwood bungalo in the wild hills of Echo Park.

(I tried to paste the photo, but so far, no luck)

I had one of their Christmas cards with Les cradling his rifle, sitting next to Annie. Les would have a few shots of whiskey and then take out that rifle at a party.   He would swing it around and yell at anyone who objected saying something like. "What's wrong with you....The clip is out!!!!

Annie was the Librarian at my High School in 1970. I met Les at the many parties they had at their house in the hills in Echo Park, and later in the hills of Highland Park.    I always listened to his show on KPFK, including his bitter sweet last show. He did the set up as..."What would I play if this were my last show?"   As the show went on, I kind of had the feeling it might be, but really didn't know until the very end.    Les was a prolific photographer, so it is a shame that I couldn't find any pictures of him online.
At a party one night, a friend of Les and Annie's showed us all a 16mm movie that he made of some pretty cool images that he had created with a laser.   I remember thinking "this is unbelievably cool, but how will they make any money with it?"    Well Ivan went on to create the Laserium show that ran over 25 years at the Griffith Park Observatory.

Les was larger than life and an an incredible experience.   That was an incredible time!   I lost touch with Les and Anne in the late 70's.