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Friday, January 22, 2010

Larry "L.A." Johnson: 1947 - 2010

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Larry "L.A." Johnson: 1947 - 2010


It is with great sadness that we report that Neil Young's long time film maker and producer Larry "L.A." Johnson passed away yesterday. He was 62.

To say that this is a terrible blow to Shakey Pictures and the Neil Young community is a vast understatement. "L.A."'s contributions to the Neil canon are immeasurable and will be missed tremendously.

Neil Young said in a statement:
"He never lost the eye and ear of an original artist, one unafraid to listen to himself first. Even more, he also kept his playful spirit and sense of humor, the things that sparked his heart for a lifetime spent doing what he loved best: listening to music and making movies."

Johnson was one of the original East Coast guerrilla documentary filmmakers in the 1960's. He worked on the legendary "Woodstock" film of the 1969 festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in the sound category.

It was at Woodstock where L.A. and Neil Young first met. Johnson went on to film CSNY at the Fillmore East in 1970 and produce Neil Young’s film Journey Through the Past.

Johnson also filmed Young’s concert film, Rust Never Sleeps, and was also producer of Young’s feature film Human Highway. He directed Young’s 1986 Cow Palace concert "Live From a Rusted-Out Garage" for Pay Per View -- arguably the "single greatest video document of Neil Young and Crazy Horse."

From Wikipedia:
As head of Young’s film production company, Shakey Pictures, Johnson has produced Young’s concert videos, Weld, Year of the Horse, Neil Young: Silver and Gold, and Neil Young: Red Rocks Live, directing the latter two as well. Johnson continued working with Young on his many projects including the long-awaited Archives Volume One and was co-producer of Young’s ambitious concept album Greendale (2003).

Johnson also co-produced Young’s 2006 protest album, Living with War and served as in-house video director on many of Young’s tours, including the CSNY "Freedom of Speech" tour, which drew heavily from Young's anti-war album. He produced the albums' music videos and co-produced the film CSNY/Déjà Vu.

Johnson continued to work with Young on his latest film project, a documentary about converting older gas-guzzling automobiles into fuel-efficient, low emission, environment-friendly vehicles titled, "Linc-Volt." Johnson was heavily involved in the both the video and physical production of the two decade gestation of Young's "Archives," and was credited as the producer of Volume 1, released in June, 2008.

From official Neil Young Times website:
"Meeting Neil Young at Woodstock would begin a four-decades long partnership that continued right up to the present, with the release of the Grammy Award-nominated 'Neil Young Archives: Volume I' Blu-Ray box set, which has been described as a groundbreaking work combining all the various mediums of music, film and print in a way that has never been done. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in creating this revolutionary new Blu-Ray Media platform, which may very well be recognized as the enduring standard to experience music and other historical events in the digital age."

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Larry "L.A." Johnson and Trevor “T.R.” Hosier with Linc-Volt
Photo courtesy of Youngtown Rock Museum


From Trevor “T.R.” Hosier with Youngtown Rock Museum:
Just got off the phone with Will Mitchell...Larry's partner. We are in shock. One didn't have to know L.A. Johnson for long to determine he was a great talent and a great guy. Modest, bright, and witty, he made a big impression. My wife Brenda and I took great satisfaction in knowing we would stay in touch with Larry...he referred to us as "his friends from Canada".

Apparently he died while preparing to go to a hockey game, his great passion in recent years. A huge loss to Neil and friends, love and best wishes go out to all who grieve his passing.

Although gone, its clear this great man will not be forgotten.


Trevor Hosier
Youngtown Museum

From Neil Young News: Larry Johnson & Elliot Roberts Interview on Greendale:
Question: I've never seen anything like Greendale before.

Larry Johnson: Well, here at Shakey Pictures [Neil Young's production company] we pride ourselves on things like that. (laughs)

Question: It's been quite a while since Neil Young's last directorial effort [1982's Human Highway]. How did this movie version of Greendale initially come about?

Eliot Roberts: It started when Neil began writing. We had already set up the recording studio to be filmed - from the very beginning we had blue screens set up so we could film the band as they laid down their tracks. Then Neil started bringing in these great songs about these amazing characters, and once things started rolling, the film just started to evolve.

Question: What was your role in the recording of the album?

Larry Johnson: I produced the record. Neil came into the studio with two members of Crazy Horse [Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot] and started recording. It was really interesting - we had a small crew there to film everything and once Neil started playing these songs about characters he created, after we'd get them down, all of us would ask, "What about grandpa? What happened to grandpa?" All these plots and relationships had become developed. Neil would just come in every day with a new chapter to the Greendale story. The town of Greendale became real.

Question: When did it go from being a concert movie to becoming a full-fledged musical of sorts?

ER: Probably about halfway through. The story didn't really finish evolving until all the songs were finished, but as this was all happening, we knew that there was going to be something more to Greendale than just blue screens on the wall.

Question: Greendale, at least for public consumption, started off as a series of live concert performances. Was the film shot before these shows?

Larry Johnson: Yeah. We filmed the movie and then the tour was an extension of that. We all got really into it. The shows got really good and everyone started wanting more out of this little town. Whether it was a live show or a movie or a filmed concert - Greendale was a thing that could really just go on and on. Greendale is such a dysfunctional town. It's typical small-town America: Everyone has a story. Everyone has good and bad sides.

Question: Was it always intended to be an elaborate stage production?

ER: We actually did an acoustic solo tour of Europe first, and as that was happening, the idea for the stage show became a reality. It wasn't until we came back to the States to do another series of acoustic shows that we really started developing the more theatrical elements of Greendale.

Question: Greendale had been through so many permutations by the time it hit the festival circuit. What was it like seeing the finished film?

ER: I've been involved with the project from the recording process to the very end of the whole thing. It's a very long process, but you never get a chance to sit back and just look at it. It's constantly evolving.

Larry Johnson: For me, the movie really came alive in the editing process. It came alive at live shows as well, but it wasn't until we took it on the road - we showed at Toronto and in Texas and a bunch of other places - that it really kicked in. It was an interesting run.

Question: The film has a very down-home feel. Where did you shoot?

Larry Johnson: We shot in and around Half Moon Bay in Northern California - we shot a little in Pescadero, as well. It was really great - there was a great deal of spontaneity in making the film. We shot near our homes, we worked with our friends. It was a really wonderful process.

Question: How long did it take to shoot and edit the film?

Larry Johnson: We shot for about thirteen days. Then we did some pick-ups after the first round of editing. And then the editing process lasted about two months. It wasn't very long.

Question: What's next for Shakey Pictures?

Larry Johnson: We're getting the extended version of Human Highway ready for DVD later this year. Shakey Pictures has been very active for the last few months, and we're just going to keep going until our projects are finished. With Greendale and then this - it's been a great experience.

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L.A. Johnson and Elliot Roberts
SXSW Panel, Austin, Texas


From Guitar Player, Shakey Pictures Larry "L.A." Johnson on the Archives:
“We had cameras around all the time, because Neil has always been interested in film,” said Johnson. “And we’ve been assembling all this stuff for decades, but we waited until technology caught up with what Neil envisioned for the Archives. He didn’t want this material released on videotape, and he wasn’t all that happy with DVD. It wasn’t until Blu-ray where we thought the media would do the material full justice, visually and sonically.

When asked about The Neil Archives Bluray Disc Live downloads, Larry Johnson commented:
“This keeps it fresh for Neil, but it drives me crazy,” said Johnson, who is managing delivering updates to fans. “He keeps giving and giving.”"

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Our hearts go out to all at Shakey Pictures and the Neil Young family.

We'll miss you L.A. Thanks for the memories. Your work will live on.

"Sing a song for freedom
sing a song for love
sing a song for depressed angels
falling from above"


And light a candle.

UPDATE:
Neil Young pays tribute to L.A. on final Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien with "Long May You Run".


UPDATE II:
Also, see official Neil Young Times website obituary and tribute.


UPDATE III:
Neil Young News: The Warm & Loving Memories of Bridge 2010 - Video Tribute to L.A. Johnson

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At 1/22/2010 01:43:00 PM, Blogger designschicago said...

RIP Larry

Thanks for all you did!

 
At 1/22/2010 01:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible news. Rest in peace Larry.
Tim

 
At 1/22/2010 02:07:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

It's another terrible loss after the death of David Briggs.
Thanks for all your work.

Rest In Peace.

Andrea."So Tired"

 
At 1/22/2010 02:12:00 PM, Blogger karen said...

Oh no. That is devastating news. Larry was a lovely man, he will be terriby missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends and Neil and Shakey Pictures. I am so so sorry. Rest In Peace, my friend. Much Love, Karen

 
At 1/22/2010 02:16:00 PM, Anonymous Todd said...

"..you'll make the world
a better place
with or without you.."

RIP Larry Johnson.

 
At 1/22/2010 02:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Larry on only two occasions but was struck by how open and real he was. As a friend of a friend he accepted me as if we had known each other for years. My thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed.

J

 
At 1/22/2010 02:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is sad news indeed.I love JTTP and Rust Never Sleeps.Have yet to see Human Highway and Rusted Out Garage.My heart and sympathy go out to all friends and family of Larry Johnson.He will be missed.RIP.

Rancho Relaxo

 
At 1/22/2010 02:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very sad news. L.A. did a lot of great work with Neil. And he certainly played a big part in putting the ARCHIVES together. He will be missed...

RIP Larry Johnson

-- Joe in T.O.

 
At 1/22/2010 02:37:00 PM, Blogger Gil said...

This is sad news. My condolences to the family and friends of Larry Johnson. I remember seeing that first film, Journey Through The Past, when it was out in theaters many moons ago. R.I.P.

 
At 1/22/2010 02:38:00 PM, Blogger Zak Claxton said...

Very sad news indeed. I got a LOT of enjoyment out of Larry's creative genius, and both the man and his work will be missed. Rest in peace.

 
At 1/22/2010 02:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA, thank you for the joy you have given us all. Thoughts to Family and Friends.
Roger LIVE RUST

 
At 1/22/2010 02:48:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

so sad to hear. thanks for the work.

 
At 1/22/2010 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous punkdavid said...

This is very sad news, of course for Larry's passing and the loss felt by his friends and family. But he was so involved with Neil's projects, especially recently where Neil has had so much multimedia focus. His loss will be felt far into the future as well. As someone else said, this has to be Neil's greatest professional loss since Briggs.

This seems so sudden. Does anyone know the circumstances behind this? Truly terrible news.

Be sound, Larry. Peace.

--PunkDavid

 
At 1/22/2010 03:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very sad news indeed.

LA Johnson was involved in Woodstock, the Last Waltz, all the Neil stuff.....such a critical figure in the rise of Rock and Roll over the last 40 years.

Fortunately, he got to see the release of Neil's archives....after decades of work.

Perhaps a nice touch would be a BluRay Live release to honor LA Johnson in some way.

Major Bummer.

Johnny Rocket!

 
At 1/22/2010 03:46:00 PM, Anonymous Andrew Byrom said...

This is awful news, LA was an elemental part of Neil's work. What a tragic loss of life at such an early age. RIP.

 
At 1/22/2010 04:05:00 PM, Anonymous Kathy HGS said...

He was always with Neil and company constantly doing or supervising videography. I will miss his presence at Bridge School Concerts and other Neil concerts at which I was present. It is with sadness that I wish him peace in his new place. RIP Larry.


Peace, Paintin" and Smilin' in all four directions
Kathy HGS

 
At 1/22/2010 04:10:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Thank you all for you kind words and thoughts.
We are all missing our dear friend and colleague today.

-Archives Guy

 
At 1/22/2010 04:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart go to all Larry's friends and relatives.
He will be missed.
Rest In Peace.
Bill

 
At 1/22/2010 04:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry "goes".
bill

 
At 1/22/2010 04:27:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Ya know, I'm really starting to struggle with loss.
Everday I wake to the reality of another passing of someone that has had a lasting impression and influence in my life..whether it be someone close or just an acquaintance, it saddens me greatly.

L.A. was obviously a major player in the Neil Deal..and a death in "The family" will have a profound effect on him...but...from these heartbreaks, there always seems to rise a motivation, an incentive that sparks a thought in Neil to write.

From adversity, The Neil Phoenix will rise with inspiration...expect another great album from the ashes of sadness...

RIP Larry

Doc

 
At 1/22/2010 04:30:00 PM, Anonymous Carson I. said...

I am so sorry to hear about this loss. My thoughts go out to Larry's family and everyone whose life he has touched. Shakey Pictures won't be the same without L.A. Rest in peace.

 
At 1/22/2010 04:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how Neil performs during the Conan O'Brien segment tonight.

Very sad, emotional backdrop.

 
At 1/22/2010 04:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man! This is really bad news.

My thoughts are with his family at this sad time, I know they must miss him greatly right now.

:-(

Davie from Scotland

 
At 1/22/2010 05:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such devastating news. My heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues. He left this earth way too soon.

What a great loss for the whole Neil Young community.

He sleeps with angels tonight.

Jill

 
At 1/22/2010 05:38:00 PM, Anonymous expecting2fly said...

By all accounts, LA Johnson was a talented, wonderful man and great friend to Neil and his associates. I am very saddened to hear of his loss. My thoughts go out to his family and friends; I share in their mourning.

Mike

 
At 1/22/2010 05:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathies to his children Ben and Hannah

 
At 1/22/2010 06:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace to all the family and friends. We will miss you Mr. LA. My last look at your smiling face will stay frozen in my mind. I'm so shocked that you are gone and I just can't wrap my mind around it. We'll continue to work hard for Shakey and do things your way. Sadness, Peace.
C.

 
At 1/22/2010 06:30:00 PM, Blogger Ian said...

LA, call action in the TV sky, get Briggs on the desk.
RIP and a heartfelt thankyou
Ian in Scotland

 
At 1/22/2010 06:39:00 PM, Blogger CLEAN said...

Really hard to believe you won't be walking through our door anymore. I am stunned.....shocked

My heart goes out to L.A.'s family, and to the whole Shakey crew.

nick
TMS

i'll miss you dude

 
At 1/22/2010 06:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace my Friend

 
At 1/22/2010 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the true (non-Band Member) inner circle, not many people left...

Joel Bernstein
Elliot
Gary Burden
Mazzeo

These guys have all been there from the very beginning. Who else?

Diltz, but not sure how close he is with Neil these days.

You can throw in Larry Cragg, though he came into the fray in the early 70s.

Then, of course, you got the band members - CSN, Furay, Crazy Horse.

Gonna be a sad sight seeing Neil on the Conan show tonight. This has Tonight's the Night-type feel written all over it.

Johnny Rocket!

 
At 1/22/2010 07:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad...was he sick? what did he die from? real shocker

 
At 1/22/2010 08:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is crushing news...life is fleeting folks...for us all...Thank you Larry for all your efforts, your love and your commitment...we'll miss you!!

Dave in Newfoundland

 
At 1/22/2010 08:38:00 PM, Anonymous RP said...

All of us here where you lived are so very sad to hear your gone. Your friendship and making us smile all the time will never be forgotten my friend. We will all miss you deeply!

 
At 1/22/2010 09:23:00 PM, Anonymous ShittyHorse said...

LA! Wow man, just unfortunate, terrible, sad. He did fantastic work and he will be missed.
Peace brother.

 
At 1/22/2010 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like a Giant Redwood has fallen.
No more reaching for the sky for sunlight. No more rain needed for the roots to soak up.
But fallen trees give nutrients to the ones who remain standing and still look for sunlight and rain.

That is an artists' legacy.

 
At 1/22/2010 10:36:00 PM, Blogger Sound Style Sun said...

Sad, very sad... L.A.Johnson was,to me, ...a liner note that made the moment happen on that album. I read his name, new he made things happen, he was an icon to me in the shadows.Very sad. We really do live for Neil "and company". Love to Family!!

 
At 1/22/2010 11:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear such sad news. My condoences to Larry's family and friends. Larry gave so much to us all in his work with Neil over the decades. We really appreacated everything he has done for us all.
Thank You Larry Rest in Peace.
Glenn in T.O.

 
At 1/22/2010 11:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will someone please tell me how he died? Was he sick for some time or was it sudden?

 
At 1/23/2010 12:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Larry from the Lincvolt project - a more down to earth and genuine person I will never meet. I am deeply saddened by his passing. He was a very nice person...

 
At 1/23/2010 01:51:00 AM, Anonymous Falko said...

Sad news...
Thanks for ur work...

R.i.P


Falko

 
At 1/23/2010 07:16:00 AM, Blogger Crris said...

Rest in Peace L.A. The World's a lesser place without you.

 
At 1/23/2010 07:41:00 AM, Anonymous Liza said...

I am so sorry to here about this sad loss. My deepest condolences to his family and Shakey Pictures.
“He sleeps with angels (Too soon)”

Love, Liza

 
At 1/23/2010 09:07:00 AM, Anonymous edi_udine said...

My condolences,I am very sad.

 
At 1/23/2010 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Shadow said...

Larry RIP thanks for all your works .

Tom

"The Searcher"
Michigan

 
At 1/23/2010 11:32:00 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Larry's first job was actually what I thought was going to be my first job. It was 1968, I was in film school, and Micheal Wadleigh (who was teaching the cinematography course) said he wanted to add one more person to his company PARADIGM, which consisted of him and John Binder. He asked me and I was already shooting some so I dropped out of NYU. Somehow the job got put off week after week, I went on to other projects and when I stopped by PARADIGM I meet this teenager in a white jump suit and a pony tail. That was Larry. He got my job.

We were immediate friends but I soon teamed up with Petur Hliddal as my soundman partner and Larry worked with Wadleigh and then later with Dave Myers so we met mostly at concerts, which we termed "the meeting of the tribes" since in those days they were filmed by cameraman/soundman teams.
During ROLLING THUNDER there were times when Dave and I were both shooting but Larry was the only soundman around. He found a way to record for both of us simultaneously, in a virtuoso dance of radio mikes and his omnipresent shootgun. He looked ecstatic doing the job of two soundmen, and doing it well.

While editing this project about TVTV I spent some time listening to his interview. At one point he speaks of loving making film and that he didn't always bother to watch the final product. . He said it was the camaraderie, the adventure, the joy of film making that he loved. I dialed him right up and remarked that I felt the same way, that this was what was wrong with us, and also what was right. I loved him....... R.I.P.

--

 
At 1/23/2010 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Willage said...

Thanks for the great story and memories, Paul.

Will Mitchell

 
At 1/23/2010 12:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Production"

I'll miss hearing it. Wishing you the best upstream.

 
At 1/23/2010 01:27:00 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Your wonderful smile and tremendous talents will be sorely missed. Sincere sympathy to your family, friends & associates. You are but a memory away.

T & L, neighbors

 
At 1/23/2010 02:20:00 PM, Anonymous Roland said...

I´m so sorry to hear about this sad loss.
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Roland

 
At 1/23/2010 05:03:00 PM, Anonymous valorie said...

my dear friend, i can't believe you're gone, you will be forever in my heart

 
At 1/23/2010 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my dear friend i can't believe you are gone...you will be forever in my heart

 
At 1/24/2010 11:42:00 AM, Blogger STARR said...

I said, when I heard, OMG . NOT Larry . NOOOO . he was too young to die ..
I found out because I got an Email from someone who found my E by searching for Wadleigh .. He wanted to get in touch with Michael to tell him the awful news ..
I worked on the re edit of WOODSTOCK in 1994 with Michael . Larry was always in the office .. he was JUST super . we stayed in touch for a LONG time . I recently thought, I have not been in touch with Larry and tried to find his E .. did NOT and did not try harder:( ..
Larry took a lot of photos of Michael & me and I took some of him .. one of which was put in the WS press kit when the 25th redo came out . that Photo is someplace . and I CAN see it in my mind . with his dark glasses on .. closeup and his 'cap' on .. he was JUST wonderful .. he took me to lunch at WarnerBros to thank me . thank me? . He was a HUGE help . I should have taken him to lunch! .. but no, Larry was THE best and anyone who knew him, knows that . anyone who did NOT know him .. their loss ..
When I saw Neil Young on Conan the other night, I thought, Larry is there . I should have gone . but he would not have been there since he had already 'left us' . It had to be terribly hard for Neil Young to do his wonderful tribute to Conan without Larry being there ..
I shall miss him and Michael was as shocked .. if not more-so than I was ..
Larry, LA Johnson .. R.I.P. .. you have left the world with many memories and a better place as well .. I thank you so much ..

Love forever,

Nancy

 
At 1/24/2010 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous BarryS said...

I only met Larry recently but I can tell you that my immediate impression was that he was such a kind and genuine person. He took me through his collection of sound gear and we talked for a while about the old analog days. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all the good people at Shakey pictures.

 
At 1/24/2010 12:00:00 PM, Blogger Burnzy said...

Awful news. My condolences to the family and friends. R.I.P.

Larry was a great man and his work will continue to inspire.

 
At 1/24/2010 03:38:00 PM, Anonymous kennyk t.o. said...

I was lucky to have worked with Larry on a few small tv jobs. He as a cameraman, myself sound recordist. I am saddened for his family and close friends to have lost someone so bright in a world of darkness, at to early of an age.
17 years ago before my first son was born I asked Larry how to name a child. He replied, " after a fruit and a dead president". I followed half of his advice.
Love you man,
KennyK T.O.

 
At 1/25/2010 09:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must once again say how sorry I am to hear about the loss of Larry Johnson.What a talent.JTTP is a GREAT movie.I get it.I get it.It just shows what ol' Neil was going through at the time.Both the the reality and the surreal.Rust Never Sleeps is AWESOME as well.I must have watched JTTP 6 or 7 times since getting Archives vol.1.Then of course I've seen Rust several times over the years.Had it on VHS for years then got the DVD when it came out.LOVE it.Love it.Hope to see Human Highway,Rusted Out Garage and Solo Trans someday.Hopefuly on Blu-ray.There's a good article about Larry on Neil's site.READ IT.Love you LA.Long May You Run.

Rancho Relaxo

 
At 1/25/2010 01:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA johnson was my friend, brother, teacher, idol!
we first met @ the gates of the ranch in 1985. neil sent him to greet me and take me up to the house in a old willy's jeep with no doors or roof.it was my 1st year working for warner bros.records as a local promo rep. and i was on may way to a meeting with my hero. i asked him why neil decided to do an interview with a radio station i had waiting @ the gate ready to do a live broadcast in the station van ( i was told it would never happen) and his reply was, we like you. you made an impression on neil after the show last night.as we approached the house he turned to me and said "don't take yourself so serious...it will steal your creativity"
at the time i had no idea what he meant.. i was so fucking nervous for what was about to take place.
everything was so overwhelming.the ranch , the road,the sky .. i had seen them all on record covers.
he opened his heart and his wings and took me in to a place i have never left since that summer day.
i loved you larry johnson and today i know exactly what you meant when you said "don't take yourself so serious......"
you taught me everything i know.
gary

 
At 1/25/2010 03:33:00 PM, Blogger jeri.barton said...

Just heard the news about Larry today. My heart is so heavy with grief. I worked with Larry on Human Highway in 1980. He was an adorable man and was so kind to me. He will be missed and my heart goes out to his children. God Bless you L.A. man!
Jeri B.

 
At 1/25/2010 07:34:00 PM, Anonymous Sheila C. said...

I am blown away. My thoughts are with Leslie, Ben, and Hannah as they find a way to cope with Larry's move to another vehicle.
Our usual parting words when we touched base after our initial meet were:
Me "See you in a year or two."
Larry "If you're lucky!"
And for some (not long enough) while, I was.

 
At 1/26/2010 05:35:00 PM, Anonymous Teri Morris said...

Larry Johnson was my uncle by marriage. Although I have not seen him for many years I will truly miss him as he has been a huge part of my family since I can remember. My thoughts and love are with you Sessie, Ben and Hannah.
I Love you,
Teri

A poem for Larry. Anonymous
I can not say, and I will not say: That he is dead. He is just away! With a cheery smile, a wave of the hand; He has wandered into an unknown land; And he left us dreaming how very fair; His needs must be, since he lingers there; And you - of you, who the wildest yearn; For the old-time step and glad return. Think of him faring on, as dear; In the love of There, as the love of Here. Think of him still as the same I say - He is not dead - he is just away.

R.I.P Larry

 
At 1/26/2010 06:08:00 PM, Anonymous Pepper Mouser said...

I only worked with him once, on a TVTV documentary of Superbowl X. Forty of us living family style in a 9 bedroom house in Miami for a week. There were several legends in that crew and Larry stood out. I was a nobody but he made me feel like one of "them". I've never forgotten, and never will. Adios L.A.

 
At 1/27/2010 11:40:00 PM, Blogger Worthless Recluse said...

RIP. Like all Neil fans, I have gotten boundless enjoyment from Larry's work. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

 
At 1/28/2010 01:32:00 PM, Blogger tomtrumpet said...

thanks to everyone for sharing all your wonderful storys about Larry Johnson. I had the great privleage of working with him during the Living w/War recordings. Everything he touched he made better.
God bless the family and extended family..
R I P L A Johnson..

tomtrumpet

 
At 1/28/2010 06:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is not dead, that friend not dead,

But, in the path we mortals tread,

Gone some few, trifling steps ahead,

and nearer to the end;

So that you too, once past the bend,

Shall, meet again, as face to face, this friend

You fancy dead.

Robert Louis Stevenson

 
At 1/30/2010 10:29:00 PM, Anonymous GA said...

What a strange, small little world we are in. I knew Larry, a bit 'post' Jeanne (Field), and during the TVTV times. He always looked after Neil's dear son so protectively. I was at his first wedding to Leslie, at Joni's home, in attendance with John Binder. I know Jeanne always held a very special love for him. Larry was a dear sweet man and I wish I had known him better. Gone so soon. Love to his family. xoxo

 
At 3/12/2011 04:35:00 PM, Blogger Jud said...

Larry was my Uncle. I first met Larry when he married my Aunt at Jonie Mitchells house. I was 9 Years old. Jonie and David Crosby wrote and preformed the song my Aunt walked down the brick walkway she walked down in Jonie's back yard. Grahm Nash paid $50.00 for a mail order ministers licence and preformed the ceremony. This was one of my best childhood memories. Over the years Larry's work inspired me to get involved in videography and I am now a television news photojournalist. I spend many hours looking at Uncle Larry's work teaching myself to film the way he did. You are deeply missed uncle larry. But you will live forever through your work.

Jud Morris
JWM News and Video Productions
253-229-6974

 

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