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  • Writer's pictureJose Martinez


On a beautiful Cinco de Mayo afternoon, the Sunset Marquis Hotel played host to an exclusive celebration for Henry Diltz: The Canyon of Dreams, bringing the spirit and music of Laurel Canyon back to life. Presented by the Morrison Hotel Gallery, the event honored icon and photographer Henry Diltz amidst a VIP gathering of luminaries and music enthusiasts.

Against the backdrop of this legendary venue, renowned guests, including Ethan Hawke, lead singer of the Who Roger Daltrey, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, and rock legend Alice Cooper were spotted, adding to the glamor of the occasion. The evening's highlight featured a captivating performance by LA-based folk-rock band Dawes, who delivered a memorable set at the private villa pool.

"It was a true honor to revive the spirit of Laurel Canyon as we paid tribute to our beloved friend, Henry Diltz," said Timothy White, Creative Director and Partner of Morrison Hotel Gallery.


The event was made possible through the sponsorship of Children in Conflict who aids children whose lives have been torn apart by conflict in some of the world's high conflict areas in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America, Great Mountain Partners, and Trailer Park Group.


Henry Diltz is a music photographer who has shot more than 250 album covers and thousands of publicity photos in the ‘60s and ‘70s, including the iconic Morrison Hotel cover for The Doors. Other artists, whose fly-on-the-wall style portraits he’s known for, include musical legends such as the Eagles, Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, America, Steppenwolf, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, The Monkees, and David Cassidy. He was also the official photographer at the Woodstock festival in August 1969.

Click here to see the collection of Laurel Canyon: The Canyon of Dreams photographs.


The West Hollywood outpost of the Morrison Hotel Gallery is located in the lobby of The Sunset Marquis Hotel at 1200 Alta Loma Road. Open daily.


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