Category: sunset strip

Iggy Pop in evening gloves at The Whisky, May …

Iggy Pop in evening gloves at The Whisky, May 1970, by Ed Caraeff, via

“The night I introduced Chrissie Hynde to Joan…

“The night I introduced Chrissie Hynde to Joan Jett,” by photographer Donna Santisi

“I met Chrissie in April 1980. The Pretenders were playing their second concert, at the Santa Monica Civic. I was already a huge fan. It was also Joan’s first performance at the Whisky with the Blackhearts. After their show, I took Chrissie upstairs to meet Joan. Chrissie was sisterly with her, giving her advice. 

“At one point, they start dropping their pants to compare the black and blue marks they got from their guitars.” 

(Below, Chrissie pulling off Joan’s pants!)

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“Joan would let me photograph anything I wanted. But I had just met Chrissie and she was more guarded, so she wouldn’t let me take the photo.”

(Below, Donna Santisi photographing the bruises Joan got from playing her guitar!)

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(Top two photos and story source here. Bottom photo source here.)

Led Zeppelin, Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, 1969…

Led Zeppelin, Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, 1969, by Jay Thompson

Iggy Pop at The Whisky, May 1970, by Ed Caraef…

Iggy Pop at The Whisky, May 1970, by Ed Caraeff. “I saw the Pharaohs with no shirts and I thought, ‘It just looks so classic. I have a long torso. I could do that.’”

Debbie Harry and Blondie, tearing it up at The…

Debbie Harry and Blondie, tearing it up at The Whisky, by Donna Santisi

Billboard for Paul McCartney’s first solo albu…

Billboard for Paul McCartney’s first solo album atop Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip. (my edit – click to see larger!) The Linda Ronstadt and Goose Creek Symphony gig on the marquee was April 29-May 3, 1970 (date here), so this was clearly sometime around then.

Black Sabbath in white tuxedos, rented for the…

Black Sabbath in white tuxedos, rented for their first run at Whisky a Go Go on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, Nov. 11-15, 1970. 

Iggy Pop at Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip…

Iggy Pop at Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip, 1973, by Julian Wasser

Sunset Strip billboard for The Jimi Hendrix Ex…

Sunset Strip billboard for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold As Love. Photo by Robert Landau.

Robert Plant on the Sunset Strip in 1975, with…

Robert Plant on the Sunset Strip in 1975, with a billboard for Physical Graffiti visible in lower left. Photo by Peter Simon.