Shooting stars: Carinthia West’s views of the 70s to be exhibited in Bath | Photography
When you need to haul half the Rolling Stones and a pregnant woman to an all night party on Malibu beach, what do you use? Neil Young’s hearse of course.
The rock’n’roll story of the birth of Ronnie and Krissy Wood’s son, Jesse James, will feature in an exhibit featuring rare and intimate photographs of rock stars, comedians and actors from the ’70s.
They were whisked away by model, actor and “it” girl Carinthia West who hung out with circles of friends including the Stones, Beatles guitarist George Harrison and actors Eric Idle, Helen Mirren, Shelly Duvall and Anjelica Huston. And West still had a camera.
“It always seemed such a natural thing to do,” she said. “It was like a prop on my arm all the time, right there. I’m even quite surprised when I look at all my photos… I think: “I don’t remember taking this!” “
They document many crazy stories, perhaps none crazier than the story of Wood’s birth in California in 1976, which she captured in a series of photographs called The Long Night.
West remembers being upstairs with Krissy Wood when she went into labor. Downstairs, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger and various fellow actors and musicians including Neil Young, Warren Beatty, Rick Danko, David Carradine, Linda Ronstadt and California State Governor Jerry Brown were partying.
Young donated the hearse he used to transport his guitars as an ambulance. Jagger, the Woods and West piled up but were delayed by Beatty, Ronstadt and Brown asking for a 2am comeback.
“I had to take matters into my own hands because everyone was too scared to say anything,” West said. “I said, ‘You must be kidding, we have to go straight to the hospital. Your houses are only about 100 meters away! What are you talking about?'”
The work was long, so people slept in the hospital waiting room. Once the baby was born, he left for lunch at La Scala restaurant, where actor David Janssen sent a magnum of champagne. And then at the Kit Kat club for more partying in the middle of the afternoon. “It was a long, wonderful night… crazy,” West said. “But that ended up with the adorable Jesse.
The exhibition, at the American Museum & Gardens in Bath, includes previously unseen photographs. “I keep finding things,” West said. “I promise you I still have four or five thousand negatives to go through that might have something interesting.”
The show contains footage from movie sets, parties and events such as the filming of the 1976 album for Pink Floyd’s Animals, when a huge bouncy pig broke free from its moorings at Battersea Power Station. As it drifted over London, flights from Heathrow were delayed and an RAF helicopter was dispatched. The pig eventually landed in a farmer’s field in Kent.
Almost everyone in West’s photographs is smiling. One shows Jagger with a diamond in his teeth and markedly dilated pupils. “I’m not saying a word,” West said. “I think we all had them back then.”
Show curator Steven Parissien said West’s photographs showed familiar faces “like real people, rather than a polished version of themselves,” adding: “They show a simpler time when people were less self-aware and obsessed with their appearance. camera.”
The Tories have also asked West to rummage through her wardrobe to find clothes from the ’70s that they plan to put on display. “I can’t tell you the hot pants that I found, that I had embroidered and patched, the Moroccan belts, the chiffon blouses – and they are all tiny of course. People are going to say, “Did you really get to the heart of the matter?” “
One of her favorites is an Afghan coat that she painted and beaded with Egyptian hieroglyphics. “How on earth?” she said. “I think we had time to do it because you weren’t Instagram and email. I found it at the back of a cupboard. I remember Lemmy [Motörhead frontman Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister] saying I’ll give you five for this coat, “I love it.” I said I wouldn’t give it to you for £ 500! “