Sunday, May 17, 2020


In the late 60s, an abandoned house in Topanga Canyon was used for the front cover of The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) and the back of Linda Ronstadt's Hand Sown Home Grown (1969). The Byrds were photographed by rock/celeb photographer Guy Webster at what he referred to as an old stable in Malibu Canyon, but the "house" has recently been spotted and verified one canyon over in Topanga, not far from the Topanga Corral.

The Byrds as pictured are: (left to right) Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, and Michael Clarke. Although David Crosby appeared on several tracks on the album, he had unofficially been fired from the band.  There is speculation that the inclusion of the horse (rather than Crosby) was an inside joke, but Guy Webster denies the accusation.  Linda Rondstadt appears on the right as photographed by Eddie J. Caraeff.

The album superimposed on the house as it appears today.

The house as it appears today with Linda Ronstadt from 1969