TVTV filmed Ken Kesey for our show on the Oscars. He invited us to his Spring Hoo Haw (poetry fest) and I came up with Billy Murray as my soundman (we were supporting him, he slept on our couch, but was soon to join SNL). Last week I was in Woodstock and wandered into a gallery showing an exhibit of Merry Prankster photos of Kesey's bus Further. I mentioned that I had a picture of Billy behind the wheel when we were up on the farm. They said, "we have a video of Bill with William Burroughs and Kesey from 1976 and we wondered where it came from." They popped an ancient DVD into an old TV and up came....
On train during ROLLING THUNDER REVUE. Bob is guiding me as I film moving backward. We interspersed concert filming with Bob’s feature movie REYNALDO AND CLARA.
One day when I was filming Michael Jackson he asked us all to bring our kids to his house to play (he didn’t want to shoot that day) so brought Tamsin and Columbine (I only had those two back then) and Michael brought out his chimp Bubbles and his python, He wanted Bubbles to ride the snake, but somewhere back in their vestigial memory they both knew that they should play different roles.
Later in the same doc film I was one of the two cameras focused on Michael when his hair caught fire. My assistant was nervous as he unloaded that film magazine surrounded by lawyers, producers, and bodyguard.