Peter Wood would have been 58 today. If you've read Everybody I Shot Is Dead you already know I have a certain affection for this particular Peter, even though he could be a bit of an imp. This is one of my top ten favorite photographs in the book and Peter Wood is one of the unsung heroes that I want everyone to remember.
He was an amazing keyboard player and writer - he co-wrote Year of the Cat with Al Stewart - but he was also an excellent photographer. He took the photo of me that I used on the cover of my book. It couldn't be more perfect and I thank him for that.
He also took another one of me that I decided to put in the book. And I get a lot of comments on how cute it is - so thanks for that one too. The top one is the Al Stewart Band (the six guys in back) with band manager Luke (front right), record rep Monica Netupsky (front center) and Janus record dude Alan. The middle one is Peter and his cracker and the bottom is the candid he shot of me.
It's hard to find footage of Peter. I wanted Year of the Cat since he also wrote it but all the versions on youtube are done after he parted ways with Al Stewart. But...he also played keyboards (and accordian) on Lou Reed's 1984 album New Sensations so I managed to dig up this footage while he was touring with Lou. And of course it doesn't get any better than Lou Reed. You can really see Peter playing up close from the 7 minute mark on.
Happy Birthday, Peter! I miss you. Think of you often. And wish I could see you the way you were in 1975 just one more time.