John Olson was 19 when he went to Vietnam. While others his age were trying everything possible to avoid doing that, he had to fight to get to the war. He managed to get assigned to Stars and Stripes in 1967, and less than a year later he had won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of the Siege of Hue, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. He went on to become Life Magazine’s youngest staff photographer, and after Life folded in 1972, he became a highly successful studio photographer in New York. Today, he runs his own Intenet scanning and printing business with his wife Nancy (http://www.nancyscans.com) from his home in Chatham, New York.
In 1971, the likes of Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Elton John and the Jackson Five were some of the most famous celebrities in their world.
But for their parents, these ultra-famous rock stars were still only grown-up children, whom they doted on and fussed over.
LIFE Magazine photographer John Olson followed some of these big name stars home to see their parents to tell the inside story of the private lives of famous musicians and show their person histories.