Cinematographer David Myers of Mill Valley - whose five decade career included being behind the camera for the directing debut of fellow Marin resident George Lucas - died Thursday at a Mill Valley hospital. He was 90. The cause of death was not available.
Besides the feature films on his resume, Myers also shot numerous music documentaries, including Woodstock, Elvis on Tour, The Grateful Dead Movie and The Last Waltz, directed by another fledgling filmmaker named Martin Scorsese. In addition to "Elvis On Tour" and "Woodstock," the Oscar-winning 1970 film about the legendary outdoor rock festival, Mr. Myers shot a string of music and concert movies, including "Mad Dogs & Englishmen," "Let the Good Times Roll," "Wattstax," "Johnny Cash: Live at San Quentin," "Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie," Bob Dylan's "Hard Rain" and Joni Mitchell's "Shadows and Light."
He was not very positive on Elvis, he was much more impressed by Jimi Hendrix's performance than Presley's. Myers recalled that Presley was "so drugged" by 1972, when the concert tour was filmed, that performing "was sort of an old trick for him." according to the obituary from the Arizona Republic newspaper.
Source: Various / Updated: Sep 6, 2004