Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2009 - Music - 368 pages
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A lavishly illustrated insider’s look at 80 years of music and culture in Laurel Canyon.

 

Laurel Canyon is a zip code with its own play list: to name just a few, Sonny & Cher, The Doors, The Turtles, Canned Heat, Monkees, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Eagles, and Carole King all cultivated their immortal sounds in this L.A.-based musical fraternity.

 

Written by a long-time L.A. resident who knows them all, Canyon of Dreams traces the history of the community and its enduring legacy. Taking a deeply personal approach, it uses a multiple-voice narration based on exclusive interviews with the area’s musical elite. Because of their close and long-time connection with Kubernik, some of these stars are speaking openly for the first time.

 

Eye-opening both visually and informationally, this is a book no music lover can be without! 

Interview highlights include:

 

- For the first time in years, the three surviving Doors talk about performances, recordings, band dynamics, and, of course, Jim Morrison

 

- Randy Meisner reminisces about the Eagles first gig and the recording of “One of These Nights”

 

- Graham Nash reflects on life with Joni Mitchell and describes writing “Our House”

 

- Lou Adler discusses his legendary Sunset Strip venues—the Whisky a Go-Go, Roxy Theater, Rainbow Bar & Grill, and Tapestry—and, with Michele Phillips, reflects on the Monterey Pop Festival.

 

- Slash, a child of the Canyon, details the formation of Guns N' Roses

 

- And much, much more!

 

  

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Review: Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon

User Review  - Luann Yetter - Goodreads

Great illustrations and insight from lots of good sources. But Kubernik errs on the side of over-writing. He makes the rookie journalist's mistake of inserting a variety of attributions when "said" would do the job and stay out of the way of the quote. Why didn't an editor catch this? Read full review

Review: Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon

User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

This is not a book you can stamp with "read" on it. It is a book you are always reading, always go back to. A beautiful layout, big size, totally engrossing edition of a great era in music. Read full review

Contents

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1
bhAftcr
9
The Dragons Lair
18
Voice Your Choice
25
Kentucky Woman
33
Out of Their Heads
44
Somewhere Friday Night
60
bktffter
75
bfonfter II
173
VLues lit the banyon
187
Spill the Wine
194
Tke fitenter of
239
Feel the Earth Move
251
bkjifter
263
The Eagles Have Landed
272
tkafter 16
285

Love Street
83
bkfte r 7
107
Powered by Flowers
117
Living the Blues
124
Wizards of Oz
131
A Lot of Young Girls Are Coming to This Canyon
138
Stormy Waters Ahead
154
From Another Land
164
Hollywood Nights
301
HMfter 13
319
Buddha with a Beat
330
bkjfter
337
tkAfter 0
345
Afterword by Lou Adler
357
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About the author (2009)

Harvey Kubernik, a lifelong resident of the Canyon area, is a veteran music journalist whose work has been published nationally in Melody Maker, The Los Angeles Free Press, Crawdaddy, Musician, Goldmine, MIX, The Los Angeles Times, and MOJO, among others. He has been a record producer since 1979 and was a former West Coast Director of A&R for MCA Records. As a West Hollywood and Laurel Canyon insider, he has unparalleled access to the sources, personalities, and even those who lurk in the shadows of the Canyon.

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