Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 1, 2010 - Music - 304 pages
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In the late sixties and early seventies, an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had before them. Thirty years later, the music made in Laurel Canyon continues to pour from radios, iPods, and concert stages around the world. During the canyon's golden era, the musicians who lived and worked there scored dozens of landmark hits, from "California Dreamin'" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to "It's Too Late," selling tens of millions of records and resetting the thermostat of pop culture.

In Laurel Canyon, veteran journalist Michael Walker tells the inside story of this unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom's leading musical lights—including Joni Mitchell; Jim Morrison; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; John Mayall; the Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; the Eagles; and Frank Zappa, to name just a few—who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed.

 

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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

This snapshot of Laurel Canyon, by veteran journalist Michael Walker, focuses on the 60's and 70's and provides many rock and roll tidbits, in addition to an indepth exploration of this canyon ... Read full review

LAUREL CANYON: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood

User Review  - Kirkus

An uninspired tribute to Laurel Canyon.Pop-culture writer Walker (the New York Times, Rolling Stone, etc.) has a potentially interesting hook for an umpteenth recounting of the Los Angeles music scene ... Read full review

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Michael Walker has written extensively about popular culture for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He lives in Laurel Canyon.

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