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Posted August 3, 2012
A fun read. I lived in Nichols Cny from mid 60's to mid 70's. I
A fun read. I lived in Nichols Cny from mid 60's to mid 70's. I know a # of the folks interviewed for this book (some famous, some now gone, some just were average residents). The book relates what was quite an extraordinary time for 'the canyons.' Author's research is well done. This period was electrifying, heady, experimental & a lot of other adjectives. It also in hind sight was scary and many were very immature and all too trusting. But times were different then and those times changed very fast. This book captures the vibes well. I wished I had know when the author was doing his research. I would have contributed and urged him to speak to a few others I keep in touch with to this day.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2011
If you are looking to explore popular music historyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
particularly focusing on the 60s and 70s, this is one of the books you
must read. Walker uses his knowledge of the time period, and the
musical movements going on during those times, to craft a history of
Laurel Canyon. His use of concrete examples and stories, like that of
Frank Zappa's emergence onto the scene, give the reader a great deal
of understanding. One of my favorite quotes from the book comes from a
recount of Laurel Canyon, "...it was kind of a refuge for people who
were incapable of eye-to-eye hustling on Sunset Boulevard. You'd look
out the window and write songs in a flannel shirt about timber and
chrome and guys would come by and sit and listen and whenever they'd
do a line that meant it was a good song." Overall I thought this was a
great book if you are interested in the musical eras of the 60's and
70's; while at times it did seem a little dry, there was always an
interesting anecdote to help spice things up. Anyone over the age of
14 can appreciate this book and I would recommend it to most people.
Posted January 30, 2010
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