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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"He doesn't live amongst the rest of us who have to juggle normal lives and responsibilities with our passion for music and the printed word. Harvey's entire life IS his passion for music and the printed word. He is the consummate historian, the cosmic chronicler, a divine human train wreck of Lester Bangs and Carlos Castaneda. He is the yacking warrior of archetypal anecdotes who has authored many excellent tomes but without a doubt, 'Canyon of Dreams:  The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon,' is his most formidable, dare I say, breathtaking literary work. You don't just read this book, you smell it, hear it and feel it. As a native of L.A. who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and made the trek to Hollywood through the canyon a thousand times, I now traverse that sacred asphalt with a quiet reverence.  And instead of turning the music up in the car, I throttle it down now with hopes I just might -- if i really try -- touch the  spirits of the artists who made the magic and the music.  Bravo, Harvey. Bravo."  --Lonn Friend, author, Life on Planet Rock
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Music journalist, record producer, and longtime resident Kubernik traces the influence of Laurel Canyon on the history of rock 'n' roll. Starting with a brief chronology of the wooded area nestled within Los Angeles, he concentrates on the rock icons who lived and collaborated there. Mainly using the words of a wide variety of former residents, he features obvious 1970s musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and the members of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Eagles; he also shows the breadth of musical activity in the canyon, discussing such onetime residents as Frank Zappa, Eric Burdon, the Turtles, and John Mayall, even portraying the Monkees in a new light. Unlike Michael Walker's Laurel Canyon, Kubernik focuses on the impact of the rural setting within L.A. on the musicians who lived and created there. VERDICT Interspersing interviews and commentary with previously unpublished photos in a stunning graphic layout, Kubernik takes readers on a magical trip into an area that served as the center of rock music for nearly a decade. Fans of the era will eat it up.—Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402765896
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    A Gorgeous Book ~ A Must Have

    My huband was the first to set eyes on this book while we were in Barnes and Noble and he knew I had to have it. It's a large book with tons of text and photos of the people and groups who made up Laurel Canyon. For those who want a walk down memory lane or those who are interested in the "old days" of 60's music, it is a "must have" book.

    I am wrapping it up for myself for a Christmas present this year!!!

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