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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429932936
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 464,146
File size: 487 KB

About the Author

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.


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 is the author of Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood. He lives in Laurel Canyon.

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Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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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.
CAHunt More than 1 year ago
The book was entertaining in places. I question the accuracy of some of the subjects but he captured the mood of the eras he wrote about quite well. I remember a few of the people mentioned in the part of the book that covered the early-mid 60's to the early 70's, from their coming down to Laguna Beach. Most of it was pathetic and sad. And to portray teenage girls who let themselves be used by over-blown, screwed up, and self inflated musicians as having the least bit of significance or relevency is depressing. That is the one word I can use to describe this book; depressing.
TDurden More than 1 year ago
If you are looking to explore popular music history 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.
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