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Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine by David Kukoff

With the tragic and bloody ending to the optimistic 1960s in Los Angeles's fabled hills, the 1970s became a defining decade in the city. Marked by the Manson murders, rampant inflation, and recession, the decade seemed to usher in a gritty and unsightly reality. The city of glitz and glamour overnight became the city of smog and traffic, a cultural and environmental wasteland.

Los Angeles in the 1970s was a complex and complicated city with local cultural touchstones that rarely made it near the silver screen. In Los Angeles in the 1970s , LA natives, transplants, and escapees talk about their personal lives intersecting with the city during a decade of struggle. From The Doors' John Densmore seeing the titular L.A. Woman on a billboard on Sunset, to Deanne Stillman's twisting path from Ohioan to New Yorker to finally finding her true home as an Angeleno, to Chip Jacobs' thrilling retelling of the "snake in the mailbox" attempted murder, to Anthony Davis recounting his time as "Notre Dame Killer" and USC football hero, and Samantha Geimer discussing the timbre of Los Angeles in the time leading up to her assault at the hands of Roman Polanski, these are stories of the real Los Angeles—families trying to survive the closing of factories, teens cruising Van Nuys Boulevard, the Chicano Moratorium that killed three protestors, the making of a porn legend.

Los Angeles in the 1970s is a love letter to the sprawling and complicated fabric of a Los Angeles often forgotten and mostly overlooked. Welcome to the Gold Mine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942600718
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 787,104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has eleven produced film and television credits to his name. He has written for every studio and network in Hollywood, has published two books on film and television writing, and has been the subject of features.

Table of Contents

1 — Introduction by David Kukoff
5 — L.A. Woman Redux by John Densmore
11 — What Needed Screwing Got Screwed by Luis J. Rodriguez
17 — Venice Bohemia: From Abbot Kinney to the Z-Boys by Joe Donnelly
29 — Snake vs. Wolf by Chip Jacobs
53 — March 1974
by Dana Johnson
61 — From the Desert to the Sea: First Encounters with Los Angeles by Deanne Stillman
73 — Hamburgers, Hemorrhages, and Haute Cuisine by Lynne Friedman
87 — The Making of a (Tennis) Player by Joel Drucker
101 — Ritam Bhara Pragya by Howard Gewirtz
115 — "Me? I've Got a Pilot."
by Ken Levine
123 — Shitty Lead Guitarist Takes California by Storm by Geza X
135 — Merging Worlds: Los Angeles, 1979
by Mitch Schneider
143 — I was an Illegal?
by Jillian Franklyn
151 — Bright Lights, B-City by Bruce Ferber
163 — Last Button on the Left: The Late, Great Z Channel by Matthew Specktor
169 — Heart of Dorkness: How Dr. Demento Saved my Bony, White Ass by Michael Lazarou
183 — For Now by Lynell George
197 — Borrowing Sugar by Susan Hayden
203 — It was Fun While it Lasted: Scientology, est, High Times,
and Higher Learning at Uni High by David Kukoff
237 — Cruising Van Nuys Boulevard by Rick McCloskey
253 — The Notre Dame Killer by Anthony Davis and Jeremy Rosenberg
265 — The Day Three Chicanos Died by Del Zamora
271 — Snapshots: Seventies Performance Art in LA
by Erica Lyons and Debra Wacks
281 — Running for City Council in the 1970s by Joy Picus
289 — Just an Ordinary Girl by Samantha Geimer
297 — Johnny Wadd: Origins by Bob Chinn
309 — The Snake and Bake Murder by Steve Hodel
331 — A Few, Mostly True, Things About LA
by Jim Natal
335 — When Reality was a Joke: the Making of Albert Brooks'
Real Life (1979)
by Tom Teicholz

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