Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon

By Michael Walker

  • Release Date : 2010-05-01
  • Genre : Music
  • FIle Size : 1.11 MB
Score: 4.0
From 16 Ratings
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Laurel Canyon 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.


  • Brilliant!

    By Mvracing
    What a fantastic read... A must for anyone who lived though the all of the turbulence of the 60s and Self awareness of the 70s or the self aggrandizement of the 80s... Not only is the author chronicalizing the music and culture of the "canyon" itself but it's also an incredible treatise of all American culture as a whole... a clear and concise distinct roadmap as to how we got to where we are as a nation. Exquisitely composed and written, it makes you yearn for the time when misspent youth was the norm... Mr Walker takes you on a trip through time and space to Laurel Canyon a sociology experiment like no other, and dissects it in front of you with every page... Well worth the read... Just brilliant great writing by the author.
  • Entertaining yet semi-fictional, contrary to actually categorization

    By Rebecca Lowery
    Now to start off, I like this book. It served its purpose of reminiscent entertainment for hippies and their offspring, anyone at all really who is craving juicy 60s and 70s celebrity gossip and stories would love this book. However, there are quite a few assertions, quotes, facts & figures, that very clearly lack citation, research, specific source information, etc. This would not be a problem, except for the fact that the book is categorized as non-fiction, and presents itself not only as a fact-filled, truthful account of Laurel Canyon and the music scene of LA in the 60s and 70s, but also provides insightful, yet, again, factually baseless accounts of the evolution of the drug culture in the histories of both the US and the UK. Thus, be warned that this is not technically non-fiction and should be ingested with a large grain of salt and honestly, might do better in the fiction section, due to the aforementioned 'facts' it espouses. Do enjoy though! Rather entertaining and anecdotal, as historical pop culture accounts go.