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Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood (original 2006; edição 2010)

por Michael Walker (Autor)

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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. During the canyon's golden era, the musicians who lived and worked there scored dozens of landmark hits, selling tens of millions of records and resetting the thermostat of pop culture. Here, journalist Walker tells the 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 --who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood
Autores:Michael Walker (Autor)
Informação:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2010), Edition: First, 200 pages
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  le.vert.galant | Nov 19, 2019 |
This snapshot of Laurel Canyon, by veteran journalist Michael Walker, focuses on the 60's and 70's and provides many rock and roll tidbits, in addition to an indepth exploration of this canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Its strength is in the lively history of bands, musicians, groupies, managers, record company employees, music venues.
His extensive research upholds the view that the time frame and bohemian occupants were critical in forever changing the way
popular music was recorded and marketed.
"Laurel Canyon found itself a nexus of counterculture activity and attitudes in the 1960s" and "Walker focuses on the scene through numerous lenses."

Walker's compilation is wistful is part, but also bittersweet.
Darkness did descend on the canyon....first drugs (pot to cocaine), then the Manson family murder spree.
Anxiety and apprehension infiltrated the canyon.
Cocaine would weave itself into the fabric of the canyon as both a symptom and cause of an era's end.

In 1979, fire destroyed 23 canyon homes.
1981 brought the "Wonderland Massacre".

You'll find Walker's work encompasses pre and post 60's -70's.
I've simply highlighted my particular area of interest.

You'll find a well researched book that I heartily recommend.

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  pennsylady | Jan 29, 2016 |
Much has been written on the subject of 60's/70's Rock and Roll. This book takes a fresh and interesting angle by focusing on a 'neighborhood' and it's influence/involvement in the history of the LA based music scene of this era. Well researched and fun read. ( )
1 vote Loud_Librarian | Aug 28, 2008 |
Let Your Freak Flag Fly for 248 Pages-Illuminating.

Given my interest in this subject, I could not put this down. Excellent. A meaningful historical account which puts things into perspective. The “real” 60’s of LSD, Marijuana, singer-songwriters living in a “love-in” flowery peace, paisley and tie dye existence, perhaps lasted for only a few years before things became darker. But, then again, that is part of the history of it all.

What is also interesting is how the talented musicians of Laurel Canyon in the mid to late sixties spawned a Los Angeles music culture and business which took over the world. It eclipsed New York and might have had its only peer in London with the Beatles and the Stones.

What is for sure is that nothing was ever the same again. I highly recommend this one for those who have an interest in the music, its historical context and the emergence of the music business as we know it today. ( )
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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. During the canyon's golden era, the musicians who lived and worked there scored dozens of landmark hits, selling tens of millions of records and resetting the thermostat of pop culture. Here, journalist Walker tells the 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 --who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed.--From publisher description.

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