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

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

  • Title: Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood
  • Author: MichaelWalker
  • ISBN: 9780571211494
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 CanyoIn 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.

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  • MichaelWalker

    Michael Walker is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, author and journalist.His first book, LAUREL CANYON THE INSIDE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL S LEGENDARY NEIGHBORHOOD Farrar Straus Giroux , spent seven months on the Los Angeles Times Book Review nonfiction bestseller list, is in its 16h printing and continues to receive worldwide acclaim A winding, invitingportrait of a bohemian quarter that played a prominent role in the foundation of rock music, the New York Times wrote in its review WHAT YOU WANT IS IN THE LIMO Spiegel Grau Random House, 2013 , was praised by Rolling Stone as a reminder of why the world would eventually need punk rock Film rights were purchased by Johnny Depp s Infinitum Nihil productions DELTA LADY, his collaboration Grammy winning singer and songwriter Rita Coolidge, was published in April 2016 by HarperCollins.20th Century Fox and Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum are developing his screenplay, Anything, Anywhere, Anytime, based on his magazine feature about the world of cargo pilots.Michael s reporting and writing about pop culture have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, Rolling Stone, Men s Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Billboard, the Hollywood Reporter and many other national and international publications He has worked as an editor at the New York Times and the Los Angeles TimesPRESENTATIONDaniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency 212.337.0934 Marc Von Arx, Nelson Davis LLP 424 214 4800


  • Midway through "Laurel Canyon," I realized that I was reading the literary equivalent of a VH1 "Behind the Music" episode: It's fun and breezy and there are lots of famous people mentioned, but after a while you realize that it's fairly poorly constructed and that there's no there there. The book is purportedly a profile of a neighborhood in which lots of incredibly creative musicians--Joni Mitchell, CSN, Frank Zappa, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, the Mamas and the Papas--lived and worked, but the [...]

  • I've been listening to this book in my car to and from work and found it interesting for the most part. I'm not a big fan of CSN, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell and the gang from the L.A. mid-sixties folk/rock scene, but do appreciate their place in pop-culture history. There is some padding in the book, with asides about Altamont, Woodstock, Charles Manson, cocaine and Led Zeppelin groupies. Groupies as a whole do not make for interesting subject matter and the ones sourced for this book seem to have [...]

  • I would read a book about tax accounting if Michael Walker were writing it. Luckily, he writes about stuff I'm already obsessed with. In Laurel Canyon, Walker thoughtfully lays out how an idyllic canyon rising incongruously from grimy Sunset Boulevard became legendary in shaping the music industry of the '60s and '70s. Largely chronological, he starts with how LA's thriving earnest folk scene of the late '50s/early '60s became an earnest, but flashy and druggy rock scene as the decade progressed [...]

  • I really enjoyed this, even though I wasn't familiar with about half the players (record execs, mostly.) It follows the history of the canyon from about The Byrds in the early 60s to the Wonderland murders in 1979, with a teeny bit about 80s and 90s. It was so decadent, now I am interested in learning more about the groupies, from Pamela des Barre to Sable Starr. I can't wait to carve out some time to listen to my Joni Mitchell and CSNY albums again. Hey did you know Peter Tork was a party anima [...]

  • What I enjoyed most about this was book was how it put the legendary Laurel Canyon music scene in context – not necessarily within the world at large, but within itself. The evolution of, and (in more detail) the demise of, the brief, geographically-confined era that gave the world some of its most beautiful folk/rock music is explored in a variety of interesting ways. Walker focuses on the scene through numerous lenses, from groupies to drugs (the latter particularly well-done for its look at [...]

  • I drive through Laurel Canyon everyday and I have a new appreciation of what an amazing history it has. I loved reading about the musicians that gravitated here. It's a quick read and thoroughly enjoyable. If you have a chance to read THE WRECKING CREW as well, they make terrific companion pieces.

  • Kim Fowley: "It was the custom in those days [c.1945] to dress your child in a miniature version of whatever the military uniform was that you wore. So I was a six-and-a-half-year-old guy in a Navy outfit, and my dad [who was a B-Movie actor in the '30s and early 40's] and all his buddies decided to go to Hollywood and score opium at Robert Benchley's place…then we rolled down to Schwab's, where Doug Fowley put me on the bar and said, 'Gather 'round! Son, welcome to Hollywood! This is a Jewish [...]

  • Michael Walker has written an engaging narrative about hallowed rock and roll geography. Like many histories of a cultural era, momentum gathers and crests early and the rest of the book reads more as a post-mortem. Still, the voices ring out clear, particularly those of the less famous denizens of the canyon. The comments of more famous residents seem to be culled from other published sources rather than from interview with Walker. Walker includes more voices of women than is usual in accounts [...]

  • As I checked this book out and left the library with it I had the feeling of indulgence in a guilty pleasure - that I was about to engage in a little voyeuristic peeping in on scenes from a time and place which I'd read enough of to know was remarkable for its creativity but perhaps equally for its hedonistic excess. To a certain extent both curiosities were satisfied. Just as much as I cared to know of the excess was revealed in ways which really didn't seem gratuitous and a great deal about th [...]

  • A spooky read that traces the rise and fall of what used to be one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Los Angeles. In many respects it parallels the evolution of Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. In the 60s it's all peace and love and grooy vibes. Joni Mitchell is shacking with Graham Nash, writing ballads about "The Canyon", assorted characters from the Byrds, the Buffalo Springfield, the Stone Ponies, the Eagles and other laid back LA country folk types are lounging around getting high and li [...]

  • This book tells the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of this peculiar LA neighbourhood. Actually, the golden age of Laurel Canyon lies very much in the past. During the 60’s a group of musicians took residence there, mainly because of cheap rent and convenient location. One after the other, they started churning out hit songs, thus attracting more musicians and hangers on.Among the musicians mentioned are Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Still & Nash, “Mama” Cass and Frank Zappa. Their heyday [...]

  • The problem for me with this book is that so little of it is actually about Laurel Canyon and its residents; there are a few big names that author Michael Walker barely even mentions and notable albums, such as Jackie DeShannon's album Laurel Canyon (which was even named after the place!) is only namechecked because its cover in is the famous Country Store. I realise that context is important, and believe me there is plenty of that in here, but at one point the author actually needlessly goes in [...]

  • A fascinating disjointed tangential history Other reviews have said the same however it bears repeating: this book sounds as if it was written in a one benzidrine field session with Rogers thesaurus used at least twice every paragraph.It had moments of brilliance but then the author woiod invariably go off on an unrelated tangent.There were many stories and anecdotes that simply abruptly which is unfortunate as Walker is a good story teller.For me as a Gen X'er, the music was the drumbeat of my [...]

  • A fascinating look at the LA music scene from the early 1960's through the end of the 1970's. I initially saw this book at the Getty Center in LA. This book provided reference material for an exhibit at the Getty on the LA music scene.While the book "Summer of Love" by Joel Selvin covers San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood, this book covers Los Angele's Laurel Canyon. Many notable people lived in Laurel Canyon including Jodi Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Frank Zappa. The author [...]

  • I liked it but I've read a few books now on this topic and topics like it and you're basically reading it for gossip on musicians and celebs although in this one it's not so much gossip as the feeling of the Laurel Canyon area and how it transformed and morphed over the decades into something different and yet, pretty much the same. The biggest changes for Laurel Canyon and Los Angeles in general were the Manson murders and cocaine. After those introductions everything had a different tone. It's [...]

  • While I liked the content material of the book and the stories involved I thought the vocabulary was way too high for the average reader. How wonderful this book would have been if it was written so you could devour the tales and imagine the comings and goings of all the stars as they traveled through their lives in Laurel Canyon. Instead, you needed a dictionary beside you or just glossed over fancy words hoping to get the gist of it. But I doubt that was the author's intention. What author wri [...]

  • I have previously done much research into the whole Laurel Canyon phenomenon, with Zappa, Mamas and Papas, Jim Morrison and especially Charles Manson. The book does not go into the the full depth of the "rabbit hole" that was Laurel Canyon" too much is left out that is known fact if you've done your research prior to reading this. If not, then its an "interesting" read at best. If you already know about LC, then this is just book that points out many coincidences but never delves into what they [...]

  • I read in another review that this book was mostly gossip - that would have been an improvement. It turned out that this was mostly a look at the sociology of LA in the '60s and '70s. That was an era when some of the best rock music of the last several decades was produced, but instead of a book about the music and the musicians who produced it, we were treated to a shallow look at the culture of the time. Not really worth the time it takes to read it unless you are seeking an advanced degree in [...]

  • Read as background for a current paper project. This is mostly a celebrity group bio. It turns out that lots of groovy people lived in Laurel Canyon and they did a lot of coke which fucked them up big time. Gosh. I seriously doubt that anyone I know would be tempted to read this. But if you are, don't. Look at Barney Hoskins' Waiting for the Sun instead.

  • As an almost 60 native Angeleno and music photographer this was my backyard. Though I was just barely too young to be there at the inception my older cousins were right there and snuck me in & around whenever possible.This lays out the very groove of the scene.

  • Since I grew up in the 60's and 70's, my guilty pleasure is reading about the musicians and the music scene of that time. I admit, that as far as music goes, I have not left that era. I also get nostalgic when I see tie dye and flowing lacy peasant blouses and long gauze skirts. I really enjoyed this book. It brought to life the early start of Buffalo Springfield, Mamas and Papas, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Still, Nash and Young, The [...]

  • This is a pretty good rock n roll history book that focuses on the L.A. scene starting with the Byrds in the mid 60's. Drugs, sex, the anti-war movement and the burgeoning singer-songwriter genre is the meat and potatoes here and the book starts to fizzle out in it's focus after the 70's and after cocaine took over. The core really holds during that period of, say, '66 to '72 when you have really a lot going on in Laurel Canyon: Frank Zappa hosts somewhat of a commune with people coming and goin [...]

  • Non-fiction isn’t always the greatest cure when you’re going through a period in life that makes focus difficult and that plagued me in my read of this book. That being said, it provided the perfect life escape when I was ready to bring my attention back to its pages. It does a wonderful job of romanticizing both the good and bad times of Laurel Canyon’s rise and fall. If you appreciate the art and personalities behind the music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, you’ll enjoy the specific retelli [...]

  • CSNY, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Frank Zappa, the groupies, the mayhem. The usual suspects are all here in an easy, breezy narrative that takes us right through Laurel Canyon's nondescript beginnings, straight through its salad days and out the other end. The first half of this book was beautifully nostalgic, gripping and self-aware. However, right around the 'cocaine' chapter, just like the neighbourhood scene it's about, the story begins to fall apart. No longer are we reading solely about the [...]

  • Mr. Walker has a deep understanding not only of the times, the players, and the events; this examination - a snapshot, really - reminds all of those who were there that the canyon was the nadir of Pop music's reaches; we won't have anything close to it ever again. It was the confluence of energy, talent, visionaries, togetherness, the magical collaborations, and social commentary music that was more accessible in its artistic presentation than its more aggressive '60s cousin. Read it!

  • This book was especially fun because it was all about my old stomping ground. I loved reading about the familiar streets, music venues, clubs and restaurants. This book is an abbreviated version of so many amazing artists. Now I want to read more about the Mamas and Papas, Crosby, Stills & Nash, etc. and of course go eat at Pace.

  • I loved this book-you really get the flavor of what it was like during this insane period of rock and roll history. I grew up listening to and seeing many of the musicians discussed live in concert in the day so it was extra fun to read.

  • Terrific audio-book relating the history Laurel Canyon and its role in rock music, covering the time frame the mid-sixties to the Wonderland killings in the early eighties.

  • More of a history of the 60s and 70s LA music scene(s) than specifically Laurel Canyon itself, but a fun, quick read.

  • All bun, no beef. something to listen to falling asleep, because there's very little of interest here. Hoped for many more names and stories - I've picked up more about the canyon reading various bios. or articles in Vanity Fair.

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