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

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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. 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.

 

About Michael Walker

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MICHAEL WALKER is the author of the national bestseller, Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Men's Vogue, Esquire, GQ, and many other publications.



Author Residence: Los Angeles



Author Hometown: Wayne, Illinois
 
Published May 1, 2010 by Faber & Faber. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Pop-culture writer Walker (the New York Times, Rolling Stone, etc.) has a potentially interesting hook for an umpteenth recounting of the Los Angeles music scene of the late ’60s and ’70s: Rather than focus on the musicians or the music, Walker concentrates on the neighborhood where many of the k...

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A great read for fans of the music and times, providing a cautionary tale without feeling preachy.

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The San Francisco element was very important, but 396 miles down the coast there was a parallel universe taking shape that was of equal importance.

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Laurel Canyon - The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood fills in the gaps for those of us that think San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury scene got things started.

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In Laurel Canyon, Michael Walker — writer and Laurel Canyon resident since 1991 — documents this Los Angeles neighborhood during the ‘60s and ‘70s when it was a nexus for talented musicians who affected the culture, similar to the artists of ‘20s Paris, the Beat writers of late ‘50s San Francisco...

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PopMatters

Just as a sophisticated tongue can taste the nuances of the region that grows the grapes of a fine pinot, “when you hear [CSN’s] “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” you are hearing Laurel Canyon, vintage 1969.” In his attempt to revive the era, Walker interviews former and current residents who lived and p...

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The Austinist

This mythic locale is the subject of pop culture journalist and Laurel Canyon resident Michael Walker's book, Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood In roughly 250 pages of lucid, compelling, and often nostalgic narrative, Walker chronicles the heady rise of th...

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