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

By Michael Walker

Within the overdue sixties and early seventies, an impromptu choice of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep within the Hollywood Hills of l. a. and melded people, rock, and savvy American pop right into a sound that conquered the realm as completely because the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had prior to them. Thirty years later, the track made in Laurel Canyon keeps to pour from radios, iPods, and live performance levels all over the world. throughout the canyon's golden period, the musicians who lived and labored there scored dozens of landmark hits, from "California Dreamin'" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to "It's Too Late," promoting hundreds of thousands of files and resetting the thermostat of dad culture.

In Laurel Canyon, veteran journalist Michael Walker tells the interior tale of this unheard of accumulating of a few of the child boom's major 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 call only a few—who became l. a. into the track capital of the realm and ceaselessly replaced the way in which renowned song is recorded, advertised, and consumed.

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