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Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Life in L.A.'s Legendary Rock and Roll Neighborhood | [Michael Walker]

Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Life in L.A.'s Legendary Rock and Roll Neighborhood

Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture.
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Publisher's Summary

Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture. This is the story of an important period in rock music, but also of the harsher results of the sixties, as hard drugs and easy sex began to take their toll and the gruesome Wonderland murders signaled the end of the era.

©2006 Michael Walker; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Laurel Canyon is hilarious and true and bittersweet. Michael Walker catches the mood in the air, and gets it right....The interviews are wonderful....It's a beautifully written document of that time and place when the personalities were as big as those stony dreams that fueled some of the greatest masterpieces in rock." (Cameron Crowe)

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    Louise Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-09-06
    Louise Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-09-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Interesting book. Poor reader."

    As a history of change during the cultural and counter-cultural heyday in Los Angeles, this book is a fascinating tale. Laurel Canyon becomes the stage on which events transpire as well as the abyss in which "the scene" evolves and devolves. Anyone interested in Los Angeles, rock and roll history, the sixties, drug culture, crime and mayhem, will indulge in this story. The only drawback -- and it is quite a major one -- is the reading, which is flat and lacks a sense of pacing. The fatal flaws are repeatedly misplaced pauses that break sentences into dissociated fragments. Nonetheless it is still a worthwhile and valuable "read."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Rowe Raleigh, NC USA 05-21-07
    Chris Rowe Raleigh, NC USA 05-21-07 Member Since 2003
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    "OK"

    The book was alright. I was expecting quite a bit more and hoped for a deeper insight into the goings on of the time. I did find the vocabulary that the writer used to very often be unnecessarily loquacious which repeatedly sent me scurrying off to my thesaurus.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 09-11-06
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 09-11-06 Member Since 2002

    marlin515

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    "An interesting flashback to the 60s and 70s"

    Now I can go through my old Joni Mitchel albums and line up the songs with the back ground happenings in Laurel Canyon. The author is not as talented a writer as the people he writes about. He uses the biggest words he can find in the dictionary to say the simplest things. It reminds me of the long winded papers I wrote in grad school. Aside from that, it is an interesting read for the baby boom generation.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Gonzales, CA, USA 05-03-08
    Jeff Gonzales, CA, USA 05-03-08
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    "Fairly Good Book...Hard to Follow in Places"

    I thought the stories in this book were really good. I would definitely recommend it. The biggest issue I had was that it was hard to follow at certain times. In large part this is due to the fact that this is a compilation of different stories about the canyon. Since this is an audio book, (obviously) if you lose track of who is talking at any point, you can't easily look back and see the name of the narrator. It can make it hard to follow in certain instances...especially if you get side tracked in the middle of a story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet 05-11-12
    Starlet 05-11-12 Member Since 2005

    100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.

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    "Journey Down Memory Lane"

    Being 20 yrs. old in 1967, I was a part of it all, but on the San Francisco side. I made a few visits to LA during that time, but never got to know the real scoop, of course, and this filled the gaps -- it was a fun, easy read. This is a sixties time capsule nugget.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-28-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-28-08

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "easy listening social history"

    a very enjoyable listen, for this baby boomer at least. It goes beyond pop culture to capture some of the social history of the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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