Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon
- Author: Harvey Kubernik
- Publisher: STERLING
- Published: October 2009
- ISBN-10: 1402765894
- ISBN-13: 9781402765896
- Format: Oversize Hardcover
- Copyright: 2009
- Subject: MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
Music journalist, record producer, and longtime resident Kubernik traces the influence of Laurel Canyon on the history of rock 'n' roll. Starting with a brief chronology of the wooded area nestled within Los Angeles, he concentrates on the rock icons who lived and collaborated there. Mainly using the words of a wide variety of former residents, he features obvious 1970s musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and the members of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Eagles; he also shows the breadth of musical activity in the canyon, discussing such onetime residents as Frank Zappa, Eric Burdon, the Turtles, and John Mayall, even portraying the Monkees in a new light. Unlike Michael Walker's Laurel Canyon, Kubernik focuses on the impact of the rural setting within L.A. on the musicians who lived and created there. VERDICT Interspersing interviews and commentary with previously unpublished photos in a stunning graphic layout, Kubernik takes readers on a magical trip into an area that served as the center of rock music for nearly a decade. Fans of the era will eat it up.—Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle[Page 65]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
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