Hotel California: The True-Life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, Ronstadt, Geffen, the Eagles, and Their Many Friends
- Author: Barney Hoskyns
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
- Published: May 2006
- ISBN-10: 0471732737
- ISBN-13: 9780471732730
- Format: Hardcover
- Size: 9.5X6.7X1.09
- Weight: 1.36
- Copyright: 2006
- Subject: MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
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This book is a remarkable insider's look at one of the most dramatic, creative, and revolutionary settings in American popular culture: the Los Angeles popular music scene from the late 1960s through the late 1970s. Journalist Barney Hoskyns tells the amazing story of the many great musicians, artists, managers, and businessmen who passed through LA's Laurel Canyon. From Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt to CSNY and the Eagles, 'Hotel California' is a revealing and intimate look at the lives of these larger-than-life figures.
As musical scenes go, it would be hard to come up with a less dramatic one than that of the singer/songwriters who dominated Southern California from the mid-1960s through the mid-'70s. Nevertheless, British music journalist Hoskyns gamely tries to make the "denim navel-gazers and cheesecloth millionaires of the Los Angeles canyons" exciting in his no-nonsense account of those musicians' rise and fall. Jumping right in with little introduction, Hoskyns relays the particulars of the burgeoning scene that drew sensitive musicians west from Greenwich Village, limning the differences between those who lived in Topanga and Laurel Canyons and detailing the explosive shocks to their insular world (like the Monterey Pop festival and the Manson murders), all leading up to the cash-register mentality that formed the Eagles. The cast is robust—ranging from the intense Joni Mitchell and mercenary David Geffen to neo-beatnik Tom Waits—but not deeply examined. Hoskyns has a better ear for the music, letting his record-critic side take over with adjective-riddled prose. Still, Hoskyns's account shows how the "back-porch folkies" of the scene's early days eventually morphed into "Lear-jet superstars." (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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