Monday, November 19, 2007


Laurel Canyon, Michael Walker, Faber and Faber Inc, 2006, 248 pp

Interesting history of the area in Los Angeles where Joni Mitchell; Crosby, Stills and Nash and many other musicians of the late 60s and 70s lived and from where they built their careers. After giving a brief back story from before the hippies came, he goes into just enough detail to bring it all alive. Then he give his analysis of how it fell apart, including the Laurel Canyon scene as well as the music and careers of its musicians and the ideals of my generation. Michael Walker (and who is he anyway?) may have bit off more than he could chew.

While I didn't always believe the author or completely trust all of his information, I enjoyed reading about a period of time which was a sort of golden age of my lifetime. I still feel that the sentiments of peace, love and understanding were valid and it is significant that most of what hippies and their music were pointing out about the ills of the world turned out to be true. Right on!

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