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Monday, May 19, 2014

Laurel Canyon Exhibit at Grammy Museum: California Dreamin' Explores Music Scene in the ’60s, ’70s

Buffalo Springfield, and The Mothers of Invention memorabilia
Grammy Museum exhibit "California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965 - 1977"
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A new exhibit on the Laurel Canyon music scene has opened at Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

From Grammy Museum’s new exhibit explores Laurel Canyon’s music scene in the ’60s, ’70s by Rob Lowman:
Of course, one of the musicians most identified with Laurel Canyon was Joni Mitchell, whose 1970 album “Ladies of the Canyon” refers to Laurel Canyon. It included the songs “Big Yellow Taxi,” “The Circle Game” and “Woodstock.” The latter became a hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Neil Young, who had joined the band at that point. They turned the meditative number into a rocker. Young, like Mitchell, had come from Canada. “The Circle Game” is said to have been written in response to Young’s “Sugar Mountain.”
More photos and details at Grammy Museum’s new exhibit explores Laurel Canyon’s music scene in the ’60s, ’70s.

Also, from our friend Jeff Allen who filmed these videos last Friday at the GRAMMY Museum:
Last Friday, I was invited by my friend of 40 years, Joel Larson, who was one of the early drummers from the Grass Roots, to the GRAMMY Museum, down by Staples Center. He was one of 7 panelists (see the notes on the video) discussing the music industry and living up in Laurel Canyon in the 60's-70's. I was in the front row and was armed with a video camera. Harvey Kupernik, one of the panelists, is the author of a new book that just came out a couple of weeks ago, "Turn Up the Radio", and he has one of my photos of Leon Russell in it.

The videos are well worth watching (if you're over 50). Wish I would have gotten some stills, but then I wouldn't have been able to shoot the video at the same time. Oh well...Enjoy it!

Held at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles on May 9, 2014, this was a panel of 7 members of the music industry that discussed "The remarkably rich sounds of Laurel Canyon and the sheer number of songwriters, bands, producers, artists, engineers and record company people who have lived and worked out of Laurel Canyon prove that Los Angeles is and continues to be a vital rock scene. We felt it was important to tell that story, right here in our hometown. Laurel Canyon was as much a mindset as it was a music scene," said GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli.
The panelists were:

1. Henry Diltz - Rock Photographer
2. Joel Larson - Grass Roots
3. Micky Dolenz - Monkees
4. Danny Hutton - Three Dog Night
5. Gail Zappa - Frank Zappa's wife
6. Harvey Kubernik - Music journalist
7. Art Podell - The New Christy Minstrels

Thanks Jeff! Very cool. Thanks for sharing videos. Definitely looks like a great exhibit to check out next time in L.A.

Photographer Henry Diltz, with his iconic photograph of Crosby, Stills and Nash 1969 debut album cover is featured prominently in the exhibit at the Grammy Museum exhibit "California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965 - 1977"

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At 5/19/2014 06:30:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

"Well I hear that Laurel Canyon
is full of famous stars,
but I hate them worse than lepers and I'll kill them in their cars"

Has there aver been a more decadent statement in the lyrical scripts of Neil Young? I can't think of one. The satirical and sarcastic communication of Neil's songs continue to separate him from nearly all other songwriters of his or any generation.

At 5/19/2014 08:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That song is on the upcoming csny 74 box. Should be good


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