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on June 16, 2013
This DVD was both about Laurel Canyon as home to a good chunk of 60s West Coast rock alumni with the second half about the rise and fall of CSN&Y
In fact I'd say it was more about the latter. The story mostly talks about the CSN story with their rise through the Byrds/Buffalo Springfield/Hollies
Not sure why America gets a nod. I guess it was Henry Diltz's way of trying to squeeze his former clients into the picture and I didn't get the impression they were residents of LC. Likewise with the Doors and I had the sense they were only mentioned because Diltz photographed the cover for Morrison Hotel and not because they were part of the LC scene (Jim Morrison lived there apparently).
Overall, some interesting moments but this story fails to capture the life and times in Laurel Canyon, and could be better considered as an introduction to some of its famous denizens in the mid-to-late 60s. If you are interested in the history of LC then Harvey Kubernik's book "Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon" is recommended. As a record of the rise of CSN, then it is much more successful.

The Extras were only for the dedicated fan and I couldn't sit through the entire silent movie catalogue
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on September 8, 2012
Having just read the book, "Canyon of Dreams" by Harvey Kubernik, the next logical step was to view the video, "Legends of Laurel Canyon" by Henry Diltz. So you will understand where I am coming from, just a quick background. In the mid to late Sixties, I played in a group, The DRUIDS, based out of Santa Barbara, CA. We had signed on with a music management company in Hollywood, recorded a couple of singles and were doing some gigs in the Sunset Strip area including playing at the infamous Pandora's Box. Recently, having seen a wonderful museum exhibit at the Oakland Museum, the exhibit being "1968", I renewed my interest in that period of time and the music thereof.

The video, "Legends of Laurel Canyon" is a wonderful documentary of the the music of that era coming out of Southern California and its impact on the rock music scene of which I was fairly involved at that time. The documentary is well put together and follows a logical path that provides an overview and history of the great music that came out of Southern California including such groups as Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, Crosby/Stills and Nash, the Mommas and Popas, the Turtles, the Monkees and more. The program includes some wonderful home movies, some video clips of the various groups performing during that time and the events of the time that resulted in this great music. Much of it is based on interviews recorded in 2009 with various members of those groups including: David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Michelle Phillips, Van Dyke Parks and others who were movers and shakers in that music scene. These interviews add much interest and meaningful content to the documentary.

For lovers of this music and music historians, I would highly recommend this video. To get a more in depth history of this music and what was happening on Sunset Strip in the mid to late Sixties, I would highly recommend the above mentioned book, "The Canyon of Dreams" as well as "Riot on Sunset Strip" by Dominec Priore. Both available on amazon.com.

Once more, for the video, "Legends of Laurel Canyon", well documented, well filmed, superb content and entertaining without the typical boredom of an historical documentary. Five stars!
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on April 15, 2013
The first half of this production is excellent and lives up to the promise of the title. Based on that alone, I can highly recommend this video. After the initial 8mm footage of the drive with Mama Cass, I wasn't expecting much, but this feature delivered.

Another reviewer hit the nail on the head regarding the latter portion of the video, however--it being all CSN-centric. That said, I learned some things, and appreciated both Graham Nash's sensitivity and intelligence. He's quite a spokesperson!

There were MANY more individual stars and groups to emerge from Laurel Canyon than is presented herein, however, and that's the only place where this production comes up short.

To help complete the story, I recommend viewing Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built, about Ahmet Ertegen and his Atlantic Records. There is also a The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun that was just released last year. The other production that helps with this story is PBS' American Masters installment regarding David Geffen (the subject of Joni Mitchell's Free Man In Paris). You can stream the latter for free from PBS.
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on February 19, 2016
Another great documentary about a particular emerging music phenomena within the greater context of the enormous volume of fine music production in all genres during the 60's and 70's. In particular the focus is on the genesis of a particular sound now familiar to most inspired by Laurel Canyon (LA) musicians. Plenty of interviews of those who were 'there'.
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on November 2, 2013
You might have to be of a certain age to enjoy this, but maybe not. It's similar to the Muscle Shoals movie in that it examines a particular locale & time, & it's a bit of a fortuitous mystery why so much great music emanated from this place; but some of it obviously has to do with the sense of community that the comparative isolation & closeness to other artists the canyon afforded the writers, musicians & singers.

It's wonderful to hear former thorny iconoclasts like David Crosby with the wisdom & insight of old age. Just makes you admire him more.
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on November 10, 2014
This movie was a hoot! If you grew up in the late 60's early 70's this movie will remind you of how special that time was and how lucky we were to live it! Great photos and film clips of everyone who mattered in music. It's a nice trip back in time and helps to explain why the music has lasted thru the ages! Get this movie if you want to take a vacation from the NOW.
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on August 2, 2012
An informative and entertaining ride back to the California music scene of the 60s/70s, blending archival and current clips, stories, and interviews about CSNY, the Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, David Geffen, and other assorted players of the day.

It goes well with Hoskyns' book, Hotel California, dealing with many of the same people and places but in much more detail: www.amazon.com/Hotel-California-True-Life-Adventures-Mitchell/dp/0471732737
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on February 27, 2015
This was for a friend who loved it.
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on September 8, 2012
Sorry to say but I'm Not Impressed. The Dvd is all about Crosby,Stills, Nash & Young. Some is interesting (products of the other bands mentioned). But I would much rather see and hear some technique. The little they do sing Yes, is magnificent. Sure could of used more then 15-20 seconds here and there. Way to much talking... Just my opinion. Ted
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on September 10, 2013
As a long time fan of L.A. rock scene, I thoroughly enjoyed this video of the classic artists that inhabited Topanga Canyon in the late 1960s. A glimpse into that Sunset Blvd/Topanga scene that includes The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Mamas & Papas, Joni Mitchell, and other characters as told by Henry Diltz, photographer.
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