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Music of Laurel Canyon overview
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!