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The music, groups and singer songwriters of my youth...
on 20 May 2010
Every now and then a book comes along that stands head and shoulders over others - and this is one of them. Lovingly compiled and full of evocative mainly colour period photographs, plus a few great contemporary ones of the "main players" who comprised the Laurel Canyon scene. The Byrds, The Doors, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, Richie Furay, The Mamas and Papas, Mama Cass, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Eagles - the list is endless - and all great, great artists in my mind - the music of my heart. Representing the UK we get Donovan, Eric Burdon and Keith Richards - and there are many, many others. It's one lost musical Eden. A full and interesting text, with interviews and reminiscences, of the good and sometimes the bad memories - but overall it is an elegy to a period that is an important and integral part of the history of rock (and pop) music. A lot of interesting background too, about the earlier jazz heritage of Laurel Canyon and its Hollywood film star background of the greats such as Great Garbo and Clark Gable. This is far far more than just another coffee table volume on the era - a beautiful book to be treasured and to be dipped into for many years to come (or however many more years I might be granted...) If you were there, a fantastic memory jerker, if you weren't read about what you missed. Highly recommended.