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3.0 out of 5 stars on the flossy side, 30 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Hotel California: Singer-songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the L.A. Canyons 1967-1976 (Paperback)
This book is entertaining enough, and did provide a lot of information, but Hoskyns isn't in the same literary class as music writers such as Mike Barnes and Ian McDonald, so ultimately he doesn't say much.He does mention Frank Zappa but has nothing interesting to say about him, and he doesn't even mention one time laurel canyon residents Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, whose seminal work "Trout Mask Replica" was composed and then recorded in the laurel canyon milieu by Frank Zappa.Nonetheless this book contains plenty of anecdotes and gossip about the more commercially successful denizens of Laurel Canyon, including the unquestionably brilliant but overbearing and oh so"righteous" Joni Mitchell-the quote is from the famously"fried" David Crosby, and goes something along the lines that Joni Mitchell is about as self-effacing as Mussolini!!! So, if you like this kind of stuff there's plenty of it, and to be fair Hoskyns has managed to interview a stellar cast of West Coast musos, some of whose comments i.e Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks and Tom Waits are very interesting.Well worth a read
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