Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the La Canyons, 1967-1976 Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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‘Hoskyns impresses with the sheer weight of testimony he has amassed and the skill with which he has woven it into a tightly coiled and elegiac narrative.’ Christopher Silvester, Sunday Times
‘A terrific account of the interface between idealism and squalor, art and commerce.’ Guardian
‘The author skillfully teases out the complex web of relationships between the artists, managers, and record executives who made up the West Coast’s self-styled bohemian elite.’ Ben Thompson, Independent
‘if you are looking for the ingredients traditionally required of a good rock'n'roll story, then “Hotel California” has got the lot… An ambitious and authoritative account which makes overdue sense of a spectacularly decadent period of pop history’ David Sinclair, Guardian
This is the story of a remarkable time and place: Los Angeles from the dawn of the singer-songwriter era in the mid-Sixties to the peak of The Eagles' success in the late Seventies. "Hotel California" is an epic tale of songs and sunshine, drugs and denim, genius and greed, and is the first in-depth account of the LA Canyons scene between 1967 and 1976. Hoskyn's history of this vital period in the development of today's great musical influences spans the rise of Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Eagles, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and focuses on the brilliance and determination of David Geffen, the man who linked them all. Covering genius, drug-crazed disintegration, and the myriad relationships between these artists and the songs that issued from them, and drawing on extensive interviews with countless stars, singers, writers, managers, executives and scenesters, "Hotel California" is a pop-culture classic.See all Product description
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Maybe there are just too many characters in the cast to create a cohesive story .
Maybe a better way of writing it would have been to take each character through their own personal time line - mini biographies rather than " impact statements " thrown into the witches brew by the main players every now and then ? It's very disjointed which makes the book hard to read and even harder to enjoy .
I'm glad I finished it - I've been unable to finish David Crosby's " autobiography" for exactly the same reasons - it's just too "all over the place" for me to really want to put in the amount of effort it requires to do so.
It's one of those books I will never bother to read again - and yet I re-read musical biographies all the time .
Sorry, but even for a die-hard like myself , I could not recommend this book - I am sure in amongst all the partner swapping and drug taking, premature deaths etc and being agent shafted , there were also humorous moments ? This book sheds no light on the "fun" element that always exists where music is bent created - I really cannot recommend this book .
If you have an interest in this music and times, you'll love this book. Very well written and worthy of rereading at a slower pace!
Cocaine features heavily indeed and it seems everyone was addicted to it and I never really understood the impact that this had on the artists and less so in the creativeness but more in their inability to keep it together. Throwing people out of bands because they were doped up seems an everyday occurrence.
What a superb read, I really couldn't put it down, unusual for me unless it is thriller fiction.
The straightest guy? well Frank Zappa apparently. I suppose if you were the only normal one amongst the drug crazed canyon then I guess you would be seen as very weird.
Totally recommend it.
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