LAUREL CANYON tells the true story of the remarkable events that transpired in the eucalyptus-scented canyon above the Sunset Strip where, in the 1960s and 1970s, an unprecedented community of musicians gathered and melded folk, rock and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Laurel Canyon was where Crosby Stills & Nash sang together for the first time, in Mama Cass Elliot’s living room (the song was "You Don't Have to Cry," later on the first CSN album); where Joni Mitchell wrote her masterpiece “Ladies of the Canyon” and Graham Nash composed the CSNY classic “Our House" about the canyon cottage he shared with Mitchell--just up the road from log cabin where Frank Zappa held court and John Mayall bunked before writing his landmark song-cycle "Blues from Laurel Canyon." Neighbors included Carole King, Jim Morrison, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and Glen Frey of the Eagles, John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, as well as members of the Byrds, Turtles, Animals, Steppenwolf, Canned Heat, the Seeds, Love, and many more.
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Michael Walker is the author of LAUREL CANYON: THE INSIDE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL'S LEGENDARY NEIGHBORHOOD, which has spent six months on the L.A. Times Book Review's nonfiction bestseller list and received worldwide acclaim. His reporting about popular culture has appeared in...