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+The Legend of Laurel Canyon

04 Dec, 2012

+The Legend of Laurel Canyon

Picture this:  You’re driving down Sunset Blvd with the top down, it’s LA in the 60’s, and you’re headed up to Laurel Canyon to hear some of music’s biggest names in history.

Can’t quite imagine it?  Check out this video from this BBC produced documentary highlighting some of the artists who changed history and “transformed Los Angeles into the music capitol of the world.”

In the 60’s & 70’s Laurel Canyon was soCal’s version of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and was a secluded hideaway which housed the jam sessions of The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and the Mamas and the Papas.

According to the LA Times, if you ask anyone in L.A. where the craziest people are, and they’ll say Laurel Canyon.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young rehearse for Woodstock in 1969.

Laurel Canyon became a part of the city of Los Angeles in 1923 and while it was infamous for its winding streets and dangerous mudslides, nestled beneath the hills and houses lies a folk-rock melody that was born there and still lives there to this day.

Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, and Eric Clapton in 1968.

The scene in Laurel Canyon is the reason LA earned it’s mark on the musical map, and still maintains its hipster folk rock energy today. Emerging local artists come together to experiment, play their hearts out and remind them­selves why they’re musicians in the first place.

 

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