Synopses & Reviews
A lavishly illustrated insiderand#8217;s look at 80 years of music and culture in Laurel Canyon.
and#160;Laurel Canyon is a zip code with its own play list: to name just a few, Sonny and Cher, The Doors, The Turtles, Canned Heat, Monkees, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Eagles, and Carole King all cultivated their immortal sounds in this L.A.-based musical fraternity.
and#160;Written by a long-time L.A. resident who knows them all, Canyon of Dreams traces the history of the community and its enduring legacy. Taking a deeply personal approach, it uses a multiple-voice narration based on exclusive interviews with the areaand#8217;s musical elite. Because of their close and long-time connection with Kubernik, some of these stars are speaking openly for the first time.
and#160;Eye-opening both visually and informationally, this is a book no music lover can be without!and#160;
Interview highlights include:
- For the first time in years, the three surviving Doors talk about performances, recordings, band dynamics, and, of course, Jim Morrison
- Randy Meisner reminisces about the Eagles first gig and the recording of and#8220;One of These Nightsand#8221;
- Graham Nash reflects on life with Joni Mitchell and describes writing and#8220;Our Houseand#8221;
- Lou Adler discusses his legendary Sunset Strip venuesand#8212;the Whisky a Go-Go, Roxy Theater, Rainbow Bar and Grill, and Tapestryand#8212;and, with Michele Phillips, reflects on the Monterey Pop Festival.
- Slash, a child of the Canyon, details the formation of Guns N' Roses
- And much, much more!
"He doesn't live amongst the rest of us who have to juggle normal lives and responsibilities with our passion for music and the printed word. Harvey's entire life IS his passion for music and the printed word. He is the consummate historian, the cosmic chronicler, a divine human train wreck of Lester Bangs and Carlos Castaneda. He is the yacking warrior of archetypal anecdotes who has authored many excellent tomes but without a doubt, 'Canyon of Dreams:and#160; The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon,' is his most formidable, dare I say, breathtaking literary work. You don't just read this book, you smell it, hear it and feel it. As a native of L.A. who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and made the trek to Hollywood through the canyon a thousand times, I now traverse that sacred asphalt with a quiet reverence.and#160; And instead of turning the music up in the car, I throttle it down now with hopes I just might -- if i really try -- touch theand#160; spirits of the artists who made the magic and the music.and#160; Bravo, Harvey. Bravo."and#160; --Lonn Friend, author, Life on Planet Rock
“[In] a stunning graphic layout, Kubernik takes readers on a magical trip into an area that served as the center of rock music for nearly a decade. Fans of the era will eat it up.”-Library Journal
Laurel Canyon has been home to some of the biggest names in music: from Sonny and Cher to the members of Guns N' Roses. Kubernik presents this lavishly illustrated insider's look at 80 years of music and culture in the Canyon.
A lavishly illustrated insiders look at 80 years of music and culture in Laurel Canyon--a ZIP code with its own playlist. Sonny & Cher, the Doors, the Monkees, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; the Eagles, Carole King, and others cultivated their immortal sounds in this L.A.-based musical fraternity. Written by a long-time Canyon resident who knows them all, Canyon of Dreams traces the history of the community and its enduring legacy. Taking a deeply personal approach, it uses a multiple-voice narration based on exclusive interviews with the areas musical elite. Because of their close connection with Kubernik, some of these stars are speaking openly for the first time. New in paper.
The Beach Boys pioneered the wildly popular andquot;Surf Sound,andquot; selling more records than any other American band. And 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking and hugely influential album Pet Sounds and the hit single, andquot;Good Vibrations.andquot; This book offers the first fully illustrated, in-depth examination of the groupand#39;s story, with an emphasis on these two masterpieces and what followed in their wake.
Set on 700 acres of rolling farm hills in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo is a four-day music and camping festival that draws in over 80,000 fans every summer. Featuring over 120 musical performances, along with comedy, cinema, sustainability workshops, and more, the grounds are converted into a virtual city of music and art. With over 200 photographs of some of the most legendary musical acts of all time, and numerous personal contributions by musicians and patrons, Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, The Other
celebrates 10 years of this beloved music festival and the impact it has made on American culture. Whether fans of the Dave Matthews Band, Eminem, Radiohead, or Metallica, all music lovers unite to experience the magic of Bonnaroo.
Praise for Bonnaroo:"How do you get 80,000 fans to spend four days camping in the Tennessee sun? By offering the kind of moments this coffee-table photo book captures." and#8212;Rolling Stone
About the Author
Harvey Kubernik, a lifelong resident of the Canyon area, is a veteran music journalist whose work has been published nationally in Melody Maker, The Los Angeles Free Press, Crawdaddy, Musician, Goldmine, MIX, The Los Angeles Times, and MOJO, among others. He has been a record producer since 1979 and was a former West Coast Director of AandR for MCA Records. As a West Hollywood and Laurel Canyon insider, he has unparalleled access to the sources, personalities, and even those who lurk in the shadows of the Canyon.