Any fan of rock and roll can easily make the association between the neighborhood of
Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills with being a hotbed of hippie counterculture in
the ’60s and ’70s—and significant culturally—the music produced there. Frank Zappa,
Captain Beefheart, CSN, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, and plenty of other Canyon-dwellers
lived, worked, and played in what became a legendary symbiosis of creativity and social
The Grammy Museum, Downtown at LA LIVE, pays tribute to this phenomenon with
“California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977,” on exhibit through
November 30, 2014. Grammy Museum Executive Director, Bob Santelli says, “The remarkably rich sounds of Laurel Canyon and the sheer number of songwriters, bands, producers, artists, engineers, and record label people who have lived and worked out of Laurel
Canyon prove that Los Angeles is, and continues to be, a vital rock scene. We felt it was
important to tell that story, right here in our hometown.”
Photographer Henry Diltz, was a significant force documenting of the scene, and the exhibit features his work prominently, as well as the original photography of musician Graham Nash, and others. Also on display are rare artifacts, like Jim Morrison’s writing chair,
Cass Elliot’s hand-painted chair, Poco’s Richie Furay’s “Nudie” suit, original handwritten
lyrics, scrapbooks, handbills, posters, menus, and more.
For anyone interested in rock and roll or the cultural history of Los Angeles, California
Dreamin’ provides a great experience to explore, discover, or reminisce.
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BY ZOë KORS