Music journalist/record producer Harvey Kubernik’s Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon is an enchanting, winding journey through the 80-year history of artists’ hinterland Laurel Canyon, a magical oasis where people, particularly musicians, commune and “find” themselves. Told through music insider and resident Kubernik’s prism, this meticulously written book paints a picture of a secluded enclave that historically yawns and yells, a petulant child awoken in the early morning, begging for attention while at the same time remaining shy, reclusive. Ray Manzarek, The Doors’ keyboardist and former Canyon resident, does the Foreward, sprinkling it with flavorful Canyon episodes, and industry czar Lou Adler closes out the book with the Afterword. The twenty chapters are building blocks to the magical castle that is the Canyon. Hovering above the Sunset Strip in a miasma of somnolent, innovative vibes, Laurel Canyon is the hushed, beating heart of Hollywood, and Kubernik lends the reader a stethescope.
Chronicling the saga of the exclusive region, Kurbernik not only documents its cultural importance by offering well-researched facts, but provides exclusive interviews with some of its most prestigious denizens.
Highlights of interviews include:
-Three remaining Doors members, for the first time in years, discuss the band, performances, and Jim Morrison.
– Founding member of The Eagles, architects of the folk-rock sound, Randy Meisner recalls the band’s first gig and the recording of “One of These Nights.”
– Legendary record producer/manager/director Lou Adler talks about his renowned Sunset Strip venues: the Whisky a Go-Go, Roxy Theater, Rainbow Bar & Grill, and Tapestry.
– Chip Douglas of the Modern Folk Quartet reflects on how the Canyon became the hub of the burgeoning folk scene.
– And much, much more!
From hepcat jazz musicians to hippies to rock gods like Robert Plant, no one who was politically, musically, or artistically in the trenches remained untouched by the preternatural allure of the rogue society. With 300 fascinating photos, 200 of them by Henry Diltz, and entertaining prose, this elegant coffee-table book will take you on an exhilirating ride through the history and culture of the Laurel Canyon scene. Released on October 6, 2009 by Sterling Publishing, this handsome pop culture opus has received critical acclaim since it first hit shelves. Kubernik has rubbed the veneer of the glittering haven, releasing the genie from the bottle, delivering a gift of cultural and musical significance.