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Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon Hardcover – Oct 6 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1 edition (Oct. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402765894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402765896
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23.4 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #948,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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:  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 instead of turning the music up in the car, I throttle it down now with hopes I just might -- if i really try -- touch the  spirits of the artists who made the magic and the music.  Bravo, Harvey. Bravo."  --Lonn Friend, author, Life on Planet Rock

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 A&R 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gathering Place for Music's Greats July 2 2016
By Mark Sutter - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Even though I'm a big fan of the music of the 60s and 70s, I learned a lot about the industry and the stars that I wasn't previously aware of. I guess it's a shame that cocaine destroyed a once great commune. I got the feeling that the artists in Laurel Canyon fed off of each other's creativity which allowed all of them to flourish. Living there in the mid-60s must have been a wild ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars L.A Laurel Canyon And The Truth Nov. 6 2009
By Michael Macdonald - Published on Amazon.com
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At last the complete and definitive account of L.A muscical geography and its integral components authored by an Los Angeles native who truly knows of what he writes. Harvey Kubernik works with facts and the people who matter which makes 'Canyon Dreams" obliterate any earlier attempts at explaining Los Angeles amd its musical terrain. Supported so powerfully by Henry Diltz's still astounding photography "Canyon Dreams" is the only book you'll ever need for defining of Country Rock, Psychedelia, Garage Rock, R&B and Blues that emerged out of L.A and its immediate environs. Harvey Kubernik does for the L.A of the 60's and 70's as to what Raymond Chandler did for the same locale of the 50's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 25 2016
By Christopher Landry - Published on Amazon.com
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The perfect book about laurel canyon. Thanks for the excellent service !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 60s and 70s Stories June 10 2016
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Great books with great stories. Takes you right there!
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip back in time Oct. 18 2016
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Like taking a dreamy trip back in time. Beautifully and intelligently written. So many great pictures. Much detail about this fantasy period and place.