BOOK – CANYON OF DREAMS: The Magic & The Music Of Laurel Canyon by Harvey Kubernik // An insider’s look at the music and culture of California’s Laurel Canyon.
Bands like The Doors and singers like Joni Mitchell have all made a home in Laurel Canyon, the LA community known for its musical legacy. This book was written by a long-time LA resident, Harvey Kubernik, who personally knows several of the musicians featured in the book.
Thanks to these relationships, several musicians are speaking for the first time about Lauren Canyon and their time in the musical community, including the surviving members of the Doors and Slash, who grew up in the LA suburb.
If you were a fan of the film Almost Famous, or even got a glimpse of Laurel Canyon in the movie of the same name, you’ll love this book; it is definitely for fans of 60s/70s counterculture and especially the music. With a huge variety of illustrations and photographs to go with the stories, it’s definitely a trip back in time.
Canyon of Dreams can be purchased from Amazon for $19.77.
FILM – THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF starring William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne // This road trip/love story centers is set in post-Katrina Louisiana.
Normally this isn’t the sort of movie that would entice me but there’s something about it that caught my eye. Maybe it’s the non-Twilight version of Kristen Stewart, who is always understated and subtle. Or maybe it’s that New Orleans has always been one of my favorite US cities.
It doesn’t matter. This is a story about three strangers – and two generations – who meet in a backwater town and embark on a road trip through Louisiana. Brett, an ex-con, tells Martine and Gordy about his lost love, while Martine and Gordy navigate their own love story.
This was an entrant at Sundance last year but has only just been released. While reviews have been mixed, a good road movie is always a winner in my mind and Eddie Redmayne is apparently set to be one of 2010’s breakout stars.
BOOK – GIRL POWER: The Nineties Revolution In Music by Marisa Meltzer // A look at the underground music scene of the early nineties.
For those of you who can’t appreciate Laurel Canyon, this book might be for you. Girl Power explores the riot grrrl scene of the early nineties; from fanzines to underground bands to politically active girls celebrating their role in society.
Leaving no girl unturned, this book explores the legacy of riot grrrl bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, solo artists like Alanis Morissette and Britney Spears and pop groups like the Spice Girls.
Perhaps more important than a look back at the past, it explores the roles of women in rock/music since the riot grrrl revolution and includes interviews with key women of the time, like Tobi Vail and Amy Ray.
Whether you remember the time or not, you will more than likely be inspired anyway; these girls paved the way for plenty of today’s musicians and this is what Girl Power celebrates.
Girl Power can be purchased from Amazon for $10.08.
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