in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
About the Event
Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Free Library Adventure with author, screenwriter, & journalist, Michael Walker.
Join us for a look into Los Angeles in late sixties and early seventies, where an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had before them. Veteran journalist, Michael Walker, will tell the inside story of this unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom's leading musical lights―including Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, John Mayall, the Mamas & the Papas, Carole King, the Eagles, and Frank Zappa, to name just a few―who turned LA into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed.
This Adventure includes a book discussion, Q&A with the author, and book signing.
About the Author and Book
Michael Walker is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, author and journalist. His first book, Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock & Roll's Legendary Neighborhood (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2006), spent seven months on the Los Angeles Times Book Review nonfiction bestseller list, is in its 16h printing and continues to receive worldwide acclaim. What You Want Is In The Limo (Spiegel & Grau/Random House, 2013), was praised by Rolling Stone as “a reminder of why the world would eventually need punk rock.” Delta Lady, his collaboration Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Rita Coolidge, was published in April 2016 by HarperCollins.Michael's reporting and writing about pop culture have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, Rolling Stone, Men's Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Billboard, the Hollywood Reporter and many other national and international publications. He has worked as an editor at the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
In the late sixties and early seventies, an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had before them. Thirty years later, the music made in Laurel Canyon continues to pour from radios, iPods, and concert stages around the world. During the canyon's golden era, the musicians who lived and worked there scored dozens of landmark hits, from "California Dreamin'" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to "It's Too Late," selling tens of millions of records and resetting the thermostat of pop culture.
In Laurel Canyon, veteran journalist Michael Walker tells the inside story of this unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom's leading musical lights―including Joni Mitchell; Jim Morrison; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; John Mayall; the Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; the Eagles; and Frank Zappa, to name just a few―who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed.
Event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited and expected to fill quickly, so stay tuned to learn how you can obtain your free tickets for admission. Information available at Carlsbad City Library.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy below of Laurel Canyon to be delivered at the event.