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Hotel California

Singer-songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the L.A. Canyons 1967-1976

By Barney Hoskyns

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Format: Paperback / softback
Published In: United Kingdom, 17 July 2006
The story of a remarkable time and place: Los Angeles from the dawn of the singer-songwriter era in the mid-Sixties to the peak of The Eagles' success in the late Seventies. 'Hotel California' is an epic tale of songs and sunshine, drugs and denim, genius and greed, and is the first in-depth account of the LA Canyons scene between 1967 and 1976. Hoskyn's history of this vital period in the development of today's great musical influences spans the rise of Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Eagles, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and focuses on the brilliance and determination of David Geffen, the man who linked them all. Covering genius, drug-crazed disintegration, and the myriad relationships between these artists and the songs that issued from them, and drawing on extensive interviews with countless stars, singers, writers, managers, executives and scenesters, 'Hotel California' is a pop-culture classic.

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/ Includes PS Section The story of a remarkable time and place: Los Angeles from the dawn of the singer-songwriter era in the mid-Sixties to the peak of The Eagles' success in the late Seventies. / Paperback will have a fabulous PS Section. / Was chosen as book of the year by three publications including the Sunday Telegraph and Observer Music Monthly. / Will have massive appeal to music fans of Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

About the Author

Rock historian Barney Hoskyns is the author of nine books and has written about music and pop culture for numerous publications including NME, The Times, Guardian, Vogue and Mojo, of which he was Associate Editor. He lives in London.

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'Hoskyns impresses with the sheer weight of testimony he has amassed and the skill with which he has woven it into a tightly coiled and elegiac narrative.' Christopher Silvester, Sunday Times 'A terrific account of the interface between idealism and squalor, art and commerce.' Guardian 'The author skillfully teases out the complex web of relationships between the artists, managers, and record executives who made up the West Coast's self-styled bohemian elite. Ben Thompson, Independent

EAN: 9780007177059
ISBN: 0007177054
Publisher: HarperPerennial
Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.54 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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