As you wind and weave your way through the narrow roads of Los Angeles’ iconic Laurel Canyon drive, it’s hard not to feel transported back in time to when the great singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s emerged onto the L.A. folk-rock scene.
Now, that influential era of rock and roll is the focus of a special GRAMMY Museum exhibit, ‘California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965 – 1977.’ Having opened May 9th, the newest GRAMMY Museum exhibition explores “the story of the Los Angeles rock scene from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, a golden age of music, creativity and culture.”
“Laurel Canyon was as much a mindset as it was a music scene,” said GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli. “The remarkably rich sounds of Laurel Canyon and the sheer number of songwriters, bands, producers, artists, engineers and record company people who have lived and worked out of Laurel Canyon prove that Los Angeles is and continues to be a vital rock scene. We felt it was important to tell that story, right here in our hometown.”
The exhibit features the iconic artists that epitomized the L.A. music scene from The Doors, The Mamas & the Papas, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and many more of the era.
Music lovers will also see a bevy of artifacts from that pivotal music era including handwritten lyrics, photographs and artists’ personal items like Jim Morrison’s writing chair, Cass Elliot’s 1960s hand painted chair, original photography of Henry Diltz and Graham Nash and much more.
California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965 – 1977 is open now and runs through November.