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At the entrance to the exhibit, which is open through November, the neighborhood’s name is up in lights. And no show about music history would be complete without a soundtrack: Songs by the musicians who lived or made music in Laurel Canyon--like James Taylor and the Eagles--are on heavy rotation throughout the gallery.
Glass cases display the stage wear and casual clothes of the era along with musical instruments, gold records and show posters. Bits of gossip are sprinkled throughout the exhibit text, too: In this collection of Buffalo Springfield memorabilia, we learned how tensions between members Stephen Stills and Neil Young led the band to splinter into Crosby, Stills and Nash--only later adding Young to the mix.
This 1970s suit from the famed rock ’n’ roll costumer Nudie Cohn--who was known for designing rhinestone suits worn by luminaries from John Wayne to Elton John--was worn by Richie Furay of Poco.
Photographer Henry Diltz lived in Laurel Canyon and played music with many of the stars he photographed. Here, Diltz's portrait of Linda Ronstadt during the days she walked around barefoot on the Sunset Strip, before she started dating then (and current) governor Jerry Brown.
In this photo of Joni Mitchell taken by Henry Diltz, Mitchell looks out from the Lookout Mountain Avenue house she shared with then-boyfriend Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame. The glamorous couple was the Brangelina of ’70s Laurel Canyon.
Songstress Joni Mitchell’s dulcimer stands next to a copy of Ladies of the Canyon, the album she wrote about her time living in the neighborhood (which we immediately downloaded to listen to on the car ride home).
The Doors singer Jim Morrison lived behind the Canyon Country Store on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the late ’60s. This was his writing chair. We like to think of him penning “C’mon Baby, Light My Fire” while curled up here.
It’s the summer of love all over again. Well...sort of. The Grammy Museum’s new exhibit, “California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977,” is a fascinating multiroom collection of original photographs, musical instruments and relics (Jim Morrison’s writing chair!) from the heyday of rock ’n’ roll. Strolling through makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a scene from Almost Famous, complete with long-haired guitar gods and cherubic groupies.
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