What was so special about Laurel Canyon, which nurtured the fabled California Sound in the 1960s and was home to such budding future music legends as former San Diegan Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Doors and Crosby, Stills & Nash?
And what role did some of the Laurel Canyon musicians have at Woodstock and Altamont — the most famous and infamous rock-music festivals, respectively, of the 1960s — which took place barely four months apart at the end of that tumultuous decade?
“Laurel Canyon,” the lovingly crafted docu-series that debuts today on EPIX and concludes June 7, provides the multifaceted answers.
The two 90-minute segments focus on what transpired in that bucolic Los Angeles neighborhood between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s, and the many solo artists and bands — from The Byrds to the Eagles — that came in between. A treasure trove of pictures by Nurit Wilde and famed music photographer Henry Diltz is interspersed with a generous array of recent and archival footage, along with wealth of new and vintage interviews.
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