Laurel Canyon found itself a nexus of counterculture activity and attitudes in the 1960s, becoming famous as home to many of L.A.’s rock musicians, such as Frank Zappa, The Mamas & the Papas, The Byrds, Jim Morrison, Buffalo Springfield, and Joni Mitchell.
"There was a feeling of unity like it was our neighbourhood," says Michelle Phillips in Legends of the Canyon, a new documentary which traces the trajectory of the area’s music scene. In the late 60s, there were pot-fuelled picnics at Mama Cass' house attended by a visiting Beatle or a neighbourhood Byrd, nude-swimming parties at Peter Tork's house on Willow Glen and all-night bacchanals at Zappa's home with groupies such as the GTOs. [x]
Songs inspired by Laurel Canyon: “Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)” by The Mamas & the Papas, “Love Street” by The Doors, “Ladies of the Canyon” by Joni Mitchell, “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.