Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hudsons and pals recall Laurel Canyon days

Brett and Mark Hudson are captured in the spotlight on LA's Laurel Canyon and its importance to musical culture over the past fifty years. The classic photo of two-thirds of The Hudson Brothers with their producer Bernie Taupin, his songwriting partner Elton John-- and friends-- is one of many highlights in A big heavy new photo-filled book called Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon, which takes the Laurel Canyon saga before and beyond the Byrds to Zappa to CSN heyday that's been written up in recent years. The photo was taken at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco club on the Sunset Strip during The Hudson Brothers' Seventies prime, and also showed up in the Rodney doco, The Mayor of The Sunset Strip.

We're just digging into the new book by Harvey Kubernik and all the pictures we've never seen (Like the one above, We know the shot of David Crosby, Joni Mitchell and Eric Clapton in Mama Cass's yard, but not the wider angle showing Micky Dolenz filming the scene).


Rene said...

Love it!!! Those were the days... never has there been a time like that in music history. Ok, yeah, I'm old.

Pete Winton said...

I'll add that there's still a good vibe in the neighborhood. Watch this video of their 2009 Photo Day... http://www.myvoiceoverguy.com/voice-over/picture-perfect-laurel-canyon/