The story of a remarkable time and place: Los Angeles from the dawn of the singer-songwriter era in the mid-Sixties to the peak of The Eagles’ success in the late Seventies.
Hotel California is the first in-depth account of the scene – 'the mythically tangled genealogy’, in the words of writer John Rockwell – that swirled around the brilliant singer-songwriters and powerful millionaires of the LA Canyons in the closing years of the 1960s and throughout the following decade.
Barney Hoskyns’ history of this vital period in the development of today's great musical influences spans the rise of Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Eagles, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and focuses on the brilliance and determination of the man who linked them all. David Geffen had set out to establish a 'very small' record label, Asylum Records, in 1971- twenty years later he sold his second label for a cool $550 million.
Drawing on extensive interviews with the stars, writers, managers, executives and scenesters who lived through the period, Hoskyns looks behind the sun-drenched, denim-clad image of the time, covering everything from the flighty genius of Mitchell and Janus-like volte face of Neil Young to the drug-crazed disintegration of David Crosby and others. He explores the myriad relationships – both professional and personal – between these artists and the songs that issued from them – classics like The Eagles’ ‘Desperado’, Jackson Browne’s ‘Take It Easy’ and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’.
An epic tale of songs and sunshine, genius and greed, Hotel California has all the makings of a pop-culture classic.
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‘if you are looking for the ingredients traditionally required of a good rock'n'roll story, then “Hotel California” has got the lot… An ambitious and authoritative account which makes overdue sense of a spectacularly decadent period of pop history’ David Sinclair, Guardian
‘Hoskyns impresses with the sheer weight of testimony he has amassed and the skill with which he has woven it into a tightly coiled and elegiac narrative.’ Christopher Silvester, Sunday Times
‘A terrific account of the interface between idealism and squalor, art and commerce.’ Guardian
‘The author skillfully teases out the complex web of relationships between the artists, managers, and record executives who made up the West Coast’s self-styled bohemian elite.’ Ben Thompson, IndependentFrom the Back Cover:
Advance praise for Hotel California "A British rock critic obsessed with America, Barney Hoskyns brings a genuine love as well as an outsider′s keen eye to the rise and fall of the California scene in the sixties and seventies. This is a riveting story, sensitively told." —Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone "Comprehensive and lively, Hotel California offers a front–row seat on the wild ride—fueled by drugs, sex, and lots of cash—that took Southern California singer–songwriters from hot tubs and local bars to sold–out stadiums, private jets, and the bestselling album of all time." —Alan Light, author of The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys "One of our finest pop historians reappraises a neglected and often maligned milieu. Barney Hoskyns deftly evokes not just the decadence but the sense of discovery rooted in 1960s idealism and fostered by a gaggle of record industry mavericks who, for a brief period, managed to make art and business coexist." —Simon Reynolds, author of Rip It Up and Start Again
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Book Description HARPER COLLINS 0 PUB, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007177046