Hotel California by Barney Hoskyns
This past spring I finally read a book that had been on my “to read” list for quite some time. The book to which I refer is Barney Hoskyns excellent Hotel California, which is an in depth study of the LA music scene from the late 60’s through the late 70’s, covering Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Zevon, Gram Parsons, David Geffen, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, etc., etc. The book deals with excesses of the time, along with several insightful antecdotes that discuss the trials and tribulations of the music industry in the post Aquarius period. The book shimmers with stardust, focusing on the professional and personal side of the life and times of the period’s legendary singers/songwriters and breakout mega groups. Written with insight of dozens of insiders and first hand accounts of what really went down in Laurel Canyon. I can’t recommend this book enough.