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A wonderful biography


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Inside Laurel Canyon (a web book) subsequently released as Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream.  Ahem, a most interesting read, more interesting than a LeCarre spy thriller. ;) Wonder if there's a prog rock/70s equivalent of this book (which pertains to the mid 60s as the title indicates) because it seems to have been going on since the beginning of time.  Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
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Originally posted by rogerthat rogerthat wrote:

Inside Laurel Canyon (a web book) subsequently released as Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream.  Ahem, a most interesting read, more interesting than a LeCarre spy thriller. ;) Wonder if there's a prog rock/70s equivalent of this book (which pertains to the mid 60s as the title indicates) because it seems to have been going on since the beginning of time.  Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
 
Is it about the lifestyle of the rich and drugged....?
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

 
Is it about the lifestyle of the rich and drugged....?
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That's kind of touched upon but it's incidental.  More to do with the illustrious lineage of these bleeding heart 'peacenicks' who all gathered in Laurel Canyon for some reason at the time and created a music scene where there was none before.  
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Originally posted by rogerthat rogerthat wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

 
Is it about the lifestyle of the rich and drugged....?
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That's kind of touched upon but it's incidental.  More to do with the illustrious lineage of these bleeding heart 'peacenicks' who all gathered in Laurel Canyon for some reason at the time and created a music scene where there was none before.  

Sounds interesting.....I assume people like the Eagles, CSNY, Joni Mitchell, etc are the focus...?
I might have to ck it out.


I cked out the book....https://www.amazon.com/Weird-Scenes-Inside-Canyon-Laurel/dp/1909394122
definitely will pick that one up.....I listened to most of those bands back in the day.


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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by rogerthat rogerthat wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

 
Is it about the lifestyle of the rich and drugged....?
Wink

That's kind of touched upon but it's incidental.  More to do with the illustrious lineage of these bleeding heart 'peacenicks' who all gathered in Laurel Canyon for some reason at the time and created a music scene where there was none before.  

Sounds interesting.....I assume people like the Eagles, CSNY, Joni Mitchell, etc are the focus...?
I might have to ck it out.


I cked out the book....https://www.amazon.com/Weird-Scenes-Inside-Canyon-Laurel/dp/1909394122
definitely will pick that one up.....I listened to most of those bands back in the day.

Yup, them and Doors, Zappa, the Wilsons etc.
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I am currently rereading the complete Sherlock Holmes canon. We have a bibliophile edition of the original fifty-three stories and four novels in four volumes. Just finished the second novel "The Sign of the Four".




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We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory.  This is a great book if you're a fan of horror or darker fantasy.  It's relatively easy to read (about 180 pages), and it received a Nebula Award.  I haven't read anything else by Gregory yet, but I loved this!
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Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

A wonderful biography

I need to check that one out--as a huge Mahler fan I've always had an interest in Bruno Walter.

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It's a very thin novel, but slow reading. Nabokov's writing is so insanely great, you have to go slowly to savor the twisty sentence structures and drily hilarious word choices.
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Thomas Pynchon- The Crying of Lot 49
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Originally posted by Guy Guden Guy Guden wrote:

Thomas Pynchon- The Crying of Lot 49

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Currently working my way through a list of about 200 books in areas of modern British history, modern Russian history and WWI for my qualifying exams in September. So the answer is, read too many good books lately. Would love to spend some time with some trashy novel for a change.
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Originally posted by BaldFriede BaldFriede wrote:

I am currently rereading the complete Sherlock Holmes canon. We have a bibliophile edition of the original fifty-three stories and four novels in four volumes. Just finished the second novel "The Sign of the Four".


 
Loved those....read them many years ago..................I highly recommend the PBS television versions with Jeremy Brett as Holmes.
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Originally posted by thwok thwok wrote:

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory.  This is a great book if you're a fan of horror or darker fantasy.  It's relatively easy to read (about 180 pages), and it received a Nebula Award.  I haven't read anything else by Gregory yet, but I loved this!
 
Thanks for the recommendation......I like dark fantasy and horror that's well written.
I recommend the 'Sandman Slim' series by Kadrey and 'The Dresden Files' series by Butcher.
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Originally posted by Michael P. Dawson Michael P. Dawson wrote:

Originally posted by Guy Guden Guy Guden wrote:

Thomas Pynchon- The Crying of Lot 49


I'd really like to read the fictitious play "The Courier's Tragedy" by the fictitious playwright Richard Wharfinger that plays an important role in that book. It has such wonderful lines as this:

"No hallowed skein of stars can ward, I trow, / Who's once been set his tryst with Trystero"


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^ I should reread that Pynchon novel....been a long time....I enjoyed V also but never managed to finish Gravity's Rainbow....nor tried any of the later ones.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

^ I should reread that Pynchon novel....been a long time....I enjoyed V also but never managed to finish Gravity's Rainbow....nor tried any of the later ones.
 
My first Pynchon book was Mason & Dixon when it came out new.  I read Bleeding Edge when it came out after that.  The Crying of Lot 49 is only my third work of his.  I always have mixed feelings in each book.
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Originally posted by Guy Guden Guy Guden wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

^ I should reread that Pynchon novel....been a long time....I enjoyed V also but never managed to finish Gravity's Rainbow....nor tried any of the later ones.
 
My first Pynchon book was Mason & Dixon when it came out new.  I read Bleeding Edge when it came out after that.  The Crying of Lot 49 is only my third work of his.  I always have mixed feelings in each book.

I really loved the V-shape of "V". The two narrative strands first deal with characters that are marginal to Benny Profane and Herbert Stencil, then with more central characters, then with Profane and Stencil themselves, and finally they meet. Just like the two lines of a "V" getting closer and closer until they meet.


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Originally posted by BaldFriede BaldFriede wrote:

I'd really like to read the fictitious play "The Courier's Tragedy" by the fictitious playwright Richard Wharfinger that plays an important role in that book. It has such wonderful lines as this:

"No hallowed skein of stars can ward, I trow, / Who's once been set his tryst with Trystero"

Oh, I agree, I've always loved that!
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