Thursday, June 18, 2015

Singer-Songwriters 1965 - 1975

This week's class on rock and roll history focused on the singer-songwriters of the Canyons, 1965-1975. The professor began with this quote from Joni Mitchell:

"If you ask anyone in the world where the craziest people are, they will say, the United States.
If you ask anyone in the United states where the craziest people are, they will say, California.
If you ask anyone in California where the craziest people are, they will say Hollywood.
If you ask anyone in Hollywood where the craziest people are, they will say Laurel Canyon."


So Joni Mitchell went to Laurel Canyon, and it was here that became an epicenter for creating music in the 60's.

Some of those artists who found themselves in this epicenter were:
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Graham Nash
  • Stephen Stills
  • David Crosby
  • Neil Young
  • Jim Morrison 
  • Linda Rondstadt
  • Jackson Browne
  • Carole King
  • James Taylor
  • John David Souther
  • Tom Waits
  • Chris Hillman 
  • Roger McGuinn
  • Judee Sill
  • the Mamas and the Papas
  • the Eagles
  • Richie Furay (in Buffalo Springfield and Poco) 
Vanity Fair says it was this place, Laurel Canyon, which became an amalgam of influences that included blues, rock and roll, jazz, Latin, country and western, psychedelia, bluegrass, and folk. It certainly was a forerunner of today's “Americana.”

In this video, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash perform Helplessly Hoping.