On May 9 the GRAMMY Museum will launch California Dreamin': The Sounds Of Laurel Canyon 1965–1977 — a new exhibit that will explore the story of the Los Angeles rock scene from the mid-'60s to mid-'70s, a golden age of music, creativity and culture.
"Laurel Canyon was as much a mindset as it was a music scene," said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. "The remarkably rich sounds of Laurel Canyon and the sheer number of songwriters, bands, producers, artists, engineers, and record company people who have lived and worked out of Laurel Canyon prove that Los Angeles is and continues to be a vital rock scene. We felt it was important to tell that story, right here in our hometown."
On display through Nov. 30, exhibit artifacts will include Richie Furay's (Buffalo Springfield/Poco) 1970s "Nudie" suit; Jim Morrison's writing chair; costumes, instruments and ephemera from the Modern Folk Quartet (which included noted music photographer Henry Diltz among its members); a hand-painted chair owned by Cass Elliot of the Mamas And The Papas; original photography by Diltz and Graham Nash; and exclusive interviews with various artists and industry experts; among other items.
In addition to the exhibit, California Dreamin': The Sounds Of Laurel Canyon 1965–1977 will include a host of public programming events, educational curricula, intimate performances, lectures, and more.