Item description for Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock'n'Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood by Domenic Priore & Arthur Lee...
From the moment the Byrds debuted at Ciro's on March 26th 1965 — with Bob Dylan joining them on stage — through the demonstrations of November 1966, Sunset Strip nightclubs introduced the Doors, Buffalo Springfield the Mothers of Invention, and so many more. Riot on Sunset Strip shows how this legendary scene came together, burned briefly but brilliantly, and then fell apart after the Summer of Love. This inspiring book evokes a raucous, revolutionary time in American culture for those who lived it and contemporary youth culture fascinated by the time.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.5" Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 2007
Publisher Jawbone Press
ISBN 1906002045 ISBN13 9781906002046 UPC 884088152482
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More About Domenic Priore & Arthur Lee
Brian Chidester is the editor of The Dumb Angel Gazette and has produced documentaries with Showtime, BBC, the Trio Channel, and the Carl Wilson Foundation. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Beat Generation in Los Angeles (Arcadia Publishing). He lives in Los Angeles, California. Domenic Priore is a contributor to "Billboard" magazine and "Pulse!" and a producer at BBC, Paramount, and PBS. He is the author of "Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood" and ""Smile": The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece." He lives in Los Angeles.
Reviews - What do customers think about Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock'n'Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood?
Great History Of 1960s L.A. Rock Scene! Apr 14, 2008
This book has everybody from The Beach Boys,Jan&Dean,Johnny Rivers,The Byrds,Love,to Frank Zappa&The Mothers of Invention. For the most part,Priore gives the reader a comprehensive history of the Los Angeles music scene. From surf to psychedelia,it's all here packed with interesting anecdotes and pictures. There are a couple of points to quibble about. First,a few of the picture captions mis-identify some important L.A. figures.There is a picture that is supposedly Johnny Rivers but clearly is not. In the section of the book that chronicles the Byrds,he states that producer Gary Usher had his Sagitarius partner Curt Boetcher singing lead vocals on the songs "Natural Harmony"&"Draft Morning" when in actual fact it was Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. Still,it's a fun book that will be even better if they correct these aforementioned mistakes for later printings.
Great Topic and Era Apr 7, 2008
I agree with the author's premise that the music from SoCal is far superior to that of San Francisco from the same era and enjoyed reading the book. I give it only 3 stars because the editing was so poor and it became paragraphs of listed facts at times that stopped the flow. Several of the photo captions are incorrect, i.e. Stephen Stills is not Richie Furay, Denny Doherty isn't John Phillips, etc. I would have preferred a listing of bands, like the clubs in the back of the book. But reading so much about The Leaves, Seeds and Standells, plus Arthur Lee and Love was great. The tie-in with the animated shows of that period was gold. Not living in the area at the time, I was aware of "Where The Action Is" and Lloyd Thaxtoon in the afternoons, plus Shindig and Hullabaloo at night. But I had no idea there were so many more shows like them locally. The youth today should be so lucky. But riot or no riot, that scene would have ended anyway, as Sgt. Pepper was released in 1967 and the industry was changed almost overnight. It makes me wonder what might happen to an area of successful youth clubs today if a bunch of boomers decided to just start hanging around, blocking traffic and not spending money. I'm sure the club owners would complain to some form of local government. Because the riots in 1966 had more to do money and not some vast right-wing conspiracy as Priore wants you to believe.
An ideal addition to personal, academic, and community library 20th Century American Music History reference collections Nov 3, 2007
In 1965 and 1966, the city of Los Angeles saw a sudden burst of rock groups playing in venues on the fabled Sunset Strip. These were bands that included such legendary outfits as The Byrds, The Doors, Love, The Seeds, The Turtles, The Mammas and the Papas, The Standells, and so many others. They appeared with the unexpected suddenness of a comet, then vanished just as swiftly. In "Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Rolls Last Stand In Hollywood" writer, television producer, music and pop culture historian Domenic Priore provides an illustrated history of that remarkable time that saw a unique musical scene come into existence and the fall apart at the Monterey Pop festival as a kind of tragic finale to the fabled Summer of Love. Profusely illustrated, "Riot On Sunset Strip" is a fascinating read that is informed and informative, making it an ideal addition to personal, academic, and community library 20th Century American Music History reference collections and supplemental reading lists..
Re-live the fabulous hey days of the Sunset Strip Sep 24, 2007
This book is a great in-depth tribute to the people,places and atmosphere that made the Sunset Strip the 'place to see and be seen' Great photos..and tid-bits about all the clubs..who played there and how the local Government felt and acted upon the whole scene..also provides a list of all the clubs and their addresses..Don't pass this book up!
Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand? Sep 11, 2007
Priore's book on the Strip isn't bad at all. Highly entertaining in fact. As long as you're on board with his agenda of everything from L.A. in the mid '60s was brilliant and everything from San Francisco was crapola then you're in for a treat as his research was extensive. The garage rock chapter unearthed tons 'O bands I'd never heard of and even if he doesn't really tell you anything you didn't already know about The Beach Boys, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Doors, etc he still puts you right in the center of all the action in Hollywood circa '66-'67. Rock 'n' roll may not have died after that but he convinces you that his rock 'n' roll did.