2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Los Angeles in the 1970s

EDITED By David Kukoff

The 1970s were a heyday for Los Angeles. Hollywood was being revolutionized, the music business was booming, and authors like Joan Didion were producing great novels about the realities of living in the land of eternal sunshine. In Los Angeles in the 1970s great writers muse on the city in its classic decade. Featuring John Densmore on being a rock star, Matthew Specktor's reflections on The Z Channel, Deanne Stillman on the desert, and many, many more.

This is an insider's look at what being an Angeleno was then and is now.

Anyone with interest in the music industry or film industry of the 1970s will love Los Angeles in the 1970s. It will also appeal to anyone who loves the history of Laurel Canyon, reading about the ever-changing culture and landscape of Southern California, and those that just want to read new and established writers.

Debra Wacks—the first all-women installation art piece in LA; Samantha Geimer—Roman Polanski; Dana Johnson—first hand encounter with the SLA house; Jeremy Rosenberg—Anthony Davis, the USC tailback that succeeded OJ Simpson; Jillian Franklyn—teenage promiscuity in the 1970s; Steve Hodel—1970s Hollywood Hills swing house turned kidnapping; Geza X—producing LA punk icons.

A Barnacle Book, Rare Bird Books
Paperback, November 15, 2016: 978-1-942600-71-8
US $16.95 | Nonfiction—Essays

Los Angeles in the 1970s
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Juxtaposes the personal experiences of a boy growing up in L.A.’s fabled Laurel Canyon neighborhood of the ’70s with historic events, from the fallout of the ’60s counterculture to the rise of conservatism.
— LA Daily News
A healthy mix of nostalgia for a bygone era contrasted with the realities and complexities of the decade.
— LA Weekly

A graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has eleven produced film and television credits to his name. He has written for every studio and network in Hollywood, has published two books on film and television writing, and has been the subject of features.