David Kukoff, editor of Los Angeles in the 1970s, is joined in conversation with contributors Joe Donnelly, Susan Hayden and Matthew Specktor.
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: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine great writers muse on the city in its classic decade. Featuring Joe Donnelly on Venice from Abbot Kinney to Z-boy skaters, Matthew Specktor’s reflections on The Z Channel, the Doors’ John Densmore on being a rock star, Susan Hayden’s poem about growing up in Encino in the ’70s, and many, many more.
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 and has published two books on film and television writing. His first novel, Children of the Canyon was about a boy growing up in Laurel Canyon in the 1970s as the counterculture is coming to an end. This led to a commission from Children’s publisher, Rare Bird Lit, to edit the anthologyLos Angeles in the 1970s. He is at work on a second novel, a follow-up to the anthology, and just sold a script to Film Nation about the battle between Phyllis Schlafly and Gloria Steinem over the ERA.
Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The Believer, and in numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Joe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist and writer. His short story, “Bonus Baby” was selected for the prestigious 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories collection. He teaches english and journalism at Whittier College.
Susan Hayden is a poet, playwright, novelist & essayist. She is also the creator/producer of the long-running lit series, Library Girl, which runs the 2nd Sunday of every month at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. Last year she won the Artist In The Community Award for her “significant contributions to the energetic discourse within Santa Monica’s arts community.”