Love Street Festival 2018 – Laurel Canyon

As my readers know I love to write about The Doors. It’s been an interesting Doors 50 year anniversary celebration which has sprawled from 2017 into 2018 thus far.

The song “Love Street” was the B-side to The Doors hit single, “Hello I Love You”, released 50 years ago on July 13, 1968. It appears on their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun.

Love Street

The song was originally a poem written by singer Jim Morrison about the street in the Laurel Canyon section of Los Angeles, California where he lived with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. Their address was 8021 Rothdell Trail. Morrison and Courson referred to Rothdell Trail as “Love Street” because they would sit on the balcony and watch countless hippies walk by.

You can take a visual tour of the Love Street house by looking at the Zillow Real Estate listing here. The present value of this property is 1.7 Million but it is off the market right now.

Laurel-Canyon-Country-Store

I have been to Laurel Canyon and seen the Love Street house. It was a pilgrimage I experienced on my birthday in 2012.  I had lunch (A veggie sprouts and humus sandwich and an ice cream bar) at the Canyon Country Store. Here are the lyrics in Love Street that refer to that store.

Love Street Lyrics

The Love Street Festival 2018 in Laurel Canyon held on Sunday July 22nd celebrated the 50th anniversary of Love Street, the house and the store. There are lots of  great photos of this day on the Love Street Festival Facebook Page.

Festival LogoTo commemorate the street’s significance to popular culture and to Laurel Canyon’s deep music roots, Council Member David Ryu (CD4) sponsored an ordinance to officially change the name of a portion of Rothdell Trail to “LOVE STREET”! 

Love Street celebration
The Doors, John Densmore and Robby Krieger with Councilman Ryu.

I love the special connection I always feel with Laurel Canyon in the music of our heart.

 

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Legends of the Canyon – Directors Cut

Blues from Laurel Canyon
Blues from Laurel Canyon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henry Diltz is a photographer who has captured through his lenses a unique music history of images. As a resident of Laurel Canyon, California you could say he was in the right place at the right time. Laurel Canyon has significant historic importance to the evolution of folk-rock and songwriter music.

He photographed the most enduring images of the 60s folk-rock stars who lived in LA’s Laurel Canyon. Now Henry Diltz has directed a documentary about the period. Legends of the Canyon, The Directors Cut on DVD will be available on June 11, 2013.

Legends of the Canyon delivers the story of how rock music spawned in the garden of the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon. Many of rock music’s legendary artists of the late 1960′ s brought to life the anthems of a generation in the commune-like setting of these hills. Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, America, Buffalo Springfield and many others feature.

Disc 1 is the documentary film. Disc 2 will be packed with extra bonus features including previously unreleased archive footage:
Henry Diltz’s 8mm silent footage of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Joni Mitchell at Big Bear, CSNY at Balboa Stadium, Woodstock (exclusive footage), silent footage of Stephen Stills in the UK, Byrds at the Troubadour LA.
Exclusive Photo Library including Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, The Byrds, Hendrix, Jim Morrison, The Mamas and Papas, Woodstock and more…Extended interviews with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Ron Stone, Van Dyke Parks and Gerry Beckley
Bootleg footage from Oklahoma “Stills Tour” All releases will also feature a 20 Page Booklet

Photography: Henry Diltz

Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon

Harvey Kubernik (Author), Scott Calamar (Editor), Diltz Henry (Photographer), Lou Adler (Afterword), Ray Manzarek(Foreword)

An excellent book I own and recommend highly is Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon. It is a well researched coffee table sized book that is the perfect companion piece to Legends of the Canyon documentary.