REMEMBER WHEN THE STRIP WAS HIP?
Perfect timing. Perfect location. As part of the less-than-inspired second annual Sunset Strip Music Festival -- Korn? Kottonmouth Kings? -- author Domenic Priore signs and presents a slide show of photographs from his awesome 2007 book, Riot on Sunset Strip (Jawbone), featuring a forward by the late Love frontman Arthur Lee. The hundreds of black-and-white images of famous recordings, legendary performances and celebrities boogeying with beatniks and longhairs take readers back to the two years before the Summer of Love, when "rock & roll displaced the movies as the center of action in Hollywood," namely the curfew riots in November 1966 that had kids clashing with cops and city officials. Priore maps out some of the city's most famous clubs, revisiting the heyday of the Whisky A Go Go, as well as all the old haunts, from Gazzarri's on one end of the strip to Ciro's and Pandora's Box on the other. As for the historical tidbits, music buffs are sure to be interested in learning about the Byrds debuting "Mr. Tambourine Man" -- with help from Bob Dylan himself -- at Ciro's in 1965, and how the Stones cut "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at the RCA Music Center of the World.
Sat., Sept. 12, 3 p.m., 2009
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