WAITING FOR THE SUN by Barney Hoskyns

This book has been for a long time in my reading list, and I just recently put an hand on it and finally read it.

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I am starting to be familiar with the author, Barney Hoskyns, as he is the author of Hotel California, which I have already presented a few posts before.
So, there is no surprise that the theme of the book has to do with music and West Coast.

The difference between Hotel California and Waiting for the Sun is, contrary to the first one, which basically concerns the period from 1967-1976 in California, the second one widens the period but reduce the area.
Indeed, you wanna read this book if you need to know everything about the music scene in Los Angeles from the 1930’s to the 1990’s; it starts with the boom of jazz music with the “cool jazz” of Chet Baker and finishes with the alternative artist Beck, covering all the way all musical styles which made LA. Yes, you’ll read about jazz, folk, hard rock, punk, rap…everything!

LA – Los Angeles – The City of Angels, fascinates, but this paradise hides a dark side; a lot of artists succeeded in the city, but a lot flew too close to this sun they had been waiting for… Famous hits mix with problems of drugs and alcohol, from which few would not come back from…Not forgetting riots at different times of this period. And contrary to its neighbour San Francisco, LA very early jumped into the business side of art.
And Barney Hoskyns depicts this unique music scene, maybe with sometimes heavy lists of names, but anyone who is interested in the topic should add this book on their list!

 

At first flash of Eden
We race down to the sea
Standing there on freedom’s shore
Waiting for the sun
Can you feel it
Now that Spring has come
That it’s time to live in the scattered sun
Waiting for the sun

Waiting for you to come along
Waiting for you to hear my song
Waiting for you to come along
Waiting for you to tell me what went wrong
This is the strangest life I’ve ever known
Can you feel it
Now that Spring has come
That it’s time to live in the scattered sun

(From Waiting for the sun by The Doors)

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