Laurel Canyon - 2020 - 7/10
Rosy tinted nostalgia of Los Angeles neighborhood, circa 1965-1971, when musicians roamed.
This is more free-wheeling and more substantive than 2018’s “vanity doc” by Dylan’s kid.
Straight off, Joni Mitchell is included, as are Love, the Doors, even Alice Cooper (early Zappa signee).
Youthful photos and images are shown while current voices recollect.
One sees the artists during their creative peak, not after the progression of decades.
The second part opens with the demise of the 60’s: Manson family, Kent State, Altamont.
Narrative cruises into the 70’s, with Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles.
Some have voiced the second half is a downer. Not really. Tastes and fashions change.
Chronology of the doc is somewhat massaged, but not overly so.