Letter: Laurel Canyon’s bohemian twin in northern England

A notable omission from “Key albums from the Laurel Canyon scene” (Life & Arts, FT Weekend, May 30) is John Mayall’s 1968 album Blues from Laurel Canyon, subtitled: “An outsider’s musical impression of Los Angeles”.

It is musically inventive, and provides striking and varied word-pictures of the area, name checking, inter alia, Apaches, Sunset Boulevard, Canned Heat (and its members) and resident groupie “Miss James”.

The album has unique interest as an impression of the Hollywood Hills from someone who grew up in what is now Greater Manchester. Those places are far apart in all respects but bohemianism and musical creativity.

Hedley Stone
Southam, Warwickshire, UK


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