Waiting for the Sun - Une histoire de la musique à Los Angeles
“My deep intention with 'Waiting for the Sun' is a study of the uniquely Californian interplay between light and dark, or between good and evil.”
Barney Hoskyns' approach is original: to tell not the story of a group or a style, but that of a city's music scene. From the 40s to 2000, Los Angeles was a formidable musical melting pot: from "cool jazz" by Chet Baker and Miles Davis to "West Coast" rap by Ice Cube, passing by the inventions of the craziest rock of the world. Doors or the Byrds. Los Angeles is the city of paradoxes: between sublime and ridiculous, stars adored then fallen, where figures of destructive madness and ghetto rage rub shoulders with the most intimate poets. This gigantic panorama of Californian music , very documented and rich in funny, scabrous or tragic anecdotes reads like a fascinating, rich and relentless novel, in which the city is the main character, and of which Hoskyns reveals the reverse: how many hits received by Brian Wilson for a hymn in surfing, how many months of isolation for an ode to the California Girls, what degree of paranoia for a celebration of Good Vibrations?
Author: Barney Hoskyns
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