The musical heyday of Laurel Canyon

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In the 1960s, artists like Carole King, “Mama” Cass Elliot, and Joni Mitchell found space in Laurel Canyon to form their own counterculture family and create their own kind of music It was summer 1968 in Laurel Canyon. “Mama” Cass Elliot, the big-hearted den mother of the LA music scene, was having a picnic at her rambling estate on Woodrow Wilson Drive, a not uncommon occurrence. “My house is a very free house,” Elliot told Rolling Stone. “It’s not a crash pad and people don’t come without calling. But on an afternoon, especially on weekends, I always get a lot of delicatess...

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