Book Review: Hollywood Eden

By Joel Selvin

(hardcover) $28.00

Selvin captures the early ‘60s Los Angeles pop-music scene, its highs and lows, its hits and misses, its epics and obscurities, expertly weaving together the story threads of its now legendary players (Jan & Dean, Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Nancy Sinatra, Lou Adler, Terry Melcher, Kim Fowley) and the result is a vivid, fascinating tapestry of a uniquely Californian era of music that rocked the planet.