If you’ve never read this book, you should.
It’s probably the best account of the rise of punk and alternative music in New York City. Now its authors, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, are turning their sights on the early LA scene. From The LA Times:
McNeil and McCain are revisiting their provocative oral history formula to take on an entirely new locale and genre that may surprise some. The pair have been in Los Angeles the past few months, residing in a home just off the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, as they gather stories for the new project. We recently turned the tables and made them give us some oral history about themselves, as well as revealing some details about their latest collaboration.
Tell me about your new project.
Legs McNeil: It’s called Sixty-Nine, An Oral History.
Clever. When will it come out?
Gillian McCain: We’re hoping to have it done in two years. We’re halfway along.
So you’re here in Los Angeles for the next few months to do interviews for it? Who are you covering?
LM: Yes. The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Birds, Paul Revere & the Raiders.
What’s the genre you’re focusing on?
GM: Southern California rock from the late ’60s.
LM: Monterey Pop–type stuff.
Why did you guys feel this era deserved exploring?
LM: I always loved Paul Revere & the Raiders. They wore Revolutionary War outfits and the music was so good.
GM: It was such a tumultuous time. The book’s a lot about the counterculture, not just rock & roll.