The Los Angeles Dream

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Ronald Brownstein paints a wide and detailed canvas of 1974 in his very fine book, Rock Me on the Water.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here was a moment when all of popular culture seemed to be on the same page, in the same spot: Los Angeles in 1974. The Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt had all overcome fitful starts to unite around a folky-country-rock sound that became America’s new soundtrack. A new wave of sophisticated television, displacing cornball and piffle such as McHale’s Navy and Green Acres, brought us the enduring classics All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. On the screen, the labors of friends Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Robert Towne yielded Chinatown, released that summer, and Shampoo,


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