The magic of LA's Laurel Canyon and its music being reborn at Grammy Museum

The Associated Press

In this Friday, May 9, 2014, photo, Folk musician and photographer Henry Diltz, whose iconic photographs of Laurel Canyon are featured at the Grammy Museum show "California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965 - 1977," in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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"It was cheap and musicians are cheap," guffawed Volman, who rented a house for $280 a month in 1965 with Poco's Richie Furay. "It housed musicians because musicians made no money in those days and when they did the record companies stole it."

Eventually of course, they would make money, and would leave the canyon for neighborhoods where there was more than one store and the streets actually had sidewalks.

"You know what happens," said Diltz, who moved to the San Fernando Valley. "You get married, right, and then you have kids. And when you have kids you have to move downhill to where the schools and the birthday parties and the supermarkets are."

Meanwhile, in the years afterward, the canyon's legacy brought in the wealthy, who priced out future generations of struggling musicians. Even the modest homes like the place Volman and Furay shared go for $1 million or more now.

"But Laurel Canyon was always more than just a scene," Santelli said. "It was also a mindset."

Until the end of November that mindset lives on the second floor of the Grammy Museum.

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