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Old 10-04-2009, 01:59 PM
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Glam metal was not the first Sunset Strip music scene or even the most influential.

Before the 1960s, the Strip was mainly home to adult nightclub entertainment, but some of the big Las Vegas rooms started insisting that their acts not play the Hollywood clubs since Vegas is so close. So the Sunset Strip clubs started catering to young people and even teenagers.

This was the scene that gave us The Doors, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Turtles and many other greats from the 1960s. Rhino Records just put out a box set called Where The Action Is that focuses more on the acts that were big in L.A. but didn't make it nationally like Love. The set includes a book that details the history of the Sunset Strip music scene of the era.

For a Hollywood movie exploitation look at that era of the Strip, watch the movie Riot On Sunset Strip or look at the first episode of 1967 Dragnet available at Hulu where towards the middle of the show, Jack Webb visits the Sunset Strip.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:23 PM
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There is still a hair metal scene here and every Monday night Steel Panther has a line out the door of the Key Club, paying about $20 per ticket. But they're an exception because they combine all the talent and comedy of the scene so people pay to see them. Bands don't necessarily have to pay to play out but don't count on making any money beyond gas money. You'd be better off going to Vegas as a cover band or touring small town America.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:24 PM
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The new book "Canyon of Dreams" about Laurel Canyon and the Hollywood music scenes contains a good retrospective of the various music decades, with a lot of great photos. (Full frontal disclosure: including one of mine.)

Downtown L.A., as of Oct. 2009, is where you go to see non-paying-to-play bands at small venues. Hollywood still retains the major recording studios and rehearsal studios.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:32 AM
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I know of Platinum Rockstars - a cover band that does 80s glam rock / hair metal. [url=http://www.platinumrockstars.com]Los Angeles Classic Rock Tribute Show[/url]
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