Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's last Stand in Hollywood
Beach Boys fans are well acquainted with author Domenic Priore, who performed the heroic feat of gathering every word ever written about the Beach Boys’ Smile, and publishing all of it, with minimal but insightful commentary, as Look! Listen! Vibrate Smile! in the mid-1990s. It was nothing if not thorough, kind of like a researcher’s entire file drawer dumped on your desk with notes attached to each artifact.
His latest book shows he hasn't lost his attention to detail, although he's now doing all of the writing himself. Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' roll's last stand in Hollywood, is a thoughtfully created, lovingly compiled history of the events taking place within a few square miles during the years 1965-66.
Just about every musician that hit town in those years gets a paragraph in here somewhere, and the big ones – Buffalo Springfield, Doors, Love, Zappa, Monkees – get multiple pages, as do LA pop art, the roots of local R&B and dance music, the multiple rock-related TV shows of the day, the exploitation film of the book's title, and the riots themselves.