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Posted By: pdq
03-Feb-11 - 01:59 PM
Thread Name: Review: 'Troubadours' documentary - '70s LA folk
Subject: RE: Review: 'Troubadours' documentary - '70s LA folk
Nobody questions the talent and musical contributions these people made, but this is the story of Pop Music made by people who had some Folk roots, although Carol King didn't even have that, being a product of the New York music machine run by Don Kirshner whose goal was to make millions of bucks through music, not to make good music.

About the Los Angeles County Folk clubs...

The Troubadour opened in 1957 and continues as a progressive music and folk venue in West Hollywood, although that city was not incorporated until 1984.

The Ash Grove in Los Angeles opened in 1958, closed in 1973.

McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica opened in 1958 but I cannot find whether their live concerts started at the same time. Even smaller than the Troubadour with a "full house" being 150 people.

The Ice House (Pasadena) opened as folk club in 1960 but changed with the times, becoming one of the country's premier comedy clubs by the mid the 1970s.

Some say the Ash Grove was the best. Don't know, but perhaps some folks who went to these venues can share a story.