Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Grammy Museum Celebrates 30 Years of L.A. Pop Music

A Night with the Grammy Museum
(Flickr pic by MindHead Media.)

The Grammy Museum joins in on "Pacific Standard Time" initiative this February with "Trouble In Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975," a look at 30 pivotal years in the Los Angeles pop music scene. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, and will be housed on its fourth floor. USC professor Josh Kun is co-curator. A few details:

The exhibit features iconic images, a cross-section of ephemera (album art, handbills, concert posters, etc.), music, and filmed interviews with key figures in the scene. Rather than an exhaustive overview, Trouble In Paradise focuses on the tensions between alluring myths of Southern California paradise and the realities of social struggle that characterized the years following WWII.

Genres of music highlighted in the exhibit include surf rock, jazz, R&B, Laurel Canyon folk rock, the Sunset Strip rock scene and the East L.A. Chicano sound, all of which helped shape the most diverse and influential music scenes in all of America during this socially tumultuous period of L.A. History. Trouble In Paradise : Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975 will be on display through March 25, 2012. Additional public and educational programming related to the exhibit will be announced soon.

The Grammy Museum is located downtown at L.A. Live.

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