Ken Tucker
June 07, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The L.A. Musical History Tour

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Art Fein
publisher
Faber & Faber
genre
Music, Pop Culture

We gave it an A-

Art Fein, pop-music historian and cable-TV talk show host (Li’l Art’s Poker Party), offers photos and anecdotes about Los Angeles’ notable musical landmarks in The L.A. Musical History Tour. Do you know the location of the ”Dead Man’s Curve” immortalized in Jan and Dean’s 1964 song? (It’s on Sunset Boulevard across from the UCLA football field.) Did you know that the light atop the Capitol Records office building (itself designed to resemble a stack of 45-rpm singles) blinks H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in Morse code? Fein knows all this and a lot more. His book succeeds as a tour guide, as pop history, as humor, as a labor of love. Could have used some rap- music representation, though. A-

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