30 Vintage Candid Photos of Rockstars Living in Laurel Canyon

By Sarah Norman | December 7, 2023

You Could Find Everyone Hanging at The Troubadour

In the 1960s and ‘70s, folk musicians, psychedelic rockers, country rockers, and pop groups tried to get a little edge flocked to Laurel Canyon. Rock stars, it seemed, had found their Shangri-La, an idyllic world where a group of disparate friends all grew together to become some of the best-known artists of the 20th century. Artists like Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, The Monkees, and Crosby, Stills & Nash all lived within walking distance of one another and would routinely hang out and jam together into the wee hours of the morning. The Laurel Canyon rock star scene was, like the California sound many of them made famous, a mellow affair.

The canyon’s twisted, humpbacked roads, dense eucalyptus, and neighborhoods of hidden homes feel like a woodland, country town that’s a world away from Los Angeles, but it’s somehow only five minutes away from the Sunset Strip. That’s what made the area so charming to the Bohemian artists of the Woodstock generation.

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Exterior of the Troubador. Source: Wikimedia Commons

If you walked down to the Canyon Country Store and couldn’t find anyone hanging out, there’s a good chance all you needed to do was head down to Sunset and stick your nose into the Troubadour. Anyone who was anyone hung out at this longstanding club, drinking and jamming until last call. Photographer and musician Henry Diltz explained:

It was like the clubhouse. It was a place you would go and all your friends would be there. You knew all the groups that were playing, you had affairs with the waitresses, and Harry Dean Stanton would be sitting at the bar.

Artists like Joni Mitchell and Elton John performed multi-night runs at the venue, and The Eagles tightened their act playing as backing band for Linda Ronstadt. 

David Crosby and Joni Mitchell met on Lookout Mountain Avenue

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One of the places in Laurel Canyon that you can still visit today is Lookout Mountain Avenue, the spot where Joni Mitchell and David Crosby first met while wandering around the area  individually. As the years went on the two would work together, party together, and perform together. It's amazing that this historical spot is still standing.