Capitol Records Building

Hidden Gems in Los Angeles: Music History Edition

02/09/2017

Gustavo Turner

Like many buildings and structures on the this list, the recording studio compound on 6000/6050 Sunset Blvd. has seen many changes of names, and owners. Currently refurbished as United Recording Studios, offering a vintage recording experience to new acts, this is the historic venue where Frank Sinatra made his 60's-era Reprise recordings back when it was known by its iconic name: United Western Recorders. The building is also a California pop shrine: Brian Wilson crafted a lot of Pet Sounds and Smile between these walls, as recently (and amazingly) recreated for the film Love and Mercy

GRAMMY Museum interior

Tune In & Check Out the Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE

02/08/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Founded in December 2008, the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards.

1975 Cadillac Eldorado by Nudie Cohn at Valley Relics Museum

Step Back in Time at the Valley Relics Museum

01/22/2017

Discover Los Angeles

"It's the world's most famous valley," said Gelinas, noting that Marilyn Monroe and Robert Redford went to Van Nuys High School, and John Elway attended Granada Hills. "Why is it that the Valley was home to so many famous people for so many years? James Cagney's ranch was right down the street from here. Clark Gable's ranch was right down the street, in Chatsworth. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married in Canoga Park. You had Barbara Stanwyck and Jack Oakie's estate right up here in Northridge."

Gelinas noticed that many of the places from his childhood, from department stores to restaurants and amusement parks, were disappearing. "About 20 years ago, I took it upon myself to try and seek out my history and figure out what happened to all these wonderful establishments. Pieces of architecture and places I used to hang out, realizing that they're gone forever. So I started collecting things like a small photograph, a postcard, an annual."

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