MICHAEL WALKER is the author of the national bestseller, Laurel Canyon- The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Men's Vogue, Esquire, GQ, and many other publications.
Required reading . . . 1973 is a turning point in popular music the border between hippie-ethos 60s rock n roll and conspicuous-consumption excess 70s rock. "New York Post" "" Loud and boisterous . . . Like a good vinyl-era single, it s over before it wears out its welcome. You may even want to flip it over and start again when you re finished. "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" "" You don t have to love the music or personas of the three bands highlighted here . . . to appreciate the vital roles that all three played in creating the modern rock star. . . . [Walker] is convincing and entertaining in explaining why 1973 was a seminal year in rock. "The Daily Beast" "" [There s] so much rock n' roll history packed inside. "GQ" "" Very well written . . . It gives an intellectual immersion into these bands lives. "Led-Zeppelin.org" "" [Walker] argues for  as a tipping point, when big tours and bigger money became a defining ethos in rock music. "NPR""