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As well as being one of the most important cities in the world in the film industry, Los Angeles, California is also one of the most important places in the world for the recorded music industry. Many landmarks in Los Angeles - such as Capitol Records, which resembles a stack of albums - are representative of this. A&M Records long occupied a studio off Sunset Boulevard built by Charlie Chaplin (who wrote the music for his own films). The Warner Brothers built a major recording business in addition to their film business. At the other end of the business, local Rhino Records began a reissue boom by digging through archives of old recordings and repackaging them for modern audiences.




20th century

During the 1930s and 1940s Los Angeles had a vibrant African-American musical community even when it was relatively small: a number of musical artists congregated around Central Avenue, and the community produced a number of great talents, including Charles Mingus, Buddy Collette, Gerald Wilson, but in the 1950s it disappeared.

In the 1960s the Sunset Strip became a breeding ground for bands like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Doors. The Beach Boys were founded in nearby Hawthorne.

Much hard rock has come out of Los Angeles, including hard rockers Van Halen from nearby Pasadena, "hair bands" like Mötley Crüe & Guns N' Roses, thrash metal acts like Metallica and Slayer, and also '90s rock bands such as KoЯn and especially Red Hot Chili Peppers.

There was a sizable punk rock movement which spawned the hardcore punk movement featuring bands like X, Black Flag and Wasted Youth.

In the 1980s, the Paisley Underground movement was native to Los Angeles.

In the 1990s, Los Angeles' contribution to rock music continued with acclaimed artists such as Beck, Weezer, Sublime of Long Beach, Tool and Rage Against the Machine. At the end of the 1990s, the nu metal band Linkin Park was formed in Agoura, and was named after Lincoln Park in Santa Monica, near their recording studio.

In addition, the gangsta rap of N.W.A., and later the solo careers of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg, among related acts, reestablished Los Angeles (particularly the communities of Long Beach and Compton) as a center of African-American musical development and G-funk as one of hip-hop's major living styles.

Modern Los Angeles Music

Although Los Angeles has produced few internationally successful or critically notable acts in the 2000s (The Game being a prominent exception within the field of hip-hop), which became increasingly popular in the 2000s, the city retains its importance as a center of live rock music, rap, and of the music industry.

After 2000

After 2000 LA based noise rock acts like Liars, HEALTH and No Age became famous world wide (mainly Europe and America) touring bands. The L.A. indie scene rides the wave through neighborhoods like Koreatown, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Echo Park, which have given rise to such bands as Elliot Smith, Moving Units, Rilo Kiley, Earlimart, Autolux, Scarling. and Giant Drag.[1][2]. The venue The Smell became a prominent spot after 2000 where many new avant garde indie rock acts like Abe Vigoda, Anavan, Ancestors, BARR, Carla Bozulich, Captain Ahab, David Scott Stone, HEALTH, Laco$te, Lavender Diamond, The Mae Shi, Mika Miko, Nite Jewel, No Age, Silver Daggers, Thrones, and Upsilon Acrux started their careers. Skeleteen is a band from LA as well.

Music Venues in Los Angeles

See also

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  1. ^ John, Zeiss (2007-09-11). "Earlimart: Steering Silver Lake's ship". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  
  2. ^ Dicks, Brett Leigh (2006-09-28). "The Watson Twins Display their Southern Manners". Faster Louder. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  
  3. ^ Los Angeles Music Center Retrieved on 2008-09-09

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