The Box House is located in historic Laurel Canyon.  In the 1960’s and 1970’s, just as San Francisco was having its own Summer of Love, this famous canyon at the heart of Los Angeles was also in full bloom with songs that would define the moment and written by bands that would define a generation.  

Laurel Canyon drew a group of musicians and “hippies” who would combine folk and country influences into rock and roll and change the history of music forever and serve as an incubator for a “golden age” of popular music.

The song “California Dreamin’”  by The Mamas & The Papas would come to identify this Laurel Canyon movement and spread throughout the entire music culture within California, the United States and around the World.

You can listen to the past and present sounds of Laurel Canyon on Laurel Canyon Radio or read this insightful Vanity Fair article about the musical history of the canyon.


In 1908, Charles Lummis, a former Los Angeles Times editor and outspoken regional booster, launched a public campaign to stop English speakers - as he saw it - butchering the pronunciation of Spanish place names, especially Los Angeles.  He summarized his case in a brief rhyme, which publications across the nation printed with some amusement:

"Our Lady, The Queen of the Angels" The Lady would remind you please, her name is not Los Angie Lees, nor Angie anything whatever. To spare her fit historic pride. The G shall not be jellified. O long, G hard, and rhyme with "yes" and all about Loce Ange-el-ess.

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