The Reed's 1970s Soundtrack Map to L.A. from thereedmusic on 8tracks Radio.


Because an all encompassing guide to Los Angeles would be nearly impossible, we've decided to really narrow the focus on the city through the lens of 1970s songwriters. It was a time when L.A. was still a little bit Western and a lot a bit wild. Some of the location pairings are literal and some are more gestural, but we've left them all open for interpretation and discovery. Consistent with the canon of songs about Los Angeles, many of these tracks involve heartache and homesickness—and of course that enduring cliché of trying to make it big in Hollywood. Press play on the image above, kick your feet up, close your eyes, and travel back in time for an hour. 

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The Track

1. Lyin' Eyes by The Eagles (1975)


2. Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips (1973)


3. Century City by Tom Petty (1979)


4. All My Life by Harry Nilsson (1974)


5. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac (1977)


6. Bloody Mary Morning by Willie Nelson (1970)



7. California by Joni Mitchell (1971)


8. Sin City by the Flying Burrito Brothers (1969/1976)


9. Two More Bottles of Wine by Emmylou Harris (1978)


10. Celluloid Heros by The Kinks (1972)


11. Carmelita (Warren Zevon cover) by Linda Ronstadt (1977)


12. Sunset People by Donna Summer (1979)


13. Rock Show by Wings (1975)


14. Redondo Beach by Patti Smith (1975)


15. L.A. Freeway by Guy Clark (1975)

The Spot

Dan Tana's


Union Station


Century Plaza Towers


The Troubadour


El Carmen




Laurel Canyon Country Store


The Ambassador Hotel


John &  Pete's


Hollywood Walk of Fame 


Pioneer Chicken


The Sunset Strip


The Hollywood Bowl


Redondo Pier


The Pregerson Interchange


[Guide created July 2015]