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  • Search for Weapons, Watts Riots (1966)

    Cliff Wesselman

    Police search for weapons in the 1900 block of East 103rd Street in Watts. Police patrolling the riot area stopped boys who were driving around late at night and then released them when no weapons were found. Photograph dated March 16, 1966.

    Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

  • Advertisement for Zenda Ballroom (1939)

    Artist Unknown

    This is an advertisement for the Zenda Ballroom, which was located at 936 West 7th Street.

    Shades of L.A. Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

  • Lighthouse, Home of Modern Jazz (1959)

    Artist Unknown

    College students listen to music at the Lighthouse, home of modern jazz on the West Coast. "This is a place to relax," says one official. The Lighthouse at the end of a pier in Hermosa Beach will open its annual Easter Week Inter-Collegiate Jazz festival, a project to encourage young collegiate talent. Photograph dated March 21, 1959.

    Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

  • 1,000 Teenagers Riot on the Sunset Strip (1966)

    Terry Sullivan

    Fists fly as 1,000 teenagers, protesting police treatment, rioted on the Sunset Strip. Photograph dated November 13, 1966.

    Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

The GRAMMY Museum

Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975

Trouble in Paradise explores the pop music scenes of Los Angeles, and their related culture, politics, and popular art, during the years of 1945-1975. In addition to a wide-range of iconic images from the period, the exhibit will also feature a cross-section of ephemera (album art, handbills, concert posters, etc.), music, and filmed interviews with key figures of the scene. The exhibition, co-curated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli and USC Professor Josh Kun, zeroes in on the tensions between alluring myths of Southern California paradise and the realities of social struggle that characterized the years following WWII. Genres of music featured in Trouble in Paradise include surf rock, jazz, R&B, Laurel Canyon folk rock, the Sunset Strip rock scene, and the East L.A. Chicano sound, all of which helped shape one of the most diverse and influential music scenes in all of America during this socially tumultuous period of L.A. history.
02/22/2012 06/03/2012
The GRAMMY Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd. #A245
Los Angeles, CA 90015