Manson Murders Coverage from Our Own 1969 Cover StoryFifty years ago, the followers of Charles Manson murdered seven people and forever changed the character of the City of Los Angeles. When the October 1969 issue of Los Angeles magazine went to press (just a few weeks after the crimes), the perpetrators were still unknown and…
Images of 1969 Los Angeles Capture a Mythical Moment in HistoryNo other American city was so utterly remade by the 1960s as Los Angeles.Famously cavalier about torpedoing its past to make way for a fuzzily conceived future, L.A. was the perfect conquest for thousands of rampaging baby boomers wresting the cultural agenda through sheer preemption.…
Charles Manson’s Son Says His Father Was MisunderstoodMichael Brunner, the 51-year-old son of Charles Manson and Manson “Family” member Mary Theresa Brunner, is speaking to the press for the first time in 26 years. And as the 50th anniversary of the murders Manson was convicted of orchestrating approaches, Brunner says he wants to set the…
Gay Guide the Damron Address Book Could Be Nearing Its EndThe story of Bob Damron’s The Address Book begins, like so many others, with one guy and a full tank of gas cutting down the California coast. Picture him pulling out of the Castro in San Francisco, a notebook seated next to him, sun glinting…
Inside the Echo Park Bungalow That's a Shrine to Gay Male Sexuality (and So Much More)Los Angeles is full of iconic homes, but no residence has been more important to the gay community than the house at 1421 Laveta Terrace. The Echo Park bungalow was once home to erotic artist Tom of Finland (born Touko…
90 Years of Secrets Live Inside the Chateau Marmont's Famed WallsWhen it comes to Los Angeles lodgings, there’s an old saying: “If you want to be seen, go to the Beverly Hills Hotel. If you don’t want to be seen, go to Chateau Marmont.” In his new book, The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love,…
Elizabeth Taylor's Longtime Assistant Takes a Stroll Through 700 Nimes RoadFor three decades, the sprawling ranch-style mansion at 700 Nimes Road was the home of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary movie star, perfume maker, lover, and activist. It’s a home that Tim Mendelson, Taylor’s long-time personal assistant and friend, knew well. “Elizabeth liked homes that…
Netflix Egyptian Theater Deal Could Be a Big Move for HollywoodNetflix is stunting on the haters who accuse the company of ruining the traditional movie-going experience, not only by investing in theatrical screenings of original content but literally buying its own cinema–specifically, the historic Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. The Egyptian is currently…
Even Amid the Red Scare, 1950s L.A. Was a Wonderland Without Fences for Young PeopleIt was an oddly idyllic time and place in which to grow up. Los Angeles has become a world city in the intervening years, a gigantic, fast-paced, complex megalopolis, but in the 1950s, while undeniably huge in area, it was still…
Vintage Images of L.A. Kiddieland Beverly Park Bring a Bygone Era to LifeWhether you’re a transplant or a native Angeleno, you’ve got to know your Los Angeles history. Quick: Did you know that before the Beverly Center sprouted up on the corner of Beverly and La Cienega boulevards, there was a picturesque amusement park on the…
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