The 1950s and early '60s in Los Angeles was a time of growing consciousness for artists, poets and musicians, coalescing within something best known historically, as "The Beat Generation."
Domenic Priore's slide show Cafe L.A.: The Beat Generation in Los Angeles, is a geographical essay showcasing the history and diversity of Southern California's mid-century arts and music scenes. Taking a look at its widespread neighborhoods - from Malibu to Laguna Beach, inland to Central Avenue, Pasadena and on to Hollywood, Cafe L.A. examines how each area contributed its unique culture to make for a "beat scene" more all-encompassing than could be found in more iconic cities, like San Francisco or New York.
Using rare images from Domenic's extensive personal archives, Cafe L.A. takes the viewer on a magical history tour of the early 1950s Folk and Jazz coffeehouses through the 1960s Pop Art galleries and Sunset Strip Folk-Rock nightclubs, laying the foundation for L.A.'s emergence as a renowned pop-culture mecca.
Domenic Priore is an author, historian, music journalist, photo archivist and filmmaker.† Specializing in Los Angeles history and pop culture, he is an L.A. native who has also lived in San Francisco and New York.† An expert on pop culture from Prohibition to Punk, Domenic knows the scoop on everything from the rise of Central Avenue jazz to the components of the South Bay surf music scene. Having access to key players involved in historical events, Domenic has built his own rich photo archives of the Sunset Strip and the Southern California Beat scene, among other things.
Domenic is the author of several books, Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock Ďní Rollís Last Stand in Hollywood, Pop Surf Culture: Music Design, Film and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom, Smile: The Story of Brian Wilsonís Lost Masterpiece, and Beatsville.