Hotel California : Hotel California is the first in-depth account of the scene that swirled around the brilliant singer-songwriters and powerful millionaires of the LA Canyons in the closing years of the 1960s and throughout the following decade. Barney Hoskyns' history of this vital period in the development of today's great musical influences spans the rise of Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Eagles, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and focuses on the brilliance and determination of the man who linked them all. David Geffen had set out to establish a 'very small' record label, Asylum Records, in 1971 - twenty years later he sold his second label for a cool $550 million. Drawing on extensive interviews with the stars, writers, managers, executives and scenesters who lived through the period, Hoskyns looks behind the sun-drenched, denim-clad image of the time. He explores the myriad relationships - both professional and personal - between these artists and the songs that issued from them. An epic tale of songs and sunshine, genius and greed, Hotel California has all the makings of a pop-culture classic.