Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter


Californian director Morgan Neville has made dozens of terrific music documentaries and this latest – eulogising the emergence in the early 1970s of singer/songwriters at Los Angeles’s Troubadour club – is equally authoritative. Carole King and James Taylor feature large, with asides from Jackson Browne and Elton John.

Dickie Davis, the club’s former lighting and sound man, sums up the creative spirit of the era perfectly: “The bedroom was Laurel Canyon, the living room was the Troubadour and marijuana was the church.” Superannuated hippies will bliss out; neophytes will no doubt head to the iTunes Store straight afterwards.


Documentary exploring the popularity of singer-songwriters in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Carole King and James Taylor recall the beginnings of their artistic partnership at the Troubadour club in West Hollywood, and reflect on how the scene that grew up around the venue changed pop music. Featuring contributions by Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Cheech & Chong, Steve Martin, JD Souther and Peter Asher.

Cast & Crew

Contributor James Taylor
Contributor Carole King
Contributor Elton John
Contributor Bonnie Raitt
Contributor Jackson Browne
Contributor Kris Kristofferson
Contributor David Crosby
Contributor Roger McGuinn
Contributor Steve Martin
Contributor JD Souther
Contributor Peter Asher
Contributor Cheech & Chong
Director Morgan Neville
Producer Eddie Schmidt
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