152 pages, 9 x 11 inches
160 color photographs
ISBN 0-9643119-2-5
August 1996

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Sinatra...Streisand...Horowitz...Heifetz...they've all played the Hollywood Bowl. So have the Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, Mickey Rooney. Baryshnikov has danced there. Nat King Cole, Billie Holliday, Elton John, Al Jolson and Judy Garland have headlined star-studded shows at the Bowl.

An outdoor amphitheater in a magnificent climate, the Bowl has come to symbolize Southern California--its glamour, romance, fun and great performing tradition. Its signature arched proscenium, known worldwide, has evolved through the years with the creative assistance of three of architecture's luminaries; Myron Hunt, Lloyd Wright, the eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright, and most recently, internationally famous architect Frank Gehry created the fiberglass spheres that hang from the Bowl's shell.

This large-format colorful, elegant book captures the history, spirit and legend of the Hollywood Bowl through a series of essays written by experts in various fields such as dance, opera, recording arts and jazz. Each chapter is luxuriously illustrated by photographs and illustrations carefully culled from historical archives. Otto Rothschild, staff photographer for the Philharmonic for 40 years, left behind a dazzling collection of breathtaking photographs of legendary artists never before published. A fabulous gift book, this work is also historically rigorous for the performing arts aficionado.

The Authors
Edited by noted musicologist John Henken, twelve authors, experts in their fields, have been carefully chosen to write each chapter. For example, Naima Prevots, chair of the Dance program at the American University in Washington, DC, authored "The Bowl in Motion," a chapter covering the ground breaking experimental dance concerts sponsored by the Bowl. Gene Lees, former editor of Down Beat and publisher of The Jazzletter, has written "Midnight at the Oasis," about the world-class jazz performances staged there. George Varga, pop music critic for the San Diego Union Tribune and Copley News Service covers the popular music scene at the Bowl. Ernest Fleischmann, general manager of the LA Philharmonic for almost 30 years, offers personal reflections in a moving introduction.


"I don't think there has been an important artist in the 20th century, either Classical or Pop, that has not enthralled thousands at the Hollywood Bowl. It is as "American as apple pie." To be invited to appear on its stage is as prestigious to the West Coast as Carnegie Hall is to the East. I am grateful to have become a small part of its history."
--Zubin Mehta, Music Director Israel Philharmonic

"The Hollywood Bowl is an amazing arena worthy of this book. With its thousands of seats it is one of the most intimate venues in which I appear. The ambiance of the super enclosure is beyond belief. I hope the relationship between the Bowl and yours truly never ends. I can't wait to get the first copy."
--Mel Torme

"I don't think there's another place in America that has the heart-shaking impact of the Hollywood Bowl. It's a fantastic place to play and it has so much history."
--Bonnie Raitt