Up the City of Angels

Discussion in 'Beat and Hippie Books' started by dahlia, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. dahlia

    dahlia Member

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    Up the City of Angels,
    is a fabulous book I commandeered from my high school's library. I can't find it at the local library or at any used or new book stores.

    It is FABULOUS.

    Written by Liza Williams it's a collection of her articles and such for the Los Angeles Free Press during the sixties.

    I was just wondering if anyone else had read it or heard of it.
    I turned on the majority of my friends to it,
    and I think it's one of the unsung beat book heroes.

    ANYONE?
    :bigear:
     
  2. worksong

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    hiya
    was surfing and came across your post. my mum is liza williams, now an ancient hippie confined to an old peoples home in new york. weirdly, just as i found your post she telephoned me and i read out your message. needless to say she was very thrilled and says to say thanks. i dont think you'll find the book anywhere (except second hand stores) so don't tell the library and enjoy it. keep happy. regards mike
     
  3. DandelionDeathmetal

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    WOW. That's pretty damn cool.
     
  4. ultrakaren

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    I recently bought the house where Liza Williams lived when she dated Charles Bukowski. I tracked down her book on Amazon, and I love it. I don't know why her writing is now so obscure. It paints a crazy picture of the 60's for me. It's a trip.
     
  5. Jerry Goldwater

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    She was our very personable , clever and outgoing receptionist . We became very friendly for all the time she remained ( maybe 2 years ) during my 3 year tenure as assistant to the music director the incredible William Malloch . Liza and I were part of a group that often had lunch together .We all enjoyed her column in the too short lived L.A. Free Press . Liza herself observed that the Free Press people and our own very progressive radio station staff were almost like one big ( metaphorically ) incestuous group ... Re her time in South Africa she and her then husband Mansel had a black African student living in a shed in their backyard ; I presumed this was so he could have a much shorter trip to get to school.. I'm not certain of the spelling but Liza was a serious creator of Batique fabrics which she sold ..The last time I saw her in person she was still working for Island Records ,I was out of work and she cheered me up by taking us both to a movie .She told me at that time that being. a very high achiever herself , and he not , the relationship with her ex-husband had fizzled ....From what she said , this was around the time of her breakup from the writer Bukowski ( who is buried in the cemetary just behind our town-house complex, by the way . She stated to me at that last meeting that the gentleman in question " was driving me crazy " . Years later on a TV documentary on Bukowski I saw Liza for the last time...so far.
     
  6. asullivan

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    I met Liza at least twice maybe more in Hollywood. Once someone pointed her out to me in a laundromat on Highland. I thought I met her again a couple of times at the Freep office on Argyle. I was one of the freep hackers then. In late 1970, I thought I saw her on the street in NYC, which puzzled me until I saw her thing in the book about being there. Since then, I've become a reporter -- more than a little inspired by her -- and I would love to interview her if she is willing
     
  7. dynamicduo

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    Dear Mike, My wife (Liza's "queen of green" in up the City of Angles) and I were close friends of your mother in the late 60's and early 70"s. We lost contact with each other after we left the States in '72. We found your 4 year old posting saying that Liza is in an old peoples home in NY. Please, Please, Please, if this message reaches you, be good enough to contact us with a telephone number, address, or e-mail for Liza. We are Mark Feedman and Chela Lightchild (Liza knows us as Mark and Marcie), Telephone # 505 454 3882, e-mail <ruraledu@gmail.com>, address 923 Tilden St. Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701. We will be forever grateful if you can help. Thanks, Mark.
     
  8. lroden

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    Hi Michael, this is Laura Roden from Los Angeles circa 1972, how are you? ping me directly at
    laurarodenhome at gmail.com
     
  9. pieman

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    i havent seen liza since 2001....i knew her from the la free press bookstore on fairfax avenue...i was working w/green power at the time doing the griffith park loveins...
    please contact me via pieman@pieman.org if anyone has any updates on liza
     

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