Announcing THE FIRST 100 YEARS Limited Edition Book, Vinyl Box Set and New Podcast Series
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will release Hollywood Bowl: The First 100 Years – a new book, vinyl box set and podcast series celebrating the iconic venue’s 100th season – on Friday, June 3, to coincide with the season’s opening night. 2022. The Memorial Collection preserves and pays homage to some of the most notable and treasured moments and performances in the rich history of the Hollywood Bowl.
LA Phil Chairman and CEO and David C. Bohnett Chairman and CEO Chad Smith said: “Over the past 100 years, the Hollywood Bowl has been home to some of the greatest memories in the performing arts. Some of those moments are captured perfectly in a photograph, some in a recording, and some must to be told first hand. To better celebrate the centennial, we knew we had to produce a book, a collection of recordings and a series of podcasts to honor our history and commend the diversity of artists who have performed on this iconic stage. .”
HOLLYWOOD BOWL CENTENNIAL BOOK AND VINYL COLLECTION
Hollywood Bowl: The First 100 Years, written by Derek Traub and edited by Julia Ward and Robin Rauzi, features over 300 image-filled pages comprised of 10 themed chapters drawing on first-hand accounts and rarely seen photography to reveal what makes the Hollywood Bowl an unparalleled performance space.
The story of Princess Tsianina, a Cree/Cherokee soprano, and the intertribal festival are particularly noteworthy; the remarkable legacy of the Bowl’s most popular and enduring singing star, Ella Fitzgerald, which holds the rare distinction of having sold the hall for five decades, from the 1950s to the 1990s; a behind-the-scenes look at film music at the Bowl and the first live performance of John Williams‘ film music to Star Wars; and significant moments in Los Angeles history, such as anti-nuclear “Survival Sunday,” the first political movement to make the Bowl an annual tradition in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the AIDS Benefit and Starry Night for Rights.
In addition to the book, the Hollywood Bowl 100: The First 100 Years of Music vinyl set will be available, containing seven LPs consisting of more than 50 recordings of live performances from 1928 to 2021. The collection contains selections from the genres classical, pop, rock, film, jazz, Broadway and American Songbook, with some of the performances being published for the first time. Featured artists include Billie Holliday (1955), Donna Summer (2008), The Doors (1968), Victor Young and Fred Astaire (1937), the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (1999) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustave Dudamel (2016).
The book and coffee table-style box set will be available for purchase beginning opening night, June 3, at laphil.com and LA Phil and Bowl stores. The set will be available for pre-order on May 15 via LAPhilStore.com. The full list of artists and tracks, along with a selection of audio samples, will be available at HollywoodBowl.com/Vinyl on Sunday, May 15.
PODCAST SERIES AND MULTIMEDIA WEBSITE
The First 100 Years will also include a 10-episode podcast series. Each episode tells a story from 1922 to present about the Hollywood Bowl in relation to a specific location on the Hollywood Bowl’s 88-acre campus: from Highland Avenue to the back seats. Written and hosted by Derek Traub, the podcast shares untold and long-forgotten stories culled from dozens of oral history interviews and thousands of documents from the Bowl’s archives and historical collections across Southern California.
Each short episode (approximately 7-10 minutes) is available for free via podcast platforms or online at HollywoodBowl.com/first100years starting June 3. Historic photos from the LA Phil Archive will accompany each episode online. Listen in person at the Bowl to enjoy the series as an audio-guided walking tour.
About LA Phil
Under the direction of the musical and artistic director Gustave Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offering, which also includes a multi-genre, multi-disciplinary presentation program and youth development programs such as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages-waltz disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford, as well as various media platforms. In all of its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.
About the Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since its official opening in 1922 and hosts top performers of all musical genres, offering something for everyone. This remains one of LA’s best deals; to date, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In June 2021, the Hollywood Bowl received the Amphitheater of the Decade award at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards. It also received Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year at the 31st Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 14 times, as well as Best Amphitheater at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For Millions of Southern California music lovers, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. HollywoodBowl.com