Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, and the largest in California. Once home to the Chumash and Tongva Indians, it was claimed for Spain in 1542 by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, became a city in 1781, part of Mexico in 1821, and part of the U.S. in 1848. The greater Los Angeles area contains over 18 million people. Los Angeles is a global city with a diverse economy in entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research. It leads the world in the creation of television and motion picture productions, video games, and recorded music.
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Major music recording businesses in L.A. include: Capitol Records, A&M Records, Warner Brothers, and Rhino Records. In the 1930s and ‘40s, Central Avenue was home to a vibrant African-American musical community and the Lincoln Theatre, which opened in 1926, was an important performing venue. Jazz greats Charles Mingus, Buddy Collette, Gerald Wilson called the city, home. Today The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is a yearly free music festival held the last weekend of July along a stretch of Central Avenue, featuring jazz, blues, and Latin jazz performed by well-known and upcoming artists from the area.
In the early 1960s, L.A. gave birth to the surf rock sound, best personified by groups such as the Beach Boys, and Jan and Dean. In the late ‘60s, Hollywood’s Sunset Strip area produced bands like The Byrds, The Doors, and Buffalo Springfield. Singer/songwriters Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne all began their careers in Los Angeles around the same time. The L.A. area was home to soft rockers Linda Ronstadt, and The Eagles in the 1970s, hard rockers Van Halen, and Guns N’ Roses, the glam metal band, Mötley Crüe, and thrash metal acts like Megadeth and Metallica. L.A.’s late 1970s punk scene received less press attention than its counterparts in New York or London, but it included cult bands The Screamers, The Germs, The Weirdos, The Dils, Bags, 45 Grave, and X.
The Paisley Underground was an early genre of alternative rock, based primarily in Los Angeles, which was at its most popular in the mid-1980s. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Linkin Park, and Rage Against the Machine appeared in the 1990s. The communities of Long Beach, Watts, and Compton produced gangsta rap and the solo careers of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, 2Pac, and Snoop Dogg. The 2000s saw a further flourishing of the Los Angeles rock scene with acclaimed acts such as Maroon 5 and a resurgence in West Coast hip hop in the form of rappers such as The Game. The Black Eyed Peas gained even greater popularity during this decade, and Disney stars such as Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, and Miley Cyrus also anchored their singing careers in the Los Angeles area.
One of L.A.’s major musical venues is the Music Center of Los Angeles County in the heart of downtown. Two of the Center’s performing venues are the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of the Los Angeles Opera. Other large musical venues in Los Angeles include: Club Nokia, the Dolby Theatre, the Microsoft Theatre, the Staples Center, the Forum, the StubHub Center, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Orpheum Theatre, the Rose Bowl, The Roxy, the Hollywood Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, the Fox Theater, Royce Hall, and the El Rey Theatre.
Music festivals in L.A. include: the Vans Warped Tour, the largest traveling music festival in the nation, showcasing a diverse range of alternative music that blends indie pop, punk rock, and hip hop with dubstep, electronic and hardcore; the FYF Fest, a major community event featuring two days of indie rock, electronic, and alternative music; the HARD Summer Music Festival, bringing together techno, house, electronic, and alternative dance music; the FIGat7th Downtown Festival; and Festival Hermosa, in the nearby city of Hermosa Beach.
Bison Disc and music festivals are a great match. We duplicate and replicate the music CDs that many bands distribute at large and small festivals, alike. We also package those CDs in a wide selection of customized Jewel cases, Sleeves, Jackets, Wallets, and Digipaks. In this way, our company helps musicians reach a wider audience, supporting their careers, as well as the entire community of musical artists.
Los Angeles is home to Hollywood, globally recognized as the epicenter of the motion picture industry. The major studios, whose operations were based in or around Hollywood, were all active during Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and ‘40s: 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, Universal, Walt Disney Studios, MGM, United Artists, and RKO. Not all of the original movie studios exist today in the same form, and movie making is now a global enterprise. But L.A. still is considered home of the American film industry, as well as the center of the country’s television production.
An uncountable number of films were made in L.A. over the last hundred years, and listing them all would take an impossible number of pages. But here is a sampling of some well-known films that not only were made in Los Angeles, but feature the city prominently in background scenes and location shots. In no particular order, they are: Sunset Boulevard (1950), Pretty Woman (1990), Beverly Hills Cop I, II and III, Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998), Double Indemnity (1944), Clueless (1995), Heat (1995), Shampoo (1975), The Graduate (1967), Chinatown (1974), LA Story (1991), LA Confidential (1997), Boyz N The Hood (1991), Crocodile Dundee (2001), Gidget (1959), The Day of the Locust (1975), Training Day (2001), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Die Hard (1988), Less than Zero (1987), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Speed (1994), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Repo Man (1984), The Player (1992), Blade Runner (1982), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Mulholland Drive (2001), and The Long Goodbye (1973).
Naturally, the city is also is home to several prominent film festivals. The Los Angeles Film Fest is an annual event held each June in downtown L.A. It showcases independent, international, feature, documentary, and short films, as well as music videos. Since 2001 it has been run by the organization Film Independent, which also has been arranging the annual Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica since 1985. Each year, the festival attracts more than 100,000 patrons.
The Sunset Film Festival is a must-attend event for discovering raw talent and learning about films one may never otherwise hear of if not for its mission of providing exposure to filmmakers and screenwriters alike. Every year, the American Film Institute celebrates the work of filmmakers across the globe with nightly red-carpet events, special screenings, and film discussions at the AFI Fest.
Film festivals, especially the ones that showcase lesser known artists, help undiscovered talents reach a wider audience than the studio system allows. Bison Disc is an important ally to these filmmakers because we duplicate and replicate their movies on DVD and Blu-ray disc. We also help them present their films in the best packaging available – our wide selection of Jewel cases, Wallets, Sleeves, Jackets, Digipaks, and box and collector sets.
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