Vintage Cover of the Week – April, 1965


We here at Los Angeles magazine recently celebrated our 50th anniversary in a big way. We’re very proud of our wonderful publication and as much as we are always looking forward to the next issue, sometimes we want to shine the spotlight on our illustrious past. Our predecessors here created some damn cool stuff, and with six hundred bound issues at my fingertips, this is a good time to dig out my favorites and share them with you. And just like that, your new favorite feature is born: Vintage Cover of the Week. 

April, 1965

I visited LACMA last week for a peek at Christian Marclay’s 24-hour film Clock (which was amazing, by the way) so this cover pays tribute to our beloved art Mecca on Wilshire Boulevard. Even if later construction has encrusted it and removal of its original setting amidst pools and fountains has dulled the original wonder, the ruins of our New Formalist temple still dominate Museum Row. The April issue has a recap of the crusade against “Sidewalk surfing” and declares that skateboards are not a crime. Miles Davis was playing at a jazz club on Cahuenga and Ricardo Montalban and Florence Henderson were starring in The King and I at the Music Center.  There’s a great feature on the “Non-Dullards” chronicling the exploits of Dennis Hopper and the Whisky a Go Go set. Ooh, this story about restaurateur Paul Verlengia looks pretty exciting. It name checks Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louella Parsons AND explains the origins of L.A. Fettucine Alfredo! Yum!