The first I'd heard of Hollywood Forever Cemetery before was a few weeks ago when Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Flaming Lips held a sunrise concert here. The idea of having a concert in a cemetery was fascinating. The west (especially) tries so hard to hide death amongst rolling hills and under flat headstones. We don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable. God forbid they actually have a sense of mortality. I think people are so afraid of death and becoming older that they miss out on the fact that it's a natural and beautiful process of life. Some of you might find this morbid, I find it to be realistic. It's probably best to embrace the inevitable right?!
So, back to Hollywood Forever. It's had a bit of an overhaul these past few years. It was in a state of disrepair for so many years and to help the renovation process they've held concerts and movies in the park to raise money. The result is amazing. It's peaceful, friendly and more than slightly quirky. Next time I visit I'd like to spend more time.
And that cool metal building? That's the back of Paramount Studios. Pretty cool huh?