Reader Mail: Hotel California EXISTS!
This song and its strange imagery have inspired a lot of speculation from people for the past 30 years (including the sane and insane). One popular urban myth says that it was inspired by the Camarillo State Mental Hospital (north of Los Angeles) which looks similar to the hotel used on the album cover (Beverly Hills Hotel). A cynic may think it inspired the "roach motel" tagline about roaches checking in but not checking out. Further speculation has it that to do Satanism. As for the real meaning it was supposedly a "allegory about hedonism and greed in Southern California in the 1970s." You can read more about the "myths" and the supposed real meaning at the full story link.- Click here for the Full Story
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