California Songbook

California Songbook is a road trip through the western United States, packed with visual impressions and the songs on the car radio.

45 photographs look at Californian life. Patriotism, US flag and religious cults, sports and body cults, the contrast between rich and poor, participation and exclusion... presented in simple everyday American situations. The Californian sun and the beauty of the landscape act like a cushioning carpet.


Take me down to the Paradise City, where the grass is green 

and the girls are pretty. Guns N’ Roses 


Life in the fast lane, huh. Life in the fast lane, everything all the 

time . Eagles 


You‘re a light in the dark. Just you wait and you‘ll see  that you‘re 

swimmin‘ with sharksImagine Dragons 

If you believed they put a man on the moon, Man on the moon . If you believe 
there‘s nothing  up his sleeve , then nothing is cool . R.E.M. 

 Stopped into a church I passed along the way. Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees). And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray) .You know the preacher like the cold (preacher like the cold). He knows I‘m gonna stay (knows I‘m gonna stay) . California dreamin‘  (California dreamin‘)  - On such a winter‘s day. The Mamas and Papas