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Dead Man’s Curve: The Rock ’n’ Roll Life of Jan Berry
By Mark A. Moore

Jan Berry, leader of the successful music duo Jan & Dean from the late 1950s to mid-1960s, was an intense character who experienced more in his first 25 years than many do in a lifetime.

As an architect of the West Coast Sound, he was one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s original rebels—brilliant, charismatic, reckless, and flawed. He bucked authority and made his own rules. As a songwriter, music arranger, and record producer for Nevins-Kirshner Associates and Screen Gems-Columbia Music, Jan was one of the pioneering self-produced artists of his era in Hollywood. In addition to co-writing Jan & Dean’s most famous hits, he also penned hit songs for other artists.

He lived a dual life unprecedented in the annals of popular music, reaching the top of the charts with Jan & Dean while transitioning from college student at UCLA to medical student at the California College of Medicine.

Fast cars were an extension of his personality, but an automobile accident ended his seemingly charmed existence on April 12, 1966.

Suffering from brain damage and partial paralysis, Jan spent the rest of his life trying to come back from Dead Man’s Curve. His story is told here in-depth for the first time—from the birth of Rock to the bitter end.

7″ x 10″ paperback; 195 photos, illustrations, and maps; 4 Appendices; Bibliography; Index; $49.95 (print).
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7210-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4333-5

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Herb Alpert Documentary
« on: October 01, 2020, 09:55:46 PM »
Jan & Dean fans . . . Don’t miss the new film titled “Herb Alpert Is,” an incredible documentary on one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century. In partnership with Lou Adler, Herb Alpert produced Jan & Dean’s first records between 1959 and 1961. While a lot of the parts on the early Jan & Dean records were done by Jan, Herb Alpert oversaw the arrangements in those early days, and he was one of Jan’s early influences. The film includes a brief Jan & Dean segment, with footage of “Baby Talk,” but I encourage you to watch the whole thing. The hits with the Tijuana Brass, A&M Records, the man himself. It’s a tremendous presentation of Alpert as a producer, singer, virtuoso trumpet player, record company owner, painter, and sculptor. He is still writing, performing, and recording in his mid-eighties. What a life.

Herb Alpert Is

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / The board is back online
« on: February 04, 2020, 07:57:48 PM »
The entire site is now secure with an SSL certificate.

« on: March 11, 2019, 05:03:15 PM »
HAL BLAINE — Legendary drummer and Wrecking Crew member Hal Blaine has passed away at age 90. He was one of the most popular, and most recorded, drummers of all time. What a legacy, and what a life. This one hits close to home. Hal—along with the great Earl Palmer—played on most of Jan Berry’s sessions for Jan & Dean in the ‘60s. He also served as contractor for Jan’s sessions, and had a role—both speaking and playing—in Jan & Dean’s 1966 television pilot “On the Run.” Hal and Jan were close personal friends who socialized together outside of the studio. Hal was 12 years his senior and very much like an older brother to Jan. Hal was devastated by Jan’s 1966 life-changing automobile accident. He spent a lot of time at Jan’s bedside, and played on all of Jan’s post-accident recordings, beginning with the first “Carnival of Sound” related sessions in 1967. I am grateful that I got a chance to interview Hal. He was always gracious and loved to talk about his time with Jan, and Jan’s influence on his career. Hal called me after receiving a copy of my book The Jan & Dean Record, and I was truly thankful for his enthusiastic support of the project. Thanks for the music, Hal. Rest easy, my friend. You had a long and productive life, and we are all the richer for it. “Here we go . . . Top, fellas!” – Mark A. Moore, Author of The Jan & Dean Record

England’s “Shindig!” magazine features a good informative article by Scott Paton about JAN & DEAN’s transitional period following Jan Berry’s life-changing 1966 car accident, covering the duo’s separate album projects “SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY” (Dean) and “CARNIVAL OF SOUND” (Jan), 1966-1968 — (Issue #62, 2017). Scott knew Jan in the late 1970s and worked for Casey Kasem’s "American Top Forty." Scott contributed to, and is quoted in, “THE JAN & DEAN RECORD,” by Mark A. Moore. Check out Scott’s article, and peruse “Shindig!” further to read Pat Curran’s interview with Moore (2010).

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Website Upgrade
« on: August 11, 2018, 01:15:46 AM »
The entire site has been upgraded on the back end, on the server end.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Board Upgrade
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:56:54 AM »
The board has been upgraded to the latest version, with the addition of a new modification to make the board mobile friendly.

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JAN BERRY'S SECOND WAVE: A Conversation with Associate Producer Rob Kuropatwa

By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record

Behind-the-scenes commentary on Jan's 1997 solo album.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Dean Torrence Interview
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:39:17 PM »

Lights, Camera, Los Angeles: Film Locations from Deadman’s Curve, 1978
By Mark A. Moore, Author of The Jan & Dean Record


"The Wrecking Crew: Take 2" — Triple-CD Compilation

Filmmaker Denny Tedesco is conducting a pledge drive for "The Wrecking Crew: Take 2," a Triple-CD compilation. For a $50 pledge, you can get a combo pack featuring a DVD, "The Jan & Dean Record" book, plus AccessPass. Learn more about the project here:

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Rock's Backpages — Interview
« on: December 26, 2017, 11:02:38 PM »

Author Mark A. Moore's recent interview with music journalist Gary Pig Gold has been added to Rock's Backpages.

Jan & Dean: A Walk on the Wet Side: Gary Pig Gold In Conversation With Mark A. Moore
Vulcher Magazine (January 2017) — 6,382 words

Rock's Backpages is the largest online database of pop music writing in the world. This prestigious resource features a searchable collection of more than 34,000 primary-source, full-text music writings from the biggest names in music journalism, from the 1950s up to the present day. Sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, the library includes reviews, interviews, features, and more.

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