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Here's the promotional video for the book:

https://youtu.be/SkuN7Mt8_fo

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: When itís Over
« on: January 23, 2021, 11:57:30 AM »
No, he arranged the music. I'll re-word that.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: LSU Pregame
« on: December 27, 2020, 05:24:40 PM »
Admit it, Phil . . . You were high when you wrote that.  :)

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Hey Mark. Iíve pre-ordered the book and paid in full. Is there a solid timeline on when shipment will commence?

Thank you for all your hard work. Canít wait to read it!!

Philip

The book will be in McFarland's Spring catalog for 2021.

My guess would be February, but I don't know.

Once the publisher is finished with the layout, I still have to review the proofs and index the book.


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N E W    B I O G R A P H Y

Forthcoming in 2021.
Pre-Order from McFarland & Co.

Dead Manís Curve: The Rock íní 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 Ďní Rollís original rebelsóbrilliant, 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 & Deanís 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 Manís Curve. His story is told here in-depth for the first timeófrom 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


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N E W    B I O G R A P H Y

Forthcoming in 2021.
Pre-Order from McFarland & Co.

Dead Manís Curve: The Rock íní 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 Ďní Rollís original rebelsóbrilliant, 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 & Deanís 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 Manís Curve. His story is told here in-depth for the first timeófrom the birth of Rock to the bitter end.


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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Herb Alpert Documentary
« on: October 19, 2020, 05:33:16 PM »
Really interesting. I will deliberately repeat a point I have made before about the limited videos / photos of the time. Nowadays rock / media stars (including Z listers) photograph everything.
Will your new biography be illustrated Mark?

The biography, titled Dead Man's Curve: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Jan Berry, will include 195 images. Currently in production at publisher McFarland & Co.


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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Herb Alpert Documentary
« on: October 01, 2020, 09:55:46 PM »
Jan & Dean fans . . . Donít miss the new film titled ďHerb Alpert Is,Ē an incredible documentary on one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century. In partnership with Lou Adler, Herb Alpert produced Jan & Deanís 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 Janís early influences. The film includes a brief Jan & Dean segment, with footage of ďBaby Talk,Ē but I encourage you to watch the whole thing. The hits with the Tijuana Brass, A&M Records, the man himself. Itís 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
https://www.herbalpertis.com/


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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: J&Dís skateboard
« on: August 07, 2020, 08:28:21 AM »
I don't know, but my guess would be that Jan or Dean gave him one. According to Dean, the boards never made it beyond the promotional stage. Dean rode one on The TAMI Show. Wayne's board also looks used, with scuff marks on the logo from riding it.

Cool photo . . .



Wayne Fontana with Jan & Dean's Sidewalk Surfer skateboard.

R.I.P. Wayne . . . and thanks for the music.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: With friends post-accident
« on: March 24, 2020, 04:50:55 PM »
I found this picture online. Does anyone have more information about it? Place, occasion, date etc? Thanks in advance!




I'm pretty sure this is 1967. Looks like Davy Jones sitting in the deck chair, looking at Jan.

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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.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: RIP HAL BLAINE ó (1929-2019)
« on: March 11, 2019, 05:06:30 PM »
Hal Blaine Tribute Video Courtesy of Denny Tedesco, Director of the Documentary Film The Wrecking Crew:

https://www.facebook.com/WreckingCrewFilm/videos/2582311905116548/

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / RIP HAL BLAINE ó (1929-2019)
« on: March 11, 2019, 05:03:15 PM »
HAL BLAINE ó 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. Halóalong with the great Earl Palmeróplayed on most of Jan Berryís sessions for Jan & Dean in the Ď60s. He also served as contractor for Janís sessions, and had a roleóboth speaking and playingóin Jan & Deanís 1966 television pilot ďOn the Run.Ē 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 Janís 1966 life-changing automobile accident. He spent a lot of time at Janís bedside, and played on all of Janís post-accident recordings, beginning with the first ďCarnival of SoundĒ 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 Janís 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. ďHere we go . . . Top, fellas!Ē Ė Mark A. Moore, Author of The Jan & Dean Record


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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Clementine
« on: February 05, 2019, 10:18:54 AM »
I'm curious as to why Jan & Dean got writers credit for Clementine. I know they may have changed some lyrics. But the music seems different too. It's the only rocking version of that song that I've heard.
Were they getting credit for changing the music too?

It was an old standard that was in the public domain, so they could legally put their names on it for their version. The vocals pretty much used the classic melody with a rock 'n roll arrangement. The lyrical tweaks were minimal.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Happy christmas
« on: December 21, 2018, 07:00:29 PM »
Thanks guys. Happy Holidays.

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