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I absolutely love that cover! Prepaid for mine  :)
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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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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dead Manís Curve The Rock íní Roll Life of Jan Berry
« Last post by Admin on October 22, 2020, 02:47:45 PM »
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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Canít wait to get this book. Nice looking cover. Love the picture of the 1963 Sebring Silver Corvette Sting Ray coupe, identical to what Jan drove. Now if we can only wish for a movie to come out based on this book!
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dead Manís Curve The Rock íní Roll Life of Jan Berry
« Last post by NateRuvin on October 20, 2020, 05:56:11 AM »
Very exciting!
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Dead Manís Curve The Rock íní Roll Life of Jan Berry
« Last post by surferbee on October 20, 2020, 02:17:53 AM »
I see that the publisher  McFarland have a cover picture and are taking pre-orders. Can't wait.
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Herb Alpert Documentary
« Last post by Admin 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 / Re: Herb Alpert Documentary
« Last post by surferbee on October 02, 2020, 05:12:47 AM »
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?
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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Herb Alpert Documentary
« Last post by Admin 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: Dean touring
« Last post by NateRuvin on September 06, 2020, 05:24:10 AM »
According to the Surf City Allstars website, there had originally been plans for him to play at a private event in TN. Of course, this was planned before Covid, so we'll see weather it still happens or not.

I don't think he's stopped altogether, but is probably slowing down a bit. I saw him in August of 2018, and he put on an incredible show.
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