California Slim: The Music, The Magic and The Madness

November 28, 2018|
California Slim: The Music, The Magic and The Madness by Andrew J. Bernstein
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There are literary reminiscences that reek of self-congratulation over the authors'
proximity to famous movers and shakers. Andy Bernstein's California Slim aspires
to far more than that-and achieves it. Andy was there, at the onset of the post-'50s
revolution that, as a beat poet once put it, roared as it ripped the threadbare fabric
of an age. Andy was no distant, casual observer during the tumultuous '60s and
'70s; he was at the heart of the maelstrom, and writes about it with candor, humor,
and originality.

The story begins, for God's sake, with Andy and his then unknown banjo teacher,
a young Jerry Garcia, fingerpicking in a back room at Dana Morgan's Music Studio
in Palo Alto in 1962. A skinny six-foot-seven-inch Jewish kid (later known as "California
Slim"), Andy divided his time between the usual adolescent interests and
music, for which he would go on to provide a capital M by promoting and staging
concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His Palo Alto nightclub, Homer's
Warehouse, across the street from the Stanford University campus, brought revolutionary
musicians (among them, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee) to young
sensibilities hungry for new driving rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics.

The early chapters of this book set the stage for Andy's eventual hooking-up with
Willie Nelson and his Family-which felt, Andy said, "like reading a really good
book that I couldn't put down." That feeling led directly, if gradually, to California
Slim. And you, dear reader, won't be able to put it down, either.

-Tony Compagno...
Andrew J. Bernstein was born in San Francisco and then raised in Palo Alto from the age of three. As a college student, he studied English and Multimedia, but his heart was really in music, social causes, and all the opportunities afforded by the San Francisco Music and Cultural Revolution. They say that if you remember the '60s, you w...
Title:California Slim: The Music, The Magic and The MadnessFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:390 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.8 inShipping dimensions:390 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.8 inPublished:November 28, 2018Publisher:FriesenPressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1525539396

ISBN - 13:9781525539398

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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