Larry J Dunlap

Larry J Dunlap, author photo

Larry J Dunlap

Thanks for visiting Larry J Dunlap, the webpage. For the last few years I’ve been working on THINGS WE LOST IN THE NIGHT, a book about my experiences in Stark Naked and the Car Thieves, a rock band traveling the west coast in the latter half on the 1960’s. Detailing our adventures, especially mine, has become a journey all on its own. For a number of practical reasons, we’ve decided to publish the book in two volumes. The first book, TWLitN Book 1: Night People, is planned for publishing in January of 2015, while TWLitN Book 2: Enchanted is set to follow in July.

Until then, I’ve put some items here relating to the book and its time and place. I hope you’ll find them interesting. There are a few excerpts from the book, some in audio format, some blurbs, and a chapter on the THE BOOK page, as well as a playlist of various Songs mentioned in the Things We Lost in the Night, Books 1: Night People and Book 2: Enchantedbook as we were recording them, and information in the Larry J Dunlap Blog posts on a regular basis.

THE LATEST NEWS FOR BETA READERS: Advanced Reader Copies should be available by the end of November. If you aren’t a beta reader and wanted to be, just let me know. Big thanks to Mark Lau for helping me edit the Hawaiian English Pidgin in book 2: Enchanted – Aloha.

Please enjoy the site, comment in the blog, and send me any feedback you’d like from the pages here. In fact there’s a comment form below. If you’d like to show your support, the most important thing you can do to help is sign up for my book updates. I only send emails about the book’s progress or interesting background information I think you’d like that didn’t make it into the book. Subscribers will receive a free eBook on the publication date, and other premiums and gifts along the way. It’s very easy, the only thing required is your email address. First and last name would be nice so I can personalize the mail to you, but it’s not necessary.

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Image of RITA, Chapter Four, Larry J Dunlap's book - Things We Lost in the NIght


The second audio excerpt from Things We Lost in the Night, is now available. Keith Medlin, nationally acclaimed voice actor reads 4 minutes from Chapter Three, RITA. In the spring of 1965, I was trying to figure out how to start over. My marriage to my high school sweet heart seemed on its way to a tragic end, the friends I sang with in my vocal group were gone to California. I stayed home in Indianapolis and taken a job at the RCA plant assembling record players. But I received a desperate call from Dave and Mac out in fantasy-land, and I’d met Rita, a pretty redheaded girl at work …

The Lemon Tree

The Beach across from the Lemon Tree in Larry J Dunlap's book, Things We Lost in the Night

Kuhio Beach

I’ve done a lot more research for the very important Hawaiian chapters. Even though I’ve already finished writing them it’s helping me be as accurate as possible and to enrich them with clearer detail. Writing the Hawaiian Pidgin English necessary for some scenes and chapters  has been challenging. One of the best results has been connecting to one of the surviving owners of the Lemon Tree, where we played at the very edge of Waikiki in 1968. Thanks Shirley!

Liberace’s Tailor

Liberace's Tailor Chapter from Larry J Dunlap's book, Things We Lost in the Night

Liberace’s Tailor

The first audio excerpt is from Chapter Sixty-four Liberace’s Tailor, and read by the author, though I’ll stick with the pros from now on. This chapter is named for the fascinating process we went through getting fitted for our new, custom designed clothes for opening the new Skyroom at the Flamingo Hotel  by a Chinese artiste in the art of clothing design. However, the other part of this chapter is about meeting Eddie Nash. I didn’t know who he was at the time so I can’t really explain that in the book. For several decades, Adel Nasrallah [Eddie Nash] was considered the wealthiest and most dangerous drug dealer/gangster operating on the West Coast. – Allan MacDonell: In Too Deep. LA Weekly, 2 October 2003), you can read more here …

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