Larry J Dunlap
Thanks for visiting. For the last few years I’ve been working on a memoir 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, Things We Lost in the Night: A memoir of love and music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves, Book 1: Night People, has a planned release date in June of 2015 (though ARC books are available now, see below). TWLitN Book 2: Enchanted is set to follow in the latter half of this year or early 2016. Note the new book covers on the page below.
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 book as we were recording them, and information in the Larry J Dunlap Blog posts on a regular basis.
THE LATEST NEWS FOR READERS: Advance Reader Copies are available NOW! If you would like to write a review for the launch of Things We Lost in the Night, Book 1, the eBook ARC is available for download HERE. You’ll also see the link to the download page in the sidebar. If you would like to receive a print ARC for review, please contact Claremont Village Press.
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Decided on a new cover for Night People. I’ve been designing working covers for myself since 2011 because I’m a visual person. If I see the cover, I can visualize the what needs to be done to have a book–all I have to do is fill up the space between the covers. As I continued evolving the covers, trying to reach the concept I thought I wanted, I realized it wasn’t going to work. I talked to Damon at DAMONZA.COM, and he convinced me it was his job to do covers, mine to write. I’ve seen the first drafts! He’s RIGHT. Now that the manuscript is nearly finished and the cover near completion Advance Reading Copies will soon be available. Can hardly wait to see them myself! And, we’ve got a new cover for Enchanted, catch the duo on the main page!
The Lemon Tree
I’ve done a lot more research for the very important Hawaiian chapters that are part of Book 2: Enchanted. 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. Big thanks to Mark Lau for helping me edit the Hawaiian English Pidgin in book 2: Enchanted – Aloha. 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!
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 …