Larry J Dunlap

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Larry J Dunlap


Book 1 – Things We Lost in the Night, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves

Songs of Love & War, Almost Perfect, Chasing the Muse, Riding With Elvis

Thanks for visiting. For the last few years, I’ve been writing a memoir of my experiences in Stark Naked and the Car Thieves, a traveling rock band on the west coast in the latter half on the 1960’s. Detailing our adventures from my perspective has become a journey all on its own. NIGHT PEOPLE, the first book from Things We Lost in the Night: A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves is available at FOUR DIGITAL BOOKS will conclude the second half of TWLitN beginning with SONGS OF LOVE & WAR in November 2017 followed by ALMOST PERFECT, CHASING THE MUSE, and RIDING WITH ELVIS in close succession. To be notified of Early Release schedule sign up at this link:


Here’s an easy way to preview NIGHT PEOPLE! Click on the COVER BELOW for an easy-to-read seven chapter sample of Night People, or send it right to your Kindle device.

Book Cover for NIGHT PEOPLE, Book 1 - Things We Lost in the Night, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car ThievesA YOUNG SINGER AND HIS FRIENDS experience the transformative power of love and music in California and Las Vegas in the 1960s entertainment business – if you liked memoirs from Carly Simon, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Tommy James, and “The Wrecking Crew,” you’re sure to enjoy Night People.

“Instead of sharing a life with the woman I’d expected to be married to forever, my friends and I shared a dressing room, divided by thin wallboard, with a covey of topless showgirls and dancers.” Read more

SONGS OF LOVE & WAR available for Pre-order.

SONGS OF LOVE & WAR, the first digital book is available for Pre-order on Amazon now, and will ‘soft’ launch on Friday, November 10 with the Official Launch scheduled for November 15.

SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR follows NIGHT PEOPLE as the band arrives in Honolulu to play at the Lemon Tree, an exotic local nightclub on the far edge of Waikiki. Their new record, “LOOK BACK IN LOVE” is about to be released, and when it is, it rockets to the top of Hawaii’s radio charts. The buzz from the East Coast is huge—their song is headed for Billboard Magazine’s Top Ten!

Honolulu in the spring of 1968 is a military town, packed with soldiers on temporary R&R or arriving to fight as the Vietnam War heats up in response to North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive. In this intense atmosphere, Stark Naked and the Car Thieves’ songs wake dramatic emotions in many of the warriors, some fresh from jungle firefights the previous day. 

Larry, feeling the loss of breaking up with Marie, his on and off girlfriend from NIGHT PEOPLE, encounters a breathtakingly beautiful Hawaiian girl, and though the island is the most beautiful place he’s ever seen, finds many deadly dangers hidden beneath its lush beauty.

ENCHANTED Set For Publication April 1918

Instead of releasing ENCHANTED as a single volume, CVP will release the four digital books mentioned above in sequence. These four books represent the four parts of the second volume of the Things We Lost in the Night memoir. Print books take many months of planning before release so that they can go out for editorial review and preparation for book stores. This plan will allow us to get eBooks out much quicker and let us reach more readers before the launch of ENCHANTED. Many readers prefer eBooks for their ease of use and keeping their library close at hand while other prefer print books they can hold. We’ll try to please both pleasures.

In April, the four digital books will be offered at a discounted price in an eBook “Boxed Set,” under the title, ENCHANTED, while the print book, which will also include all four of the stories, is planned for release at the same time.




“Dunlap’s sense of transcendence is similar to the sensation Keith Richards describes in his memoir, ‘Life: ‘ …you leave the planet for a while…’ Reliving his rock and roll years in his wonderful memoir, NIGHT PEOPLE,’ Larry Dunlap, must have left the planet for a while, too.” I loved it and highly recommend it.       — Kiana Davenport, The Spy Lover, Shark Dialogues

“Whether or not you remember the swift intoxicating music of that era or the seismic shift of mores that burst from the free-love movement, [NIGHT PEOPLE] captures the beat of that misty time when the country suffered “a growing thirst for individual freedom, a desire to escape from an ever-darkening shadow of war, and a national hangover following the public murder of a young and popular president.”      — C.D. Quyn, Steph Rodriguez, Manhattan Book Review

“Do you watch Dennis Leary’s new FX show “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” about a crazy old time rock-in-roller? Larry J. Dunlap lived it. His memoir, NIGHT PEOPLE, is a frank, funny, frenzied chronicle of the 60’s music scene.”   Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author, Lighting Up, Only as Good as Your Word and Five Men Who Broke My Heart.

Dunlap relates much of the story through conversations, and his California journey features a number of memorable characters. [Night People] … is an enjoyable hangout book, a chance to spend time with witty characters at that point in their lives when success feels so close, but the path to get there isn’t quite clear.”       –  Jeff Fleischer, Foreword Reviews Magazine, Fall Issue 2015, Memoir ForeSight section

“…Larry J. Dunlap faithfully, endearingly, recreates his rock-and-roll years [in Night People]. He does it in a soaring, roaring prose, reminiscent of Patti Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir, ‘Just Kids.’ ”    — P.J. Colando, Stashes

NIGHT PEOPLE is a well-written memoir that deftly captures a sense of the 1960s and what it meant to be an aspiring musician during a time of seismic cultural change.           D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

best seller categories 05-19-16


One of the best biographies written by a musician!
A Riveting, Mythic, Rock and Roll Memoir
Wonderful! Excellent Read!
Thoroughly Entertaining.
A Great Read
A Window Into a Fascinating Era
Rock and Roll, baby!
A Must Read
A Great Read About An Exciting Life
Music Has Found Me Again
SO Worth Reading!
My Life Seemed Extremely Boring After Finishing “Night People”
Lessons of Life, Love, and Sex in the 60s
Genuine, Exciting, Graphic and Memorable – life in the 60’s
Fantastic Coming of Age Memoir!
Great Look At An Era
Meant to be savored
Rock and roll band life
Brilliantly crafted
Passion for music
Car Thieves take me away!


There are several items on the site relating to the books that you might find them interesting. Here is a newly re-mastered PLAYLIST OF SONGS mentioned in the book as we were recording them, and a few of the early homemade sessions with the vocal group before Stark Naked and the Car Thieves. Read the Larry J Dunlap Blog, which posts periodically. If you want to know more about me, and why it fell to me to write this story you can visit Meet Larry. For more information on our Privacy Policy, please access this link.