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A look at the LA music scene of the 60s through the lens of its greatest songs.
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This will be a book looking at the LA music scenes of the 1960s, and the interaction of all the main players -- the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, the Monkees, the Wrecking Crew, the Byrds, Captain Beefheart, the Turtles, Phil Spector, Love, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Kim Fowley, Harry Nilsson and more -- by looking at the songs they produced, starting with the proto-surf track Moon Dawg in 1960 and ending up with Willin’ by Little Feat in 1970, and tracing the various influences and crossovers between different bands and artists.

It will involve me writing about some songs I’ve already written about in my Beach Boys and Monkees books, but rather than putting, say, Don’t Worry Baby in the context of the Beach Boys’ artistic evolution, it would be looking at it as a link between Be My Baby and Mr Tambourine Man.

My initial rough list of songs to write about is:

Moon Dawg
California Dreaming
Electricity
Good Vibrations
Moon Dawg
This Could Be The Night
You Set The Scene
Mr Tambourine Man
Don’t Worry Baby
Surf City
Surfin’ Safari
Memories Of El Monte
Laurel And Hardy
Happy Together
Daddy’s Song
Tijuana Surf
Hey Little Cobra
Frownland
Everybody’s Talkin’
Vine St
Some Velvet Morning
Heroes And Villains
Hungry Freaks Daddy
Last Train To Clarksville
Someday Man
Be My Baby
King Kong
Sharleena
My World Fell Down
Sit Down I Think I Love You
Eight Miles High
Guess I’m Dumb
Macarthur Park
Along Comes Mary
On The Road Again
Willin’
The Old Laughing Lady
Broken Arrow
For What It’s Worth
Suite Judy Blue Eyes
Ladies Of The Canyon
River Deep Mountain High
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
Another Time
Little Honda
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
It Ain’t Me Babe
Hot Burrito 1
Take A Giant Step (Rising Sons)
Light My Fire
Creeque Alley

But I'll be adding many more songs to the list. Rough drafts of each chapter will be posted on my blog as they're written, and then the whole thing published through lulu.com , Amazon KDP and smashwords.com .

Risks and challenges

The only possible obstacle I can see is if I have a serious health problem that prevents me from writing. I have written many other books on much shorter timescales, and have no need to rely on collaborators.

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