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LONG-AWAITED BERT BERNS BIOGRAPHY TO BE PUBLISHED APRIL 2014 BY COUNTERPOINT PRESS

“Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues” is both a definitive account of the New York rhythm and blues world of the early ‘60s, and the harrowing, ultimately tragic story of songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, whose meteoric career was fueled by his pending doom.

His heart damaged by rheumatic fever as a youth, doctors told Berns he would not live to see twenty-one. Although his name is little remembered today, Berns worked alongside all the greats of the era – Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, anyone who was anyone in New York rhythm and blues. In seven quick years, he went from nobody to the top of the pops – producer of monumental r&b classics, songwriter of “Twist and Shout,” “My Girl Sloopy” and others.

His fury to succeed led Berns to use his Mafia associations to muscle Atlantic Records out of a partnership and intimidate new talents like Neil Diamond and Van Morrison he signed to his record label, only to drop dead of a long expected fatal heart attack, just when he was seeing his grandest plans and life’s ambitions frustrated and foiled.

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Tattoos are no longer just the heraldry of sailors, prisoners, prostitutes or Japanese gangsters. They are almost as common as cell phones these days.

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Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts. Sammy-Joel-videoFrom his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between—the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation—Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories. Red is a life-changing look at one of music’s biggest talents—an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock’s next number one star.
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New book tells full story or rock's most notorious fest
No event signified the end of the 1960s more than Altamont, the free California festival where four people died on December 6th, 1969. The most notorious death was that of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter, who was knifed by the Hells Angels security force as the Rolling Stones played.
• Houston Press: Inside Altamont: New Book Looks Back At Rock's "Darkest Day"
Headlined by the Rolling Stones, the free concert at Alatmont Speedway on December 6, 1969 was – according to Rock History Lore – the yang to the yin of Woodstock earlier in the year.
KQED Radio: Joel Selvin on 'Rock's Darkest Day'
The Altamont Free Concert, held 50 miles outside of San Francisco in 1969, featured the Rolling Stones, Santana and Jefferson Airplane and was billed as a “West Coast Woodstock.” But when the event turned violent and resulted in the death of four people, it “bookmarked the end of the 1960s,” according to rock critic Joel Selvin.
Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: No water, no food, no toilets and security provide by violent, drugged up Hells Angels. But it was Mick Jagger’s GREED that was to blame for Rock's darkest day
'Something in the band's character created Altamont - arrogance, greed, ignorance and naivete,' writes Joel Selvin in his riveting new book about the fateful night
Best Classic Bands: Altamont Author Joel Selvin Recalls Rock’s Darkest Day
December 6, 1969, marked one of classic rock’s bleakest days. Coming less than four months after the mostly idyllic Woodstock, the free concert known as Altamont was an unmitigated disaster. Planned on short notice by a collective including members and representatives of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, it was to feature those two bands (the Dead never even played), ...
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Journalist Joel Selvin’s account of 1969’s Altamont concert tells of tale of ineptitude, greed and violence
One day in early December 1969, a KGO radio traffic helicopter cruised past the East Bay city of Livermore, on its way to the hilly, barren, treeless landscape known as the Altamont Pass. That copter flight set in motion a series of events that would forever make the word “Altamont” into shorthand for the ugly, violent underbelly of the 1960s hippie movement.
San Francisco Chronicle: Prelude to Altamont disaster: Stones’ visions of California
Much of what the public knows about the Altamont Speedway Free Festival of 1969 comes from the 1970 film “Gimme Shelter,” which documents a disastrous — and deadly — concert. . ...
SFGate: Taking another look at the bloodshed of Altamont
Four months after Woodstock celebrated the free-spirited nature of the 1960s, Altamont brought the decade to a crashing close. The free festival, which took place at a speedway 50 miles east of San Francisco on Dec. 6, 1969, lives in notoriety as one of rock music’s great debacles — the site where 18-year-old Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the Rolling Stones played “Under My Thumb.”
USA Today: 'Altamont' remembers rock’s darkest day
Baby boomers know their rock mythology, and when it comes to assigning an expiration date to the hippie heights of the 1960s, many of them will point to Dec. 6, 1969 as a day of infamy — if not quite the day the music died.
SFGate: 'Altamont,' by Joel Selvin
Coinciding with the arrest of Charles Manson, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival is often presented as the symbolic end of the 1960s counterculture. The mayhem at the notorious rock concert, some of which was captured on film, seemed to reveal the hippie movement’s sinister nature. From there, it was a long descent into serial murders, revolutionary violence and disco..
 

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New York Times: Many-Hit Wonder, Out of Obscurity Bert Berns, Songwriter and Producer, Remembered
Even in his mid-1960s heyday, Bert Berns was barely known beyond the obsessives who studied songwriters’ and producers’ credits on 45 r.p.m. records and LP album jackets. And then, after his death in 1967 at the age of 38, something truly odd happened: Though the songs he wrote and produced, like “Twist and Shout” and “Hang On Sloopy,” proved to have durability, growing in stature and popularity as the years passed, Berns’s own reputation receded even further into obscurity..
"Ok, just finished the book on Bert Berns "Here Comes The Night" and it was great. Anyone who loves early Rock and Soul will love it."
Los Angeles Review of Books: Stephen Deusner on Here Comes the Night : The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues
IN HIS NEW BOOK, Joel Selvin describes three different recordings of the song “Twist and Shout.” Two were not simply big hits, but seminal contributions to the rock ’n’ roll canon. ...
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Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74
Friday, January 29, 2016
One night in San Francisco changed everything in B.B. King’s life — in amazing and unpredictable ways.

Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, a giant of the San Francisco rock scene, died Thursday afternoon after suffering a massive heart attack in his sleep two days earlier. He was 74 and surrounded by his three children at the time of his death....sfgate

Dead offers paint-by-numbers show, but fans provides color
Sunday, June 28, 2015

No rock band in the world boasts an audience as devoted and engaged as the Grateful Dead, and it was the Deadheads who brought the party Saturday to Levi’s Stadium for the first show on the five-concert “Fare Thee Well” tour featuring the four living members of the Dead back together for one last roundup.....sfgate

A night at the Fillmore changed B.B. King’s career forever
Saturday, May 16, 2015
One night in San Francisco changed everything in B.B. King’s life — in amazing and unpredictable ways.

B.B. King, the greatest bluesman of his generation, who died Thursday at 89 in Las Vegas, had played the Fillmore Auditorium many times before that night in February 1967. It had been operated by Charles Sullivan, a ghetto entrepreneur who ran jukeboxes and cigarette machines up and down the coast, as well as producing rhythm and blues concerts at the 1,100-seat upstairs dance hall in the middle of a black neighborhood that had thrived prior to urban redevelopment, a well-known stop on the so-called chitlin circuit....sfgate

Music: Ron Nagle’s ’70 album, popular flop and cult hit, returns
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ron Nagle, a longtime curmudgeon of the San Francisco art and music scene, was swimming upstream in 1970 with the release of an album of dark, melancholy pop songs at the height of the San Francisco hippie psychedelic era. “Bad Rice,” his lone solo album, is a long-lost cult classic about to be issued on CD for the first time in a two-disc deluxe set....sfgate

On tour with Janis Joplin — an insider’s view
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
John Byrne Cooke strides across Washington Square, a place familiar to him because he lived around the corner of 45 years ago when he was road manager for Big Brother and the Holding Company.

“The guys in Big Brother all wanted to know why I didn’t live in the Haight,” he says, “and I told them 'I’m a beatnik, not a hippie.’” ...sfgate

Emmylou Harris touring for reissue of cult classic 'Wrecking Ball'
Friday, March 28, 2014
The country music career of Emmylou Harris was already finished when she set foot in the studio in winter 1995 to make "Wrecking Ball" with producer Daniel Lanois. Country radio had stopped playing her records, and her label had no idea what to do....sfgate

Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson review: perfect harmony
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck have lived their lives in parallel musical universes, but in the wide, wonderful world of rock 'n' roll, parallel lines do meet. At the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Tuesday, in an unforgettable tableau, the exquisite British blues-rock guitarist drew out Wilson's sunny melodies in silvery, wavering guitar lines as the combined forces of his band and the Beach Boys founder's backing group stitched together the complex harmonies and orchestrations from Wilson's lost masterpiece, "Smile." ...sfgate

Rascals' show revisits era of good lovin', playin'
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
How did Little Steven find the time?

He tours the world playing guitar with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He maintains a thriving acting career launched by a long-running part in "The Sopranos." He hosts a syndicated weekly radio show and runs his own record label, among other enterprises....sfgate

Fillmore's Poster Room filled with walls of sound
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
They ran out of space on the walls of the Poster Room at the Fillmore Auditorium years ago. The most recent addition advertises a Black Keys concert from 2007. Every available inch of the wall space in the upstairs bar and restaurant as well as the adjacent balcony room is covered with framed posters from sold-out Fillmore shows of the past ...sfgate

Giving credit to Woodstock hero Alvin Lee
Friday, March 8, 2013
His frantic, flashy guitar playing on the nearly 10-minute "I'm Going Home" made British rock musician Alvin Lee, who died this week at age 68 in southern Spain, one of the heroes of Woodstock, both the music festival and the subsequent movie....sfgate

Singer Rick Stevens embraces 2nd chance
Monday, January 28, 2013
Wearing a glacial-white suit and tie, set off by a blood-orange shirt, the compact, dark-haired vocalist Rick Stevens leaned into "You're Still a Young Man," his signature song as lead vocalist of Tower of Power, when the band burst out of the East Bay funk scene 40 years ago and Stevens had a promising future. ...sfgate

Review: Johnny Cash Columbia boxed set
Monday, December 3, 2012
Johnny Cash had to disappear from the skyline before it became obvious how tall a tree he truly was.

If any doubts remain, the newly released 63-disc boxed set, "Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection" - takes the full measure of the man's recorded legacy. With the addition of a single disc covering his first three years of recording for the Sun Records label - and Cash's absent latter-era sessions with producer Rick Rubin notwithstanding - this unwieldy set is an American treasury along the lines of....sfgate

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