LARRY J. DUNLAP DELIVERS A FAST-MOVING, romance-filled memoir of a young singer and his friends search for success in the 1960s music business of California and Las Vegas - 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."
In 1965, when Larry's scattered-to-the-winds, Indianapolis rock and roll vocal group is improbably reunited in distant San Francisco, they barely survive their clumsy transformation into entertainers in a rock and roll nightclub band. As their fortunes change, Larry and his band are plunged headfirst into an adventure that lures them into mob-run nightclubs, Las Vegas showrooms and backrooms, famous Hollywood night spots and recording studios, celebrity managers, and passionate romance--and the sacrifices it demands.
It's the West Coast in the mid-Sixties: a historic era of tectonic cultural, political, musical, and sexual upheaval--and the draft. The band scrambles to overcome, or at least endure, every obstacle in its path. But in the tumultuous nights the band inhabits, where things and people are too easily found and lost, everything Larry thought he knew about life, love, and himself is being challenged.
PRAISE FOR NIGHT PEOPLE
"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 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 memoirist, FIVE MEN WHO BROKE MY HEART, GOOD AS YOUR WORD, OVEREXPOSED
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
One of the best biographies written by a musician!
A Riveting, Mythic, Rock and Roll Memoir
Wonderful! Excellent Read!
A Great Read
A Window Into a Fascinating Era
Rock and Roll, baby!
The Naked Truth
Captivating and Emotive
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the true story of a man’s journey with his band Stark Naked And The Car Thieves . This band with the man Larry fought to get success in the sixties . The band did achieve some success but not liked Larry had dreamed of . Larry seemed to turn his words into a variety of feelings . I did really enjoy this book and hope the second part of Larry’s story is as interesting . I recommend .
Larry Dunlap has opened my eyes to the inner-workings of a musician. I have always been interested in the history, politics, social, and music scene of the 1960s. It is an era that I would time-travel to, if only I could. And I don’t mean for that to sound silly! Stark Naked And The Car Thieves is band name not easily forgotten. I embarked on a journey of a lifetime with Larry and his fellow buddies. From Indiana to California, the music is what kept Larry going. It felt as if most things were possible, but not always guaranteed. After reading about a gig at “The Town Club” or rocking out in Las Vegas, I would picture myself there as well. Larry and his band seemed to be like a deer in headlights at almost every corner. It was a breath of fresh air to read about their mischief and hilarious adventures. Which is probably why being a “significant other” wasn’t exactly the easiest road to take. I felt sad though about the Vietnam draft experience. And I was elated when Larry’s father was finally able to see his son perform on stage. Some might say that there was an innocence back then. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. All I can write is that I wish I had been on Larry’s ride of a lifetime! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Night People is Larry Dunlap’s memoir chronicling his time and experiences of building a rock band during the 1960’s. Larry’s story begins as a 24 year old living in Indianapolis, where life as he knows it is falling apart. His small band had had some success locally, but is sputtering out as his bandmates and friends are leaving to try to make it out in California. Larry is also losing his relationship with his wife and two sons, and is back living with his parents. His friends call from California, wanting him to come out and sing with them. With life as he knew it in shambles, he takes the chance, though he really isn’t committed. He naively joins his friends, starting off a crazy story of navigating the highs and lows of building a band, being on the road, and chasing fame. Dunlap writes incredibly well, and does a great job of building up the world and culture of the time. He balances out the larger view of the times with the personal experiences with his friends and women he becomes involved with, and his own path of owning his own behavior and understanding his path. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.