Review: High Notes – A Rock Memoir by Richard Loren

Title: High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead

Author: Richard Loren

Pages: 270 Pages

Publisher: Smith Publicity/East Pond Publishing

The Blurb

Loren recalls his journey through the turbulent eras of rock‘s ascendancy in his new book, High Notes: A Rock MemoirWorking with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead. With never-before-told stories, Loren offers a humorous and heartfelt account that illuminates music history and provides telling insights into some of the most notable entertainment personalities of the late twentieth century. Eminently readable and authentic, readers will find Loren’s inside look fascinating and satisfying.

Richard Loren’s story starts with Liberace—the most dazzlingly bedazzled fairy godmother a 23-year-old Italian-American kid from New Jersey could ever ask for—he was given a job booking up-and-coming acts like The Doors and Jefferson Airplane for the Agency for Performing Arts in New York City. So while America was protesting the war, taking part in the Acid Tests, and reacting and adjusting to unprecedented cultural changes, Loren found himself bailing Jim Morrison out of jail, muling dope across international borders for Spencer Dryden, and sipping mimosas with Ted Kennedy. When the heart of American rock moved west, he headed to the Bay Area, befriended Jerry Garcia, and became the manager of the Grateful Dead, masterminding their concert at the foot of the Sphinx in Giza in 1978 and their unprecedented Radio City Music Hall performance in 1980.

These are only a few of Loren’s often surreal, rite-of-passage experiences in the music business, which he colourfully reveals through his new book.

Topics Loren covers include:

How Liberace jump-started his long and successful career in the music business An inside look at working with some of the latter half of the 20th century’s music icons – Jim Morrison and The Doors, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane…and more! Amazing Stories: Bailing The Doors’ Jim Morrison out of jail, drinking mimosas with the Kennedys and producing mystical concerts with the Grateful Dead What he learned about himself both personally and professionally from his experiences in the music business sand much more!

The Review

I have a weird fascination. I like reading books by people who have worked within the music industry. So far, so normal, I hear you cry. Well, yes, but usually these books are by people that I don’t know and probably have never heard of (sorry Richard Loren). And that is exactly the position I found myself in when I read High Notes – A Rock Memoir.

High Notes is a truly fascinating real life account of one man’s rise and fall in an industry that is so very fickle. What comes out of it are great anecdotal stories of bands and artists, drugs and travel, and the general mayhem that is the music industry.

I really enjoyed High Notes – A Rock Memoir, if you like any of the bands mentioned in the blurb then I implore you to read this book. You will sit on the periphery of a time in history when rock music was arguably at its most powerful.

High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead by Richard Loren is available now.

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