San Francisco Books




Living with the Myth of Janis Joplin  *Living with the myth of Janis Joplin. The History
of Big Brother & the Holding Co.1965-2005
Living with the myth of Janis Joplin
The History of Big Brother & the Holding Company
Written by Michael Spörke and english translation by Sam Andrew
“I read from cover to cover your wonderful book.
I couldn't put it down. You did a masterful job. I really became immersed in your book." ...Robert Altmann
(Chief-photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. published (July 7, 2009)>


Now in paperback comes the lavishly illustrated,
bestselling pictorial biography of the legendary lead singer of the GratefulDead.
150 color and b&w illustrations throughout.

 *Blue Sky Dream by David Beers
In addition to chronicling growing up in a family involved in the California aerospace industry of the 1960s, it also explores similarities and differences between the military-industrial command economies of the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War."The Crash of Blue Sky California," the Harper's essay that was the genesis of Blue Sky Dream, received a National Magazine Award for best essay in 1993.

Michael Bloomfield  *Michael Bloomfield: If You Love These Blues
by Jan Mark Wolkin, Bill Keenom [Forward by Carlos Santana],
This is an oral history of a generation. Bloomfield was its chief protagonist.
Michael Bloomfield was the guitar player in the first Paul Butterfield Blues Band."Drawn from over 80 in-depth interviews with family, friends and colleagues, this oral history chronicles the achievements and anomalies of Bloomfield's career. It also offers a look inside some milestones of '60s culture: the white blues movement, with groups like the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bloomfield's first steady gig; the special bond between young white blues players and the older bluesmen; the rift between purist folk singers and the new guard, which exploded when Bob Dylan 'went electric' at the Newport festival (with Bloomfield on lead guitar); and the fueling of the "supergroup" with Bloomfield's magic on Al Kooper's Super Session. This book also reveals Bloomfield's personal and professional decline in the late 1970s, which ended in his tragic and mysterious drug-related death. Along with its CD of unreleased tracks, rare photos and critical discography, you'll come to know the 'huge giant of a person' who played the blues 'as if he came down from a higher plane'.

Country Joe and Me*Country Joe and Me  by Ron Cabral
A long time ago Country Joe and his Navy pal Ron Cabral had an idea to write a book about the story
of their lives which begins in the Navy in 1960. Follow their interactions over three decades --
a roller coaster ride of shared experiences in the military, education and in music.
Told from the perspective of  "ground zero" it offers a unique look at the  emergence of Country Joe and the cultural,   political, and musical revolution that blossomed   in San Francisco and Berkeley during the 60s and  early 70s. Also included are the lyrics to some of Country Joe's most important songs,   memorabilia, rare photos, a discography and  more.
A must read for every Country Joe fan.

Pink Floyd  *Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
'I laughed out loud so many times
my wife thought I had Tourette's.
It's so well written, full of detail,
self-deprecating and funny.
A seminal book - an intelligent, literate rock and roll memoir full  of candour and wit.' Alan Parker>

'There cannot be many stories left in rock that are as big as Pink Floyd's. And I doubt whether anyone could tell this story so well as the patient, witty man who watched it all unfold from his perch behind the drum kit.' Paul du Noyer

Timothy Leary Looking In* Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In: Appreciations, Castigations, and Reminiscences by Ram Dass,
Andrew Weil, Allen Ginsberg, Winona Ryder, William Burroughs, ... Huston Smith, Hunter S. Thompson,
and Others
by Robert Forte (Editor)
* I Have America Surrounded: A Biography of Timothy Leary
by John Higgs


I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family StoneI Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone
is the first biography of Sly and the band based on author interviews with Sly
and others connected with him and the Family Stone.

The book traces the roots in North Texas of the boy born Sylvester Stewart, and follows him
and his siblings from the family's move to Vallejo, California and their first childhood recordings
of gospel music, through their growing up with rock 'n' roll in the 1950's, Sly's high school
doo wop group and romances, and his precocious success as a record producer and radio deejay.

* A Child's History of America: Some Ribs and Riffs for the 60s by Charles Newman - TriQuarterly editor’s journal of his eventful travels in 1968: cops and kids clash in the Haight, students and workers revolt in Paris, tanks crunch down the streets of Prague. Sometimes likened to the work of William S. Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon, Mr. Newman's novels explore soullessness and atomization amid the ruined temple of postmodern life.
From 1964 to 1975, he championed writers as diverse as Sylvia Plath and John Barth and introduced the vanguard
of Latin American and Eastern European authors -- including Jorge Luis Borges and Czeslaw Milosz to TriQuarterly's discerning readership of American writers and intellectuals.


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