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Beatles Anthology*The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles
This huge and wonderful book contains thousands of pictures and quotes (many never read or seen before) that give the reader the most complete and insightful history of the Beatles ever produced. I am thoroughly enjoying this gorgeous book and the opportunity for a personally guided tour down memory land.
 *The Beatles AnthologyDVD
 *The Beatles - The First U.S. Visit DVD
*Yellow Submarine  1968) DVD

 * Berkeley DVD
Starring: Bonnie Bedelia, Henry Winkler
Film about a young boy Ben Sweet who finds himself at UC Berkeley in 1968 and is quickly caught up in the anti-war, free speech, dope and fast sex of the times.
His dad played by Henry Winkler loves him but is very concerned about the way he is going. The music of Country Joe and The Fish and Tom Morello make this Bobby Roth movie a winner and must have DVD for all fans of both Country Joe and The Fish and of Tom Morello.

*Berkeley in the Sixties DVD

Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus*Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010
by Greil Marcus
First Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
Bob Dylan And The Beatles, Volume One Of The Best Of The Blacklisted Journalist by Al Aronowitz

Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back DVD

Love is the Song We Sing*Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 DVD
Released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the psychedelic, free-spirited Summer Of Love - that began just after the historic Monterey Pop Festival in June '67 - For music archivist, Alec Palao, who for 20 years has been digging deep into San Francisco's musical past especially the mid- and late-60s, this was a labor of love. He designed this package and chose the artists and songs. Some of these bands went on to fame and glory while other bands never went much beyond beyond the San Francisco area's live performance circuit and local radio stations. The 4-disc set of music of the that time contain a lavishly produced book full of history, photos, posters and handbills. A fascinating and revealing audio-visual experience. weighs in at 77 tracks totaling over 4-_ hours of music.


  Diamond Sky*Beneath the Diamond Sky:Haight-Ashbury 1965-1969  by Claudia Lehan, Charles Perry, Parke Puterbaugh, James Henke, Barry Miles
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love with this definitive volume from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum--an incredible time capsule of the wildest moments from 1965-1969. 200+ photos.

*Take Me to a Circus Tent: The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual

*Somebody to Love?: A Rock-And-Roll Memoir by Grace Slick

*Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s by Nicholas Knowles Bromell
Weaving together memoir and musicology, history and politics, Bromell shows how millions of listeners in the 1960s mixed rock and psychedelics in a quest to make sense of themselves and their times.

Janis Joplin*Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin by Alice Echols
A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

The Dead*The American Book of the Dead
by Oliver Trager
With never-before-published photos and more than 800 wide-ranging entries, this panoramic look at one of America's most innovative and beloved bands is "a rare encyclopedia that should be savored from beginning to end. Essential." (The Billboard Rock 'n Roll Readers Guide). 190 pages
*The Grateful Dead Movie (1976) *The Grateful Dead-Downhill From Here

Got a Revolution   *Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane by Jeff Tamarkin (Author), Jann Wenner , Paul Kantner (Forewords)
Alternately poignant, inspiring, thought-provoking and exasperating (not unlike the Airplane members themselves), part biography, part cultural history, part discography and part celebrity dish, the book is a fascinating read.
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  * A Night at the Family Dog 1970 (The Grateful Dead / Jefferson Airplane / Santana)
Break On Through
* Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison by James Riordan
From Jim Morrison's early family life to the intellectual foundations of his music and his wild days with The Doors, the authors provide an insightful look at a rock legend whose cult following never stops growing. With dozens of rarely published photos, this is the authoritative portrait of the man and his career. 52 black-and-white photos.

  Cream* Cream: The Legendary Sixties Supergroup by: Welch, Chris
This is the story of rock's first supergroup: guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. From Cream's formation in 1966 to their breakup in 1968, this engaging book explores the power trio's groundbreaking blues-rock sound, which soon took on inventive psychedelic overtones.

Michael Bloomfield *Michael Bloomfield: If You Love These Blues
Bloomfield shot to stardom in the '60s with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, The Electric Flag and on Al Kooper's 'Super Session.' His story is told in the words of his brother, musicians such as B.B. King, producer Paul Rothchild and dozens of others - If you love his blues, you'll love this book.' - Al Kooper. 280 pages. Hardcover. Book & CD.

Don't You Want Somebody To Love?* Don't You Want Somebody to Love: Reflections of the San Francisco Sound by Darby Slick, Stanley Mouse (Illustrator)
The tale as told by those who were there then and fortunately are still Here Now. Stanley Mouse rocks. :-)

*The Sixties: Notes of Discord by Judith L. DiGrazia

*Stairway to Heaven: The Final Resting Places of Rock's Legends
* Taj Mahal: Autobiography of a Bluesman by Taj Mahal

   * Flashing on the sixties : photographsby Lisa Law
A new edition, even more photos, new commentary, and intimate portraits of Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, the Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Harrison Ford, and Peter Fonda, plus classic photos of the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and the Human Be-In. 200 photos

All The Rage* All the Rage: by Ian 'Mac' McLagan, Dave Marsh
A funny, energetic, no-holds-barred autobiography chronicling nearly four decades of dynamic music history.

Spirit into Sound*Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music
by Mickey Hart, Frederic Lieberman, Fredric Lieberman
A collection of quotes and commentary on the transformative power of music.


* The Groovy Years :53 Songs of the Hippie Era Beatles tunes, Turtles, Mamas and Papas, The Who and more. A fun book ! 

*Magic Carpet Ride:
The Autobiography of John Kay and Steppenwolf
by John Kay, John Einarson

 * San Francisco : The Musical History Tour: A Guide to over 200 of the Bay Area's Most Memorable Music Sites by Joel Selvin

Santana :Soul Sacrifice* Soul Sacrifice:
The Santana Story by Simon Leng
This is the first full biography of the band and the pioneering spirit of their leader.

Hendrix *Hendrix :Setting the Record Straight
Paul Mc Cartney said that 'this book is Hendrix'. It very honestly describes the actual life and times and troubles of Hendrix.Hendrix : Setting the Record Straight Paul Mc Cartney said that 'this book is Hendrix'. It very honestly describes the actual life and times and troubles of Hendrix.


Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi HendrixExperience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix
audio CD
Experience Hendrix brings together the major singles with a stack of majestic album tracks
and the career-defining live Woodstock version of "The Star Spangled Banner"on a fat 20-tracker.

* Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix & The Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Revolution by Charles Shaar Murray "The best book on Hendrix," Crosstown Traffic won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. Roots-savvy British critic Charles Shaar Murray assesses the lifework of guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the context of black musical tradition, social history, and the upheaval of the 1960s. 8 pages of photographs.

 * Rock Odyssey: A Chronicle of the Sixties by Whitcomb, Ian
The whirlwind of Mr. Whitcomb's fleeting fame, which swept him from Los Angeles to Paris with such groups as the Beach Boys, the Kinks and the Byrds, is the focus of this lively chronicle . . . when rock-and-roll exploded into a major growth industry. Around his story, Mr. Whitcomb has constructed a thorough and engrossing history of the mid-60's rock scene.

* Great Songs of the Sixties by Milton Okun (Editor)
Peace and love, protest, folk music, and flower power. Whether it was the music of the mainstream or the sounds of the revolution, the music of the 60s left a deep and undeniable mark on the music world. The 60s rocked and rolled like no generation before or since and influenced everything that came after. This book is arranged for Piano/Vocal/Guitar, has chord symbols,includes guitar chords and song lyrics.

Peter Green:Fleetwood Mac* Peter Green - Founder of Fleetwood Mac by Martin Celmins, B. B. King
The Authorised Biography Paperback, 15x21cm, 239 pages, b/w photos. The story of Peter Green is that of an enigma: a Jewish cockney, whose stardom as a young blues guitar hero and founder of Fleedwood Mac brought permanent fame and whose original songs proved timeless. But in the early 1970s he gave it all up - just like that - and his musical legacy soon began to come second to reports about Peter Green the man: inmate, mad philanthropist and vagrant with dagger fingernails.

 * Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
by David Hajdu
This book borrows its title from a 1965 Bob Dylan song. The book covers the same combustible period, a time when Dylan snapped into the lives
of other future counterculture heroes. Billy Strayhorn biographer David Hadju threads his narrative through the heady interactions of Dylan, singer Joan Baez, her mysterious bohemian sister, Mimi, and moody novelist Richard Farina.


*Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era
Linda McCartneyby Linda McCartney , Paul McCartney, David Bailey Haight-Ashbury, London, New York -- wherever a rock event was happening, Linda McCartney was there shooting, as this electrifying collection of never-before-published photographs testifies. Features more than 250 photographs, 32 in full color. Introduction by Paul McCartney.

Not Fade Away*Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 20 Years of Rock & Roll by Ben Fong-Torres, Cameron Crowe ~
From 1969 to 1981, Ben Fong-Torres was one of the first "star" writers on staff at Rolling Stone - the "scruffy rock journal" that metamorphosed into one of the most powerful voices of a generation. Now in this fascinating book, Fong-Torres revisits his most intriguing celebrity interviews and profiles, and - for the first time - tells the revealing stories behind the stories, the stars, his writing process, and life at Rolling Stone

Love Band *Love: Love Behind the Scenes on the Pegasus Carousel With the Legendary Rock Group
by Michael Stuart-Ware
Love were one of the legendary bands of the late '60s U.S. West Coast scene.
Their masterpiece Forever Changes still regularly appears in critics polls of top albums, while a new line up of the band has recently toured to mass acclaim.
Michael Stuart-Ware was Love's drummer and shares his inside perspective on the band's recording and performing career, and tells how drugs and egos thwarted the potential of one of the great groups of the burgeoning psychedelic era.

The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco SoundThe Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound (Mass Market Paperback) by Ralph J. Gleason released 1969
Gleason was a fan of the Jefferson Airplane from their beginning and wrote a lot about them and the scene early on.
it is a detailed and well-written S F retrospective, partly based on Gleason's old Chronicle columns, plus interviews with the Airplane members, and Jerry Garcia. This vintage book has photos and even a list of"all" the bands that existed in the S F area during the daze, photos and more including
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Virgin Encyclopedia
*The Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music by Larkin, Colin
In-depth look at the groups and solo artists of the 1960s, including not just the major acts but also many minor, lesser-known artists and one-hit wonders. Each entry provides facts about the careers, key dates, details of record releases and ratings for albums. This volume claims to have almost 1,000 entries and it runs to over 500 pages.The scope of the book extends beyond the UK and covers artists from all over the world making all types of music. Highly recommended for any lover of 1960s music who wants to find out more about the groups and recordings.

Sixties Rock *Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions
by Hicks, Michael
Garage is rock made by unprofessional, often adolescent musicians who typically practice in a member's auto shed. The term implies a charming lack of sophistication. Many rock musicians of the mid-sixties came to consider themselves as artists, as self-conscious makers of a new sonic medium. Sixties Rock offers a provocative look at these artists and their innovations in two pivotal rock genres: garage rock and psychedelic music.
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