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Music journalist Kubernik (A Perfect Haze) takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the L.A. music scene at a pivotal period in pop music history. Compiling over 200 interviews (both original and borrowed) with musicians and behind-the-scenes personnel, Kubernik constructs the narrative as an oral history, sewing together anecdotal snippets by radio DJs like Art Laboe, songwriters like Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber, and Lou Adler, and producers like Phil Spector. There are behind the scene tales of up and coming artists at work, who went on to become icons, such as Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, and more, including lesser known but highly respected players like singer Betty Jane Baker. Illustrated with candid photos, concert posters, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, the book projects the enthusiasm of a personal scrapbook. Less of an authoritative history in scope, Kubernik hones the creative energy of the era and successfully presents the era's atmosphere—an era where music transcended race, the summer of love and iconic festivals were in full swing, and music pioneers on the stage or behind the radio and labels were facing the ups and downs of the business. Color Photos."—Publishers Weekly

"Music journalist Kubernik, building upon his excellent Canyon of Dreams (2012), captures the excitement of rock in Los Angeles from its inception to the early 1970s. Using more than 200 interviews, some previously published, which he conducted over the past 38 years, he pieces together an intriguing oral history of the musicians, songwriters, managers, producers, and DJs who dominated and shaped the L.A. scene....A lavishly illustrated and comprehensive view of rock and roll in Los Angeles by the people who created it that will interest all types of readers."—Library Journal

"Gargantuan and sprawling, just like the City of Angels. . . . Kubernik is like the music super fan who saved all his Top 40 surveys and concert tickets, posters and celebrity photos, and found a perfect repository: this book. A bonus: The guy can write, and he includes interviews, of both stars and behind-the-scenesters—record producers, engineers and songwriters, as well as his beloved pop stars and DJs."—Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle

"A golden-age coffee table book, and memorable for all sorts of left-field comment."—Greil Marcus

"The book is filled with stories and photos of home-grown L.A. legends such as the Beach Boys, the Doors, the Byrds and the Mamas and the Papas. But it also includes acts such as Arthur Lee and Love, East Los Angeles legends Thee Midniters, the Little Richard-esque duo Don and Dewey and dozens more. And, in the area that most distinguishes it from nearly every other book on the L.A. scene, Kubernik focuses attention on the behind-the-scenes maestros, producers such as Phil Spector, Sonny Bono, and Kim Fowley, influential radio DJs such as Dave Hull, Art Laboe, and B. Mitchell Reed, as well as studio owners, recording engineers and music publishers and promoters."—Orange County Register

"A love song to L.A.'s rock 'n roll history, Turn Up The Radio! is a must-have book for any music-loving Angeleno."—Los Angeles magazine

Turn Up the Radio! takes a trip back in time to the roots of rock in Los Angeles. Veteran music journalist and local native Harvey Kubernik’s coffee table tome is a treasure trove of vintage pics and historical anecdotes.”—Hollywood Reporter

“A massive, and massively cool collection of L.A. rock ephemera and recollections from classic acts of the 50s-70s, with an emphasis on the importance of local radio in the development of the groundbreaking music of that era. It’s one of those books where, right when you think every rare photo and nutty story has been unearthed, you open it and are blown away. Especially noteworthy are the loads of backstage and studio images. The book itself is doorstop big and heart-stop packed.”—

“The Doors, The Beach Boys, Phil Spector and The Monkees helped establish L.A. as America’s rock and roll capitol. Harvey Kubernik’s book Turn Up the Radio! doesn’t just look at the songs and the frontmen, but the talent throughout the recording and radio industries that created and promoted this enduring era of music. Drawn from over 200 interviews blending music industry figures with the radio personalities that brought this music to the public and adding first-rate photography makes this coffee-table-sized book a comprehensive chronicle of the center of the American rock and roll universe.”—Hot Wax Daily, Premiere Radio Network

"This fine tribute to the musicians, DJs, movers and shakers who filled the Hills and Canyons with rock’n’roll noise between 1956 and 1972 is a fine addition to the West Coast canon. Containing stacks of rare and unpublished photographs and memorabilia, Turn Up The Radio! justifies the screamer, as it brings characters such as Dave Diamond, Art Laboe and The Real Don Steele to life just as they’re about to unleash new sounds on an unsuspecting audience. Kubernik’s knowledge of the scene is vast and he shares it with a generous passion and vivid eye for detail as his snapshots cajole Frank Zappa, The Doors and The Byrds – to name but three of the thousands cavorting inside these pages – into focus, providing an embellished oral history en route. There are also memorable recollections of The Beach Boys, with Brian Wilson “surfacing like a great white whale from some unfathomable depth” as he rejoins the group at Long Beach Arena in 1971. Because he hung out and dug the scene, Kubernik makes you feel like you’re sharing a hot dog with The Monkees or waving at Jack Nitzsche outside RCA Studios. Brilliant. 5 stars."—Record Collector magazine

“Fans of classic rock will flip over this treasure trove of photos, interviews and other insider info about how the sizzling sounds of Southern California spread to the rest of America—and the rest of the world. This lovingly detailed illustrated narrative shines the spotlight on the Doors, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Elvis Presley and other acts that made the L.A. scene such a hotbed for performers of the era, plus the producers, recording engineers, studio musicians, DJs and others pivotal to the popular music’s formative West Coast years.”—Neil Pond, American Profile magazine

"Once again, music historian Kubernik puts an intense focus on his hometown's contribution to rock history, resulting in an attractive cloth-bound book that spotlights the city's radio DJs, producers, engineers and musicians, both famous and obscure. The book is a revelatory anecdote-filled ride."—Music Connection


Combining oral and illustrated history with a connective narrative, Turn Up the Radio! captures the zeitgeist of the Los Angeles rock and pop music world between the years of 1956 and 1972.

Featuring hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs and images of memorabilia, this collection highlights dozens of iconic bands and musicians, including the Doors, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, CSN, the Monkees, the Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Sam Cooke, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Thee Midniters, Sonny and Cher, and many others.

But recording artists heard on the AM and FM dial are only one part of the rich history of music in Los Angeles. Turn Up the Radio! digs deep to uncover the studio musicians, background vocalists, songwriters, producers, and engineers who helped propel the Los Angeles rock and pop music scene to such a legendary status. Bones Howe, Barney Kessel, B. J. Baker, Merry Clayton, Jack Nitzsche, Hal Blaine, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Bobby Womack, Kim Fowley, Bruce Botnick, Dave Gold, and Stan Ross are just a few of the names recognized for their crucial contributions to the music created and produced in the recording studios of Los Angeles.

Finally, Turn Up the Radio! pays tribute to the DJs who brought the music of Los Angeles to fans throughout Southern California—and, ultimately, the world—including Art Laboe, Dave Hull, Robert W. Morgan, the Real Don Steele, Jim Ladd, and Dave Diamond. Their dedication to the music they played at such iconic radio stations as KHJ, KFWB, KRLA, KMET, and KLOS was critical to the development of popular music.

Packed with exclusive interviews, this one-of-a-kind keepsake of rock, pop, and roll in the City of Angels is a must-have for any music fan.

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Hefty 5 lb volume is essential for those who listened to L.A. radio in 50s-70s but still a must have for any pop and rock fan. 21. April 2014
Von Steve Ramm - Veröffentlicht auf
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At first glance this hefty (it's 4 ½ pounds!) 338-page book looks like it is limited to the pop and rock radio stations and deejays from the LA area, but it's much (much!) more than that. Having always lived in the New York-Philly corridor on the east coast (and having worked for local rock stations in the early 1960s) I was more interested in what was happening in MY area than in LA. And, remember, this is long before the Internet (when you can now listen to virtually any station in the world on your PC). The only way you were going to understand what the stations out of your home area was to grab the great "Crusin'" series of Lps produced by Ron Jacobs.

Author (actually Editor) Harvey Kubernik did a great job in his book about Laurel Canyon (California) music in his volume "Canyon of Dreams" and he does it again here. Yes, the deejays are covered here and the local radio promotions, but my guess is that is only 10-15% of the material here. The rest is all about the music created in the LA area from 1956-1972 including Phil Spector , The Byrds, Ricky Nelson, Sonny and Cher, Helb Alpert, The Monkees and (much) more. The book (which is large, as well as heavy - you can't read this easily on your lap) is almost like a scrapbook of the period. Kubernik was able to get rare previously unpublished photos by legendary pop/rock photographer Henry Diltz and ephemeral graphics to fill the pages. There is not one page on which there isn't at least one image. The author also used (with permission) quotes from many well-known names in the business (and the sources are all listed in the back of the book - along with almost 5 pages of credits (in small type face). There's an Index in the back so you can find the subjects you are most interested in when you go back to look at the book again - and you will; it's visually stunning!

For those who grew up on the LA area in the 50s-early 70s - the book will bring back even more memories with stories (and photos) of the "Boss Jocks" from KHJ, KFWB. KMET and KLOS. And jocks like B Mitchell Reed, Robert W. Morgan, Art Laboe and Casey Kasem are covered. "Humble Harve" (Harvey Miller) was one of the KHJ team but before he went to LA, he was a deejay in Philly at WIBG and, before that, at WAAT - a low powered station in Trenton, NJ. I had the fun of being a go-fer for Harve and the other WAAT jocks during my last years of high school and it was he who helped guide my interest in music.
So I can certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in the early days of rock and roll and "Top 100" radio (this was before the charts were narrowed down to just 40). I'd also like to suggest to those who are reading this review because they listened to LA radio then that they check out the MP3 of a presentation that journalist and award-winning author, Cary Ginell, gave in 2011 at the annual Conference of the Association for rrecorded Sound Collections (ARSC) - KHJ: The Boss Radio Revolution of the Late 1960s - on the history of KHJ's Boss Jocks. That presentation - and others you'll find interesting are located at the ARSC website. Search ARSC-audio and then conference recordings)

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Awesome book! 15. April 2014
Von Mark Guerrero - Veröffentlicht auf
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Harvey Kubernik has captured what was going on musically in Los Angeles during the period when rock & roll came of age. Unlike most other mainstream rock history books, Kubernik has included what was happening musically on the east side of the Los Angeles River, aka the "brown side of town." He should be commended for putting the comments of those Eastside artists on an equal footing with those of their better known peers from the Westside. Being included in "Turn Up the Radio!: Rock, Pop and Roll in Los Angeles 1956- 1972" is a quantum leap for all the musicians who were part of the "Eastside Sound" of the 1960s and early '70s and further validates their place in the history of rock & roll. The book is also full of great never before published photos and rare images. Thanks Harvey for the platform that allowed many of the participants of the era to tell it like it was.
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Turn it up and eat it up! 21. April 2014
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In 1964 my fellow preteen chum Sally and I would trek to the KRLA studios two blocks from her home to torture its most Beatlemaniac DJ, Dave Hull "the Hullabalooer." His riotous on-air shared sensibilities of all things Beatles invited a synthetic familiarity with similarly obsessed preteens, of which we took every advantage albeit innocent. One time after hours of Beatlepraise he asked for desert, any desert and he'd consume it front of the benefactors. Sally and I then concocted the ice cream Sundae From Hell with catsup, mustard, tarragon, sage and...

But you the Classic Rock and more music consumer don't need to read about your kindred souls, you lived it. You care about the music, who made it and who guaranteed you'd hear it. And you want something you haven't seen or read before. Therefore, go get "Turn Up the Radio!: Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956–1972" by Harvey Kubernik...

...if you love the '50s/'60s/'70s salad days of Los Angeles-centric rock and roll, r&b, soul, pop, and jazz from the Doheny, San Onofre, La Jolla etc. waves-with-attitude locales name-checked in the Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." to the East L.A. dirty dance-a-ramas of Thee Midnighters.

Readers familiar with the author's prior books like "Canyon of Dreams" about Laurel Canyon "This Is Rebel Music" or "Hollywood Shack Job" know his fastidiousnous in insider details whether researched, interviewed or visually depicted. The greatest surprise in Turn Up the Radio is its wealth of obscure (but high-res) photographs of famous personages of the era as well as behind the scenesters, in backstage, studio, home and personal situations, unknown even to us we-were-there types. This is as far from a stock-photo tome as is possible, and it's a lavish one, wholly worthwhile with mounds and mounds of bitchin' content.

You'll love it. And oh yeah for the rabidly curious, The Hullabalooer ate it all up. He's well represented in this book of course...

-Heather Harris
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The Definitive Tome on the Golden Years of the Los Angeles music scene 16. April 2014
Von Jan A. Henderson - Veröffentlicht auf
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With Harvey Kubernik's fifth book "Turn Up the Radio," the author takes the reader on a voyage into the world of hope, optimism, and magic - all delivered to the listener's home via AM radio and later FM album oriented radio. Kubernik focuses on the musicians of the day, the classic bands and the vocalists. But to his credit, he takes the reader further than all the other books on this subject by including profiles of songwriters, engineers, producers, and the DJs of the day.
With highly informative narration and never-before-seen photographs, this book tells the story of the Los Angeles music scene from its inception in the late Thirties to its last gasp of the early Seventies.
All the top ten bands are features in the oral history sections, as well as some fascinating scenesters who give voice to this extraordinary once in a lifetime happening.
For readers who lived through the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, this is a trip down memory lane. For newbies to this wild and wonderful sonic renaissance, this is the complete guide book that gives a full accounting of this long ago era. Harvey Kubernik was on the scene for this unforgettable time four decades past, and so was I. He has captured this time with clarity, truthfulness, and affection. A sterling achievement
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Exceptional 11. Mai 2014
Von sb-lynn - Veröffentlicht auf
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This wonderful book is a must-have for anyone who is a fan of rock n' roll and in particular, anyone who grew up in Los Angeles during the 1950's through 1972.

First let me describe the book - on every turn-of-the-page there are WONDERFUL photos and illustrations that will bring back such memories for those of us who grew up in Los Angeles. There are posters and stories describing such events as the fabulous 3-day rock concert at Devonshire Downs that was weeks before Woodstock. In my opinion, the lineup was even better!

The book not only covers all the great DJ's of their day, but also there is so much (new to me) information about so many of the bands of those eras, like the Beach Boys or Love. Not only will this book bring back great memories, there is also so much fascinating information that you may not have known of before.

Seriously, you grew up in L.A? You like the L.A. bands from those times? Then I promise you, you'll love this book.

Highly recommended.
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