NIGHT PEOPLE, Book 1 - Things We Lost in the Night

A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves

Non-Fiction - Memoir
462 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2015
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Author Biography

Larry J Dunlap was born in Brooklyn New York, raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and now comfortably marinates in Southern California. He worked for several years in the music industry -- six of them performing and recording in the mid-60s rock band, the topic of his memoir Things We Lost in the Night, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves. Book 1: NIGHT PEOPLE is currently available on Amazon and retail bookstores. Book 2: ENCHANTED, the concluding volume to this memoir is expected in early 2016.

Following the years in this memoir, Larry roamed the streets of Hollywood as a personal manager, publisher, and record studio owner/operator on Sunset Boulevard. He founded the first digital broadcast network on cable television, and worked for several years in video and film production, including post production. His favorite project up until now was designing, authoring, and developing a graphical multiplayer online strategy game, Imperial Wars. Larry has been a technical writer, a technical trainer, and training curricula author for Fortune 50 companies. He is a published short story author, magazine columnist reviewing live music in Southern California, and a published music-based cartoonist. Currently Larry writes fiction and narrative non-fiction from his home in Southern California, where he finds himself unreasonably lucky to share life with his wife, Laurie and their Chili Dog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Things We Lost in the Night: A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves by Larry J. Dunlap is an honest memoir in which the author has carefully depicted his years as a young and struggling musician, along with his friends as they strive for fame and fortune. The book also captures the essence of the 1960s when there was a cultural and musical shift. Their transformation from a small band to that of a famous one and their successes change Larry's perspective on a lot of things in life. In a nutshell, the memoir exposes the 1960s, the music industry, vocal groups, R&B cover bands, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Hollywood recording studios, the nightlife, and the sexual revolution that happened during that period.

The memoir connects with readers intimately as the author shares every small detail of his life. Readers are taken into the author's world of music, the problems they face as a band, and their struggle for survival initially. The rise of the band opens the way for many other things, and the author also speaks about the sacrifices they make on their way to the top. Many moments in the author's life are poignantly mingled with misery, happiness, music and sex. I found the book interesting as it speaks about music, the band, recordings and many other things related with music. The challenges the author faces in his life and his love life and other casualties make this memoir a very exciting read.