The Turtles Frontman Howard Kaylan To Pen Memoirs

02/09/2011
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(Hal Leonard) Backbeat Books plan to publish the autobiography of Howard Kaylan, lead vocalist of sixties rockers, The Turtles. A release date was not provided. But they did send this background info:

Veteran music journalist Jeff Tamarkin will collaborate on memoir from the legendary voice behind the "Happy Together" band, Zappa's Mothers of Invention, and Flo & Eddie.

If Howard Kaylan had sung only one song, the Turtles' 1967 #1 smash hit "Happy Together," his place in rock and roll history would still be secure. But that recording, named in 1999 by BMI as one of the top 50 songs of the 20th century, with over 5 million radio plays, is only the tip of the iceberg.

For nearly five decades, Howard Kaylan has been a key player at the heart of the rock-and-roll revolution. In addition to his years with the Turtles—whose other best-selling hits include "She'd Rather Be With Me," "You Baby," "It Ain't Me Babe," "She's My Girl," "Elenore," and "You Showed Me"—Kaylan was a core member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and half of the much loved duo Flo & Eddie, along with his career-long partner Mark Volman. Howard's voice has also appeared on recordings by a vast array of artists ranging from John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen, T. Rex, Blondie and Steely Dan.

Howard Kaylan is a man with stories to tell, and now, finally, they will be told. Collaborating with Kaylan is Jeff Tamarkin, a veteran music journalist and author of Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane. The former editor of Relix Magazine and Goldmine, Tamarkin brings more than 35 years of experience as a music scribe to the project. The book will be published by Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group.

Howard Kaylan's memoir will be stuffed with juicy anecdotes about some of rock's biggest stars, but it will also dig beneath the surface and place the rock life into context. Kaylan will reveal the ups and downs of fame and its effects on an artist who has seen the top of the charts and the downside of the music world, and is still here, decades later, to tell about it.

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