Book Review: California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness

Bernstein writes of his front-row seat during the ever-evolving music scene of the 1960s and 1970s in California Slim, a personable memoir that gives a glimpse of what it was like to be a witness to rock & roll history. His career, which spanned 1962 to 1980, represents the dreams of many male music-loving Boomers of that time. As a teenager, he studied with Jerry Garcia, and in 1980 he attended the premiere for Willie Nelson’s movie Honeysuckle Rose. Impresario Bill Graham selected Bernstein and his posse to produce light shows at Fillmore West, where luminaries like B. B. King, the original Fleetwood Mac, and the Grateful Dead performed.

by Andrew J. Bernstein

(paperback) $15.99