Book Review: The Magic Years: Scenes From A Rock-and-Roll Life

By Jonathan Taplin

(hardcover) $28.00

As a college student in the early ‘60s, author Taplin parlayed his passion for music into a part-time gig working for mega-manager Albert Grossman, where Taplin came into close contact with the likes of Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin, the Dead, the Beatles, the Stones and many others, before moving into a career as a film producer for Martin Scorsese (Mean Streets) and others. Taplin’s book is a reflective, thought-provoking, keenly observed memoir, a real pleasure to read.