Shell Shocked
Howard Kaylan and Jeff Tamarkin
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Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.
Howard Kaylan and Jeff Tamarkin
Backbeat Books
304 pages
March 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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"Happy Together." Remember that one from 1967? Of course you do. The musician singing on that was Howard Kaylan, lead vocalist for the Turtles and one of the best singers to emerge during the golden '60s. After the Turtles fell apart, Kaylan would move on to a duet with co-Turtle Mark Volman, form Flo & Eddie, and eventually become a singer in Frank Zappa's band.

Kaylan talks about all of that in his wonderful autobiography. The singer kept diaries from back in the day, so his memories are not only colorful but pretty historically accurate. He recalls clearly meeting T. Rex's Marc Bolan, Stephen Stills, The Beatles, Keith Moon, Alice Cooper, The Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, The Moody Blues, Donovan and Jimi Hendrix.

Shell Shocked is a terrific book about the Summer of Love and the 40+ summers that followed, which for Kaylan included multiple marriages and multiple bouts with drugs. If you ever wondered about that wonderful voice singing "Happy Together," check this out.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2013

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