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Love: Behind the Scenes Paperback – 15 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Helter Skelter Publishing; 01 edition (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900924595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900924597
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Love was one of the legendary bands of the late 1960s US West Coast scene, and their masterpiece "Forever Changes" still regularly appears in critics' polls. Yet the band never truly fulfilled their potential and broke through to the Los Angeles premier league inhabited by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The author was the band's drummer and shares his inside perspective on the band's recording and performing career. He tells how drugs and egos thwarted the potential of one of the great groups of the burgeoning psychedelic era.

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An interesting, detailed and well-written account of Love's peak '66/'67 period. plenty of first-hand insights, some of which provide a new perspective on events such as the recording of "Forever Changes". If you have an interest in the band's music you will enjoy this book.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interviews & music by the legendary band LOVE 23 May 2017
By William J. Mcguire - Published on Amazon.com
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Want to see and hear how it all started with LOVE back in the day? Buy this documentary with plenty of interviews with the original band members, employees of Electra, etc. Very good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be...was not. 14 April 2016
By Alessio Impronta - Published on Amazon.com
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A very good book from the drummer of one of the misterious bands of the sixties. They had the songs, they had the look, they could be so good and still they went anywhere. Simply put, this book explains why and it makes that in a right way. Lot of good memories, good written, nothing boring here. Read it, then put "Forever Changes" on the player once again and blame Arthur Lee if it took 20 years or more to put that record in every essential collection...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love 27 Nov. 2007
By brie livingston - Published on Amazon.com
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"Who are these guys?" (from "Butch and Sundance").
Until this book, "Love" pretty much remained a mystery. Just as the doors were a mystery until the advent of the Sugerman book.
If any one is interested in the music scene, primarily in los angeles during the late sixties, this is the book!
I had a similar background to the author, except I'm from the working class with lower expectations, unlike the author who was from the middle class. I had a state scholarship to the university, because of my low income family. Back then in los angeles a lot was expected from drummers -- "play wipe out kid!". Anyway, I think "Love" is the most underrated group ever. Remember that the summer of love was just two years after the historic watts riot in los angeles. I too am guilty of not noticing arthur lee's greatness until seeing him perform on DVD in London in 2003, subsequent to rhino's release of the "love story" CD. All I remember of love from the analog days is "little red book" (vaguely) and of course "7 & 7." Also, "da capo" as the #1 album playing during a party. Speaking of drummers in los angeles, the Keith moon book is still rather expensive --- I haven't yet been able to find a used one on Amazon reasonably priced. I think I actually saw moon in a movie theatre (one screen back then) in Tujunga (los angeles county). This would be the early seventies. A young guy a few years older than I came into the theatre dressed as Hitler, even wearing a uniform!
Who else but moon? (I read he liked to go around wearing a Hitler costume). If moon had appeared like that on Fairfax ave (Hollywood), he would have ended up in the hospital! In conclusion and getting back to the subject ("Love"), you cannot escape the forever changes!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read. lots of fun, poignant recollections... 19 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Imagine that you are an ardent Love fan, and one night you step into a bar and sitting next to you is some guy and it turns out that he was the drummer for Love and played on Da Capo and Forever Changes. All you would want is to do is sit there all night and ask: "what was it like?!" -- Well, the answer would be this book. I couldn't put it down, and basically read it straight through in two sittings. Two nights of hearing Michael Stuart tell what it was like. The chapters are short and accessible. It almost feels like he is just talking straight to you. What he describes is anecdote after anecdote, story after story, and various moments in the 1906's LA scene. There's Kim Fowley grooving out at some UCLA gig. There's Arthur yelling at Jim Morrison for skinny dipping in his pool. Laurel Canyon, the Sunset Strip, Bido Lito's....from the silly to the sublime, the memories are shared, often eloquently.
Arthur definitely comes off as a jerk. A genius, a magnetic personality, a strong and charismatic force -- but a a jerk. Sarcastic, cruel, and he even, according to the author, stiffed the other guys and didn't ever give them their royalties from the work on these two albums. Harsh. My interactions with Arthur have all been positive; he even wrote me back when he was in prison, and has been kind and curteous every time I have ever approcahed hm. But maybe he has just softened as he's gotten older. Because in this book, he seemed pretty mean and unsavory. The liner notes to McLean's "If you Believe..." paint a similar portrait.
My only criticism of this book is that it gives really short shrift to Forever Changes. In my opinion, Forever Changes is the greatest album of all time, ever. It moves me more than any book I have ever read, more than any painting I have ever seen -- it is simply the greatest human creative expression that I have ever expeienced. That said, I was let down that the author really doesn't say all that much about it. Just a little: they didn't rehearse much, studio musicians were brought in, then let go, then it was recorded -- and that was that and he quickly moves on. I was stunned. There was no discussion of the sheer brilliance of it; the non-traditional musical arrangments (like no choruses or hooks), the astounding lyrics, the chilling snare work in the beginning of You Set the Scene....I wanted to know more; how did they feel as they recorded it? What did the author think the first time he heard The red Telepone, for instance?
This is a must-read for any Love fan, or anyone compelled by LA in the 1960s.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was Arthur Lee Love? 24 Sept. 2007
By Demosthenese - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an interesting first person perspective on the great band Love durings its heyday in the mid-60s. The author joined the group in time to play on Da Capo and Forever Changes, two of the greatest albums ever recorded. You get the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs of a band that refused to tour to support its music, and when it did tour, usually wound up late for gigs or without one member of the band on stage. The picture of Arthur Lee that emerges is most probably accurate, but not pretty. No one can question his musical ability as a singer and a songwriter, but as a bandleader, he clearly needed some direction. Drugs played an inevitable part in the demise of the band, as it did with so many others. The theme that runs through the book is whether or not Love was Arthur Lee or the combination of musicians who worked together to make such wonderful music. In the end, the answer is probably "yes", Arthur Lee was Love. Certainly, with his passing, the band has ceased to exist. I enjoyed the book and the first hand accounts of the life and times of one of my favorite rock combos. Be prepared for the all too well known sad ending, although Michael Stuart-Ware seems to have made a good life for himself after music.
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