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Psychedelic Bubble Gum : Boyce & Hart, the Monkees, and Turning Mayhem Into Miracles
by Bobby Hart and Glenn Ballantyne and Micky Dolenz


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From the man who wrote the songs that outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967-1968, comes the story of the first decades of his life in Hollywood and New York.

Immerse yourself in Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominated songwriter Bobby Hart's world as he shares the story behind his success; from humble beginnings comes a musical goliath.  Read more...


 
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Overview

From the man who wrote the songs that outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967-1968, comes the story of the first decades of his life in Hollywood and New York.

Immerse yourself in Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominated songwriter Bobby Hart's world as he shares the story behind his success; from humble beginnings comes a musical goliath.

Psychedelic Bubble Gum is an exclusive glimpse into Hart's personal journey as he moves on the fast track to fame. This vivid narrative follows Hart's gradual rise in the music industry as half of the duo Boyce and Hart, as he and his friend and partner Tommy Boyce wrote the songs that launched the Monkees to stardom, and eventually reaching over a hundred million in sales. Along the way is all the heartbreak and drama that accompanies fame and fortune--an uprooted life, conflicted morals, and the sacrifice of his wholesome high school sweetheart Becky.

With unbending sincerity, Hart details a life of extravagance, betrayal, loss, disillusionment, and an unstoppable personal struggle to find spiritual balance, peace, and love. Psychedelic Bubble Gum is a rollercoaster ride through the 1960s and 1970s during America's whirlwind era of free speech, mysticism, and psychedelic pop culture, and, of course, rock 'n' roll. Packed with intimate behind-the-scenes encounters with pop star royalty, Psychedelic Bubble Gum is tempered by humor, honesty, and a singular understanding of the industry,


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590792902
  • ISBN-10: 1590792904
  • Publisher: Select Books (NY)
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 384
  • Dimensions: 9.29 x 5.99 x 1.19 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Composers & Musicians - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hart, half of a songwriting duo that crafted hundreds of 1960s and '70s pop hits and gave the made-for-TV band the Monkees their signature theme song and "Last Train to Clarksville," aims to inspire readers' creativity with this earnest but not terribly interesting autobiography. Fans of mass-produced pop will be pleased to read about Hart's early songwriting days, which gave the world "Come a Little Bit Closer," a great hit for the long-ago Jay and the Americans, and led to a gig (with writing partner Tommy Boyce) supplying tunes for the "Pre-Fab Four." Apart from an engaging discussion of both songwriting and the technical production aspects of some of his Monkees work, there's little exploration of the songwriting craft. Instead, Hart piles on plenty of earnest, cheery aphorisms about creativity, offered in several lists of maxims, helpful hints, and inspirational sayings. These include "Your Thoughts Create Your Reality" and other distillations of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, a book whose influence Hart cites throughout his ghostwritten account. Readers may appreciate the brief look at the mid-1960s machinery of creating mass musical entertainment, but there's not much else that will keep anyone but a deeply dedicated fan turning the pages. (Apr.)

 
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