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About the Book"This memoir traces Taplin's life and its intersection with several significant cultural moments, from his early days tour managing The Band, through his producing Mean Streets and several other films, all the way up to his present-day work advocating for a healthier cultural and digital commons"--
Book SynopsisJonathan Taplin's extraordinary journey has put him at the crest of every major cultural wave in the past half century: he was tour manager for Bob Dylan and the Band in the '60s, producer of major films in the '70s, an executive at Merrill Lynch in the '80s, creator of the Internet's first video-on-demand service in the '90s, and a cultural critic and author writing about technology in the new millennium. His is a lifetime marked not only by good timing but by impeccable instincts--from the folk scene to Woodstock, Hollywood's rebellious film movement, and beyond. Taplin is not just a witness but a lifelong producer, the right-hand man to some of the greatest talents of both pop culture and the underground.
With cameos by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Martin Scorsese, and countless other icons, The Magic Years is both a rock memoir and a work of cultural criticism from a key player who watched a nation turn from idealism to nihilism. Taplin offers a clear-eyed roadmap of how we got here and makes a convincing case for art's power to deliver us from "passionless detachment" and rekindle our humanism.
"The Magic Years remarkably shares how Jon Taplin was on the front lines of so many pivotal and historic events. He has a helluva story to tell. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen a lot of it with my own eyes." --Robbie Robertson
"Jonathan Taplin and I had our share of conflicts and disagreements, but he was the one who made Mean Streets and The Last Waltz possible, for which I will always be grateful. We had quite a few adventures on both projects, and they're all chronicled in this memoir of his colorful life in show business." --Martin Scorsese
"The Magic Years reads like a Magical Mystery Tour of music, loss, beauty, family, justice, and social upheaval. It contains true magic, and true inspiration, as do the years, the people, and the story Taplin recalls." --Rosanne Cash
"Jon Taplin has lived an extraordinary life during an extraordinary time. I have watched him land on his feet again and again after completing death-defying midair acrobatics. I don't know if the things in this book actually happened, but I know all of it is true." --T Bone Burnett
"The Magic Years disproves Robin Williams's famous line: Jon Taplin remembers the sixties (and seventies and beyond) and he was definitely there, as a maker and impresario. It's an enviably rich life that he chronicles with unfailing charm and menschy generosity." --Kurt Andersen, author of Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America
"Taplin is a formidable writer whose wit, attention to detail, and gift for turning a phrase makes The Magic Years a book worthy of its legendary subjects." --Danny Goldberg, author of Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain
"In 1968, when the Band's Music from Big Pink was released, it felt like the incense and acid haze hanging over the music had been blown away by a cool mountain breeze. Jon Taplin was present for those days, and for everything that came afterwards. His memoir is as clear and strong as an Adirondack stream. Catch this cannonball." --Charles P. Pierce, author of Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
"It's uncanny to find someone closely involved in so many iconic events, and with such understanding. That's why you have to read this vital book: despite losses, exhaustion, and compromise, the love and faith in it call us to make a new, glad day." --Nigel Smith, William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature, Princeton University "Readers will ride shotgun as Taplin journeys through some of the great moments in late '60s and '70s popular culture, with a significant coda on the forces that drive today's artistic output. There is much to savor here." --Library Journal