Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, Etc.



[PDF / Epub] ★ Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, Etc. By Howard Kaylan – E17streets4all.co.uk Book If Howard Kaylan had sung only one song, the Turtles No smash hit Happy Together, his place in rock and roll history would still be secure But that recording, named in by BMI as one of the top Book My Life with the MOBI :ò If Howard Kaylan had sung only My Life PDF/EPUB ë one song, the TurtlesNosmash hit Happy Together, his place in rock and roll history would still be secure But that recording, named inby BMI as one of the topsongs of the th century, with over five million radio plays, is only the tip of a rather eye opening iceberg For nearly five decades, Howard Kaylan has been a player in the rock and Shell Shocked: eBook à roll revolution In addition to his years with the Turtles, Kaylan was a core member of Frank Zappa s Mothers of Invention and the dynamic duo Flo and Eddie, and part of glam rock history with Marc Bolan and T Rex He s also given street cred and harmonies to everyone from John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Alice Cooper to the Ramones and Duran Duran, to name just a few Howard Shocked: My Life PDF/EPUB ë Kaylan s life has been a dangerous ride that he is only too happy to report on, naming names and shedding shocking tales of sex, drugs, and creative excess Shell Shocked will stand alone as not only one of the best told music biz memoirs, but one with a truly candid and unmatchable story of rock and roll insanity and success from a man who glories in it all.Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, Etc.

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  • Paperback
  • 277 pages
  • Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, Etc.
  • Howard Kaylan
  • English
  • 23 November 2017
  • 1617808466

10 thoughts on “Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, Etc.

  1. says:

    I don t buy many new books these days but when I heard about this one I ordered it right away I am not a huge fan of Howard Kaylan s music though I do have the Turtles Greatest Hits and a couple of Flo Eddie albums Indeed I only saw him perform once when he sang with the Mothers at the Bath Festival in 1970 However Howard Kaylan has always struck me as an interesting person so I thought this would be an interesting book I found this an amusing and entertaining read though I did struggle a I don t buy many new books these days but when I heard about this one I ordered it right away I am not a huge fan of Howard Kaylan s music though I do have the Turtles Greatest Hits and a couple of Flo Eddie albums Indeed I only saw him perform once when he sang with the Mothers at the Bath Festival in 1970 However Howard Kaylan has always struck me as an interesting person so I thought this would be an interesting book I found this an amusing and entertaining read though I did struggle a bit keeping up with all his relationships as he got married five times He admits he made a lot of bad choices but he is a survivor I even ordered twoFlo Eddie albums after reading this

  2. says:

    I always thought The Turtles were an underrated band, but I did not know an awful lot about them personally and I never made the connection that Captain Cloud from Get Crazy, was in fact Howard Kaylan aka Eddie And though there is a long story behind the Flo and Eddie moniker, I did not realize it came from their stint as Frank Zappa s back up singers And yes, they were on stage at Montreux when some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground After barely escaping with thei I always thought The Turtles were an underrated band, but I did not know an awful lot about them personally and I never made the connection that Captain Cloud from Get Crazy, was in fact Howard Kaylan aka Eddie And though there is a long story behind the Flo and Eddie moniker, I did not realize it came from their stint as Frank Zappa s back up singers And yes, they were on stage at Montreux when some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground After barely escaping with their lives, they went back the next day and salvaged the cowbell used in their act.This is for people who will read any book about the 60s and 70s because all the usual suspects are here Because Kaylan kept a diary of those years, he has pretty good recall of events including the first time he met the Beatles and Hendrix at the Speakeasy Club a story so funny I do not want to ruin it Apparently, this was made into a movie which I now need to track down What makes it interesting is this is the story of a second tier group that achieved massive singles success, then broke up They blew through that money quickly and were forced to keep the wolf from the door while keeping up the veneer of an A list existence by doing many side projects with the likes of Alice Cooper, Marc Bolan, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon and the cartoon character, Strawberry Shortcake Hence, while Kaylan was actually collecting unemployment, he still got to fly on other peoples private jets Of course they could have managed their money a little better However, Flo and Eddie ended up owning The Turtles masters and thanks to hooking up with some honest management and Rhino records, they were not as badly ripped off as most artists from this era Then again, if they hadn t flaunted it when they had it, the story might have been a lot less crazy Among a few anecdotes I recognized from Spinal Tap was one about a band whose album cover was deemed sexist and replaced with a generic yellow obelisk

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    It s a rock autobiography a light read with lots of name dropping and rollicking accounts of the life If you re into Frank Zappa, The Turtles, 60 s pop and 70 s excess, it s another Spinal Tap tinted window on that world on that level it s well worth the time reading and it ll go quickly Of course, if you re not into the above, and looking for apoetic introspective personal account, you might be disappointed But that wouldn t be rock and roll, would it

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    I personally think that Kaylan and Volman may have the greatest two part high harmonies in Rock for white dudes look up their CV and argue that shit However, I caution against reading this Why It s really just a tawdry travelogue of fucking, drugging, and shit talk about the long dead Also, hearing anyone rhapsodize about the benefits of weed at this remove is just exhausting Listen to the records, keep your memories pure.

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    Hugely entertaining book by one of the most underrated vocalists in rock.It helped knit together all the different relationships of a musical kind that I knew that Howard and partner Mark Volman have enjoyed over the years, and the friendships that underpinned them.Oddly enough, there is little on his relationship with Volman which seems strange given the length of time that they have been partners I had the immense pleasure of seeing The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie supporting Alice Cooper in G Hugely entertaining book by one of the most underrated vocalists in rock.It helped knit together all the different relationships of a musical kind that I knew that Howard and partner Mark Volman have enjoyed over the years, and the friendships that underpinned them.Oddly enough, there is little on his relationship with Volman which seems strange given the length of time that they have been partners I had the immense pleasure of seeing The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie supporting Alice Cooper in Glasgow on his Billion Dollar Babies tour It remains a heartfeltdesire to see Howard and Mark as The Turtles in the UK at some point

  6. says:

    The guy who sang harmony on Happy Together led a fascinating life Kaylan careened through rock n roll pop culture history for four decades, making friends with Zappa, Hendrix, Lennon, Nilsson, Brian Jones, Steven Tyler Joe Perry, Gene Simmons Paul Stanley, Tom Jones, Ramones, Springsteen, Psych Furs and on and on Flo Eddie and Kaylan and and his lifelong partner in arms Mark Volman became known as knew everyone in the biz A little bit of disciplined high school music trai The guy who sang harmony on Happy Together led a fascinating life Kaylan careened through rock n roll pop culture history for four decades, making friends with Zappa, Hendrix, Lennon, Nilsson, Brian Jones, Steven Tyler Joe Perry, Gene Simmons Paul Stanley, Tom Jones, Ramones, Springsteen, Psych Furs and on and on Flo Eddie and Kaylan and and his lifelong partner in arms Mark Volman became known as knew everyone in the biz A little bit of disciplined high school music training went a long way in the rock n roll era, evidently.I get the feeling Kaylan is a true mensch He seems like a lifelong entertainer who could work any stage As a result, he is damn fine story teller here The opener about doing lines off of Abe Lincoln s desk in Dick Nixon s White House Yes, that Abraham Lincoln and that White House was a brilliant glimpse into 1969 One curiosity He devotes almost no attention to Volman The Phlorescent Leech Eddie have been together longer than any of their marriages Then again, Happy Together really is a song worth devoting a life to singing

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    Howard Kaylan may not be a household name in rock pop but everyone knows the Turtles and hits like Happy Together and You Showed Me Due to typical music biz legal shenanigans, he and his Turtles partner Mark V0lman had to adopt new names and so became Flo Eddie Now you ve probably heard of them.Howard s tales of sex, drugs and rock n roll are pretty standard but the number of acts he has worked with over the years is pretty incredible Though the book sometimes replaces story telling w Howard Kaylan may not be a household name in rock pop but everyone knows the Turtles and hits like Happy Together and You Showed Me Due to typical music biz legal shenanigans, he and his Turtles partner Mark V0lman had to adopt new names and so became Flo Eddie Now you ve probably heard of them.Howard s tales of sex, drugs and rock n roll are pretty standard but the number of acts he has worked with over the years is pretty incredible Though the book sometimes replaces story telling with name dropping, it never becomes tired due to the pace Sometimes I wished he would slow down and linger awhile on some aspect of his career However, it is a rollicking good time overall and we get to see Kaylan s growth as an artist and business person There are great stories for fans of Frank Zappa, Marc Bolan, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and even Strawberry Shortcake Howard and Mark have sung back up on so many classic songs, you ll be stunned The post litigation Turtles still tour, catch em if you can

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    Being a pretty big fan of the Turtles music, I was really amped up to read this when it finally became available on Scribd It didn t take long before the story of the Swinging Sixties rock star lifestyle not graphic, but detailed enough to make me shudder a few times had me questioning the wisdom of getting back stories when I really just love the music for what it is Howard lived a coo coo, crazy lifestyle full of drugs, sex, and broken marriages His commentary while describing it is evid Being a pretty big fan of the Turtles music, I was really amped up to read this when it finally became available on Scribd It didn t take long before the story of the Swinging Sixties rock star lifestyle not graphic, but detailed enough to make me shudder a few times had me questioning the wisdom of getting back stories when I really just love the music for what it is Howard lived a coo coo, crazy lifestyle full of drugs, sex, and broken marriages His commentary while describing it is evidence, thank God, that he, unlike most of the biographies of 60s artists I ve read, has grown up enough to realize just how badly he screwed things up for himself and his loved ones over the course of a few decades By the end of the book, his perspective seemed to be relatively healthy, though his attitude toward his past sexual adventures still comes off as conquistadorish Probably no different than artists today but it still makes me grimace

  9. says:

    I felt like I read this book before Interchangeable with other tales of groupies and cocaine but a fun read nonetheless.

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    Crossposted from my blog For the next month or so, most of my writing time will be taken up with copy edits on the Beach Boys book and on my novel along with the Doctor Who posts and How To Build Your Own Time Machine So for the next month most of what s posted here will be rather light book reviews.To start with, Shell Shocked My Life With The Turtles, Flo And Eddie, Frank Zappa etc by Howard Kaylan.For those who don t know the name Howard Kaylan, he s probably most famous as the lead sin Crossposted from my blog For the next month or so, most of my writing time will be taken up with copy edits on the Beach Boys book and on my novel along with the Doctor Who posts and How To Build Your Own Time Machine So for the next month most of what s posted here will be rather light book reviews.To start with, Shell Shocked My Life With The Turtles, Flo And Eddie, Frank Zappa etc by Howard Kaylan.For those who don t know the name Howard Kaylan, he s probably most famous as the lead singer of the Turtles He sang lead on all their hits, as well as writing Elenore and a lot of their album tracks, but after they split up in the late sixties, he and Mark Volman the Turtles backing vocalist, tambourine player, and comedian to Kaylan s straight man went on to do an immense amount of other interesting work lead vocalists with the Mothers of Invention for a couple of years, backing vocals with T Rex, backing vocals on Hungry Heart by Springsteen, and much , as well as their own albums of hippie comedy folk pop under the name Flo And Eddie.Kaylan s autobiography is a fascinating, but frustrating read Kaylan is clearly one of theintelligent, thoughtful, 60s rock stars, and some of the insights given into the actual working methods of the bands he s worked with are absolutely fascinating I hadn t realised before that Kaylan modelled his vocal style on that of Colin Blunstone musically he and Volman were definitely Anglophiles, working with Ray Davies and covering the Small Faces at a time when those musicians were nearly unknown in the US , that he and Volman patterned their stage double act on Louis Prima and Keely Smith, or that the Turtles stylistic change from their early folk rock to the bouncy pop of Happy Together was inspired by the Lovin Spoonful, but all these things are very obvious once you know.When he talks about this stuff, the book is at its best I found the discussions of his writing the great Turtles song Marmendy Hill, or the recording of Lady O the last and best Turtles single riveting, and also loved the insights into Zappa s working methods, and little details like Springsteen being unable to sing on key without holding his guitar.Those portions of the book are, to my mind, easily the most interesting, and I wish there could have beenof them the recording of the Turtle Soup album, for example one of the best 60s pop albums of all time is covered in a little over a page, although this is possibly because it was the Turtles album with least active involvement from Kaylan.Almost as interesting are the anecdotes about other pop musicians, ranging from the heartbreaking When The Puppy Song played, Nilsson s eyes filled with tears Dreams are only made of wishes and a wish is just a dream you hope will come true I was a pretty good singer once, wasn t I You re the best there ever was I told him, meaning every word I was tearing up too He took it from me He stole my voice and I never got it back The he that Harry referred to was John Lennon, who famously produced the Pussy Cats album for Nilsson in 1974 Harry spoke of the primal screaming contests that John would coerce him into I can scream louder and longer than you and John could But, sweet, gentle Harry couldn t do it He tried The competition was fierce, and by the time Lennon returned to London, abandoning May Pang and the lost California years, it was too late the damage had been done Harry s vocal cords were abraded beyond repair and the new stuff was scratchy and desperate Harry cried Once I was a king, Howard Now look at me I m just waiting to dieto the well, to this Tom Jones was an education all by himself Every day, when the tour bus arrived at our venue, there were hundreds of waiting, screaming teenage girls, and Tom taunted them mercilessly from behind the safety of his window He actually pulled out his legendary for good reason schlong, which he had nicknamed Wendell, and waved it at the befuddled girls, who hooted, hollered, and pushed their friends aside to get a look at the one eyed monster Ooh, you d like to meet Wendell, wouldn t you, ladies Arrrgh, here he comes, girls Tom was very advanced.The best of the anecdotes reveal a huge amount about the musicians Kaylan has known which seems to include almost every major figure from the 60s and 70s The worst are just the usual stories of hedonistic excess that pad out every rock bio For those, you had to be there, I suspect.What s rather sad here is that Kaylan s personal life seems to have been a mess I lost track of the number of wives he had I think I counted five or six because each marriage seems to be described in pretty much identical terms Kaylan meets a woman and marries her He is convinced that she is The One and he will never need another woman, she promises she s going to get off the booze and drugs Real Soon Now Cut to a year or so later, and he s sleeping with every woman in the continental United States while she s permanently off her head Rinse and repeat Thankfully, his current wife seems to have been with him about twenty years, so maybe things are better for him now.Frankly, the book is too short for what it s trying to do, which is to be both a straight autobiography and a collection of anecdotes and reminiscences about other people There s almost nothing, for example, about Kaylan s working relationship with Mark Volman despite the fact that the two have been colleagues for fifty years now, I came out of the book knowing next to nothing about him.But what is there, particularly in the first half, is essential reading for anyone who s interested in the LA music scene of the 60s.Penn Jilette s foreword, as well, is fascinating, and makes me think rather better of him than I did previously Years later, brilliant voice actor Billy West would say, There s one show business I didn t have those words for it then, but Frank Zappa, Howard Kaylan, and Mark Volman taught me that there was only one showbiz that night in Boston These lightweights were onstage with the heavyweights and they were doing the best show I would ever see Their voices were beautiful The music was hard, and they were still having fun Some of the jokes were very serious and over my head what the fuck was going on singing in German about a sofa Some of the jokes were just stupid jock cock jokes that I would sneer at in my school It was all mixed together It was a show that was smart and stupid, heavy and light, beautiful andbeautiful They were doing a show with cheesy jokes, and it was also art How could that be It wasn t stuffy it was funny, entertaining, showbiz, vaudeville, and fun, and it still had content Those turtlefucking Mothers with those motherfucking Turtles They did Happy Together in this Mothers show, and it was a really good song And the music wassophisticated than I had ever thought Those perfect AM voices doing art I loved hearing something I knew from the radio in a smarty pants show Were they making fun of it Yes Were they also playing it for real Yes Were they playing it because it was fun Yes My view of showbiz and art came together It was that moment, during that show in Boston, that the line between showbiz and art was erased for me If Turtles could be Mothers, maybe a hick juggler could speak his heart in a magic show I drove back to Greenfield and now did my best to look as much like the Phlorescent Leech as I could When people said, You look like that guy, I said, Yeah, the guy in the Turtles, he s also in the Mothers now I was proud of being in showbiz and I was proud of how I looked, and I knew what I wanted to do in life That s a lot to learn from a couple of Turtles

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