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  1. Golden Earring's RADAR LOVE should be on the list . . . somewhere.
  2. I grew up in Northern New Jersey. My Dad was a Ford guy, and the family drove in many versions of the Country Squire. In 1969 I left for California, to Stanford Univ. My first car was a mid-60s VW bug, a convertible, and I drove it everywhere--up in to the Santa Cruz Mountains, up to San Francisco. Then one day, near where Neil Young now has his ranch, the engine seized and fried. I've been VP/Sales for the world's largest rock & roll merchandising companies (Winterland Prod., Sony Signatures, Signatures Network). I've worked for just about every major rock band you can think of, handling their retail campaigns. Along the way, I fell in love with Acura's. My TSX is a great rockin' car, and most recently I've been glued to Jerry Lee Lewis' latest, LAST MAN STANDING. My first book, GRATEFUL DEAD BOOK OF THE DEAD HEADS, was published in 1983; Jerry Garcia himself wrote the foreword. That led to my writing "the bible" on rock posters, THE ART OF ROCK: POSTERS FROM PRESLEY TO PUNK, published in '87 (and for which concert promoter Bill Graham wrote the foreword). I co-authored the coffeetable book for the Hard Rock Cafe, TREASURES ('01), then co-authored ART OF MODERN ROCK: THE POSTER EXPLOSION ('04), the follow-up "New Testament." Most recently, I'm proud to tell you, I authored ROCKIN' DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE CARS AND PEOPLE WHICH MADE ROCK ROLL. It was published in Nov. ' 06 by Voyageur Press, an imprint of Motorbooks. It's the first-ever book about rock & roll and the automobile. I'm not here to sell you anything, just introduce myself, but if you're interested to learn more, check out www.rockindownthehighway.com and in particular, click on 'author blog.' My first true rock & roll experience was hearing THE VENTURES LIVE IN JAPAN, in junior high school, which led me to the Beach Boys, which led me to Motown. Once out on the West Coast, just a month after Woodstock, I was hooked on San Francisco-style psychedelic rock. I've the greatest respect for musicians like the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Graham Parker, Flaco Jimenez, Little Feat, and about 200 others across time and space. I love road trips. I love music that goes along with those road trips. In order to do the ROCKIN' book, I learned about some 4,000 songs which reference cars, trucks, buses, travel, highways, etc. The one song that appears on just about everyone's list of top car songs is . . . Golden Earring's RADAR LOVE. This looks like a great site, and I hope to visit often. Look forward to hearing from you, and learning about your own experiences out on the road. Paul
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