It’s been since 2008 that I’ve had a new book out, and did the New York/Los Angeles book tour thing. It’s always been a lot of fun, and the new one is a good excuse for just that kind of blast. It’s a collaboration with Theme Park designer Christopher Merritt, called Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier (2014 Process Media, foreword by Brian Wilson).
I hope to see you at the event in town nearest you. Below the tour dates, I’ve posted some brief slide shows from a couple of websites, featuring photos from our book. Another interesting part is that the book features a downloadable audio element, some of which you’ll hear on the radio shows mentioned.
LISTEN: Sunday, July 6: WFMU, “The Gaylord Fields Show,” 6 p.m. New York time, 3 p.m. California time. Artists who performed at P.O.P. (Ritchie Valens, Sam Cooke, Dick Dale, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, The Pink Floyd etc.) and ride sound effects will be featured.
Monday, July 7 @ 6 p.m. Barnes & Noble (Tribeca), 97 Warren Street, New York, New York 10007 (212) 587-5389 slide show and talk (Free)
Tuesday, July 8, @ 8 p.m. Spoonbill & Sugartown (Williamsburg), 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211 (718) 387-7322 slide show and talk (Free)
Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Stories Book Store (Echo Park), 1716 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028 (213) 413-3733 with live music from The Unclaimed and Willow Willow. (Free)
LISTEN: Friday, July 11, KXLU “Stray Pop With Stella,” (after 11 p.m. California time, after 2 a.m. New York time) Artists who performed at P.O.P. (Ritchie Valens, Sam Cooke, Dick Dale, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, The Pink Floyd etc.) and ride sound effects will be featured.
Saturday, July 12, 4 p.m. Book Soup (Sunset Strip), 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069 (310) 659-3110 with slide show plus special guests Skip Engblom and Anthony Friedkin from Dogtown and Z-Boys. (Free)
Sunday, July 13, 8-10:30 a.m. Micechat brunch, slide lecture and book signing, ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney, 1545 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802 (714) 300-3776 (Event Only: $29.00, with book purchase $49.99)
Sunday, July 13, 2 p.m. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, California 90401 (310) 395-2290 with slide show plus Sea Horse from Pacific Ocean Park entrance plus seven Earl Newman silk screen P.O.P. posters on display. (Free)
HAVE A PREVIEW LOOK AT “PACIFIC OCEAN PARK: THE RISE AND FALL OF LOS ANGELES SPACE AGE NAUTICAL PLEASURE PIER”
Neptune’s Courtyard, The Mahi Mahi Tower Mystery Island (“Tiki” ride) and others @ Boing Boing:
Los Angeles magazine slide show, with article by Chris Nichols:
Thanks for diggin’ in, and hope to see you soon,