Musician Details His Rise to Fame in San Francisco

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Andrew Bernstein's new book ‘California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness’ is an unvarnished look at an iconic time in music history.

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Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart once said, “There was a community in need of music, and music in need of a community.” That community was San Francisco in the 60s and 70s, and that music was rock ’n’ roll. Presenting every baby boomer’s musical dream, Andrew Bernstein’s “California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness” (published by Xlibris) takes readers on a mesmerizing behind-the-scenes psychedelic journey through San Francisco’s cultural and musical revolution.

The story begins in 1962 with Andy and his then unknown banjo teacher, a young Jerry Garcia, finger picking in a back room at a music studio in Palo Alto and ends in 1980 with Andy sharing joints and good times with the Willie Nelson family. A skinny six-foot-seven-inch Jewish kid (later known as “California Slim”), Andy divided his time between the usual adolescent interests and music, for which he would go on to provide a capital M by promoting and staging concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His Palo Alto nightclub, Homer’s Warehouse, across the street from Stanford University, brought revolutionary musicians to young sensibilities hungry for new driving rhythms.

“California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness” provides a real taste of rock ’n’ roll history and talks about the challenge of discovering the essence of manhood in a society that tried to demean young males.

“California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness”
By Andrew Bernstein
ISBN: 978-1-4797-7045-8
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Xlibris online bookstores

About the Author
In 1969, Andrew Bernstein began working as a creative partner in Crimson Madness; a producer of light shows at Bill Graham’s famed Fillmore West. Bernstein also worked with the legendary B.B. King, Albert King, Iron Butterfly, Boz Skaggs, Grateful Dead, Original Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson and many others. He currently resides in San Francisco.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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