IMAGINE YOU LIVE IN INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA in the early 60s and you love singing with your buddies just for fun until you are suddenly dropped into the San Francisco music scene just before the summer of 1965. You can stay if you can find a way to turn your singing group into a rock and roll band in less than a week! And you must be willing to sacrifice and leave everything else you love behind.
NIGHT PEOPLE, an intimate literary memoir, follows the first three, of six, years in the life of a young singer and three vocalist friends as they strive for success in a coming-of-age music and romance-filled journey in mid-60s California and Las Vegas. As Larry and his friends survive their first challenge they begin a rise to unexpected highs and plunge into spirit-breaking lows that will make them the model for Three Dog Night, take them to dangerous mob-run nightclubs, Las Vegas showrooms and backrooms, and famous Hollywood nightclubs. Ahead for them are celebrity managers, famous recording studios, and passionate romance. Everything Larry thought he knew about life will be challenged, as he tries to adapt to a new way of life, a new companion and lover, and the things he finds, and loses, in the tumultuous nights he now inhabits.
Stage lights silhouette the crowd when the curtain goes up. The stomach butterflies disappear with the throbbing pulse of a bass guitar intro. Tomorrow holds no promise of a pay-check, but tonight people pay to hear you sing–and that heady rush alone feels like a naked drug racing you higher.
Dunlap recalls the mid-to-late sixties when he sang with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves, a rock band that rose to modest fame in North Beach, Hollywood, L.A., and Las Vegas. Whether or not you remember the swift intoxicating music of that era or the seismic shift of mores that burst from the free-love movement, this memoir captures the beat of that misty time when the country suffered “a growing thirst for individual freedom, a desire to escape from an ever-darkening shadow of war, and a national hangover following the public murder of a young and popular president.”
More raconteur than writer, Dunlap cuts deep into the psyche of his own free fall that took an Indiana boy away from his home town, wife and children, and cast him on the top of a nightclub heap, lost in a world of glitter and lights.
“Dreams can become real in a place where people believe anything’s possible.”
- Steph Rodriguez