Taplin, Jonathan

Jonathan Taplin


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Jonathan Taplin is an author and director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s book Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, published by Little, Brown & Co., was nominated by the Financial Times as one of the Best Business Books of 2017. Taplin has produced music and film for Bob Dylan and the Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and many others. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first streaming Video On Demand Platform in 1996. Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He was a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism from 2003 to 2016. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently sits on the boards of The Authors Guild, Americana Music Association, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Council on Technology and Innovation. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Medium, the Washington Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal.


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The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life

The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life


Hardcover, 6 x 9. ISBN: 9781597145251. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Jonathan Taplin


Jonathan Taplin’s extraordinary journey has put him at the crest of every major cultural wave in the past half century: he was tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band in the 60s, producer of major films in the 70s, an executive at Merrill Lynch in the 80s, creator of the Internet’s first Video-on-Demand service in the 90s, and a cultural critic and author writing about technology in the new millennium. His is a lifetime marked not only by good timing but by impeccable instincts—from the folk scene of Woodstock, to Hollywood’s rebellious film movement and beyond, Taplin is not just a witness but a lifelong producer, the right-hand man to some of the greatest talents of both pop culture and the underground.

With cameos by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Martin Scorsese, and countless other icons, The Magic Years is both a rock memoir and a work of cultural criticism from a key player who watched a nation turn from idealism to nihilism. Taplin offers a clear-eyed roadmap of how we got here and makes a convincing case for art’s power to deliver us from “passionless detachment” and rekindle our humanism.


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The Magic Years remarkably shares how Jon Taplin was on the front lines of so many pivotal and historic events. He has a helluva story to tell. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen a lot of it with my own eyes.”

ROBBIE ROBERTSON

“Jonathan Taplin has lived many lives and all of them have intersected with greatness. In this candid, insightful memoir, he chronicles his collaboration with seminal artists, including Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and Martin Scorsese. This is a fascinating insider perspective of a time that forever changed music and film.”

 —DON HENLEY

The Magic Years reads like a Magical Mystery Tour of music, loss, beauty, family, justice, and social upheaval. Taplin’s natural, engaging style and his family story are central to its great appeal. Reading this book was in part like reading about my own formation, but through the prism of Taplin’s keen eye. He is a deeply thoughtful, moral, and courageous human being, who knew and worked with the most important figures in folk and rock music, both those behind the curtain and those under the lights, and whose social conscience and sense of justice were alive in him from the most tender age. The Magic Years contains true magic, and true inspiration, as do the years, the people, and the story he recalls.”

ROSANNE CASH

“Jon Taplin has lived an extraordinary life during an extraordinary time. I have watched him land on his feet again and again after completing death-defying midair acrobatics. I don’t know if the things in this book actually happened, but I know all of it is true.”

T BONE BURNETT

The Magic Years disproves Robin Williams’s famous line: Jon Taplin remembers the sixties (and seventies and beyond) and he was definitely there, as a maker and impresario—with Bob Dylan and the Beatles and the Stones and (especially) the Band and Martin Scorsese, among others, then inventing an online movie service years before Netflix existed and getting threatened and roughed up by Harvey Weinstein. It’s an enviably rich life that he chronicles with unfailing charm and menschy generosity.”

KURT ANDERSEN, author of Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

“As a young man, Jon Taplin was present at Bob Dylan’s segue from folk to rock, for the entire career of the Band, and for the beginning of Martin Scorsese’s directorial oeuvre. He recreates these times with moral clarity but without a hint of cynicism and with a heartfelt appreciation for the unique cultural moments he witnessed. Fortunately, Taplin is also a formidable writer whose wit, attention to detail, and gift for turning a phrase makes The Magic Years a book worthy of its legendary subjects.”

 —DANNY GOLDBERG, author of Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

“In 1969, when the Band’s Music from Big Pink was released, it felt like the incense and acid haze hanging over the music had been blown away by a cool mountain breeze. Jon Taplin was present for those days, and for everything that came afterwards. His memoir is as clear and strong as an Adirondack stream. Catch this cannonball.”

CHARLES P. PIERCE, author of Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

“It’s uncanny to find someone closely involved in so many iconic events, and with such understanding: Dylan going electric at Newport in 1965, San Francisco in summer 1967, Monterey, Woodstock, on the road with Dylan and the Band in the late ’60s, the making of Music from Big Pink and The Basement Tapes, realizing the cover of the Stones’ Exile on Main St., filming Mean StreetsThe Last Waltz, and Under Fire, and saving Walt Disney from corporate destruction. That’s why you have to read this vital book: despite losses, exhaustion, and compromise, the love and faith in it call us to make a new, glad day.” 

NIGEL SMITH, William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature, Princeton University

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jonathan Taplin is an author and director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s book Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, published by Little, Brown & Co., was nominated by the Financial Times as one of the Best Business Books of 2017. Taplin has produced music and film for Bob Dylan and the Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and many others. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first streaming Video On Demand Platform in 1996. Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He was a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism from 2003 to 2016. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently sits on the boards of The Authors Guild, Americana Music Association, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Council on Technology and Innovation. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Medium, the Washington Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal.


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Redress is is the true and untold story of the Japanese American Citizens League’s fight for an official government apology and compensation for the imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Author John Tateishi, himself the leader of the JACL Redress Committee for many years, is first to admit that the task was herculean in scale. The campaign was seeking an unprecedented admission of wrongdoing from Congress. It depended on a unified effort but began with an acutely divided community: for many, the shame of “camp” was so deep that they could not even speak of it; money was a taboo subject; the question of the value of liberty was insulting. Besides internal discord, the American public was largely unaware that there had been concentration camps on US soil, and Tateishi knew that concessions from Congress would only come with mass education about the government’s civil rights violations. Beyond the backroom politicking and verbal fisticuffs that make this book a swashbuckling read, Redress is the story of a community reckoning with what it means to be both culturally Japanese and American citizens; how to restore honor; and what duty it has to protect such harms from happening again. This book has powerful implications as the idea of reparations shapes our national conversation.

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John Tateishi


John Tateishi, born in Los Angeles, was incarcerated from ages three to six at Manzanar, one of America’s ten World War II concentration camps. He studied English Lit at UC Berkeley and attended UC Davis for graduate studies. He played important roles in leading the campaign for Japanese American redress, and as the JACL director, used the lessons of the campaign to help ensure that the rights of this nation’s Arab and Muslim communities were protected after 9/11. Visit his website at johntateishi.com.


The Curious World of Seaweed

The Curious World of Seaweed


Hardcover, 7 x 9, 256 pages, 350 full-color photographs and black-and-white images throughout. ISBN: 9781597144827. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Josie Iselin


Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent—a place of incomparable richness. Each species receives a detailed description of its structure, its ecological importance, and humans’ scientific inquiry into it, told in scientifically illuminating yet deeply reverent and inspired prose. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature, Marimekko-like portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors—whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green—and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Josie Iselin is author of eight books that focus on those forms in nature we find at hand—in particular, at the beach. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. For over twenty years Josie has used her flatbed scanner and computer to generate imagery. She is still captivated by the fluidity with which this technique allows her to render and design with three-dimensional objects. Her writing and art focused on seaweeds, kelp, and sea otter put her on the forefront of ocean activism, collaborating with scientists and groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. As a fine artist, Josie exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries and museums, and she has designed a line of luxury scarves and shower curtains. She hopes that celebrating the ordinary wonders we find at the beach will bring thoughtfulness and stewardship to this extraordinary place of discovery. Visit her website at josieiselin.com.


Clarke, Oscar F.

Oscar F. Clarke


Oscar F. Clarke established the Herbarium at the University of California, Riverside, and studied and taught natural history throughout his life. Supported by his wife, Marsia Alexander-Clarke, Oscar assembled a team to complete Flora of the Santa Ana River and Environs, which represents a culmination of a lifetime of natural history study.


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Taylor, Nick

Nick Taylor


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Nick Taylor’s debut novel, The Disagreement (Simon & Schuster), won the 2009 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at the University of Virginia, Taylor is currently an assistant professor of English and comparative literature at San Jose State University.


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Freeman, Laura

Laura Freeman


Laura Freeman is a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honoree. Her work on Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, was recognized with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children, reached the New York Times Best Seller list and was listed as one of “Ten Books All Georgians Should Read”. Her art has been honored at the Society of Illustrators in NYC and in the Annuals for Communication Arts and American Illustration.

She has illustrated over thirty children’s books. In addition to illustrating books, Laura’s art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards. And her editorial images are frequently seen in the NY Times and other periodicals.

She is a native New Yorker residing in Atlanta with her husband, two sons, two cats and a fish. Visit her website, lfreemanart.com.


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Miller, Adam David

Adam David Miller


David Miller has worked in northern California for four decades as a teacher, writer, poet, editor, publisher, and radio and television producer. He has won many awards, including the Bay Area Writing Project’s Teachers as Writers Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Wertz, Michael

Michael Wertz


Michael Wertz is an illustrator and printer whose clients include the San Francisco Chronicle; Bill Graham Presents; Chronicle Books; the de Young Museum; the Exploratorium; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Gingko Press; Oaklandish; Random House; the New York Times; Nike; the Oakland Museum of California; Scholastic; SFMOMA; the United Way; and Wired. He is the author of A Dazzling Display of Dogs and A Curious Collection of Cats, and he lives in beautiful Oakland, California. His website is wertzateria.com.


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Cole, Tom

Tom Cole


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Tom Cole has visited the planet’s near- and far-flung corners for many years, leading treks and exotic tours and writing for an adventure travel company. He is currently a Respected Elder at one of the world’s great safari companies. He lives in the Northern California Wine Country with his wife, Mary Marenka Poxon.


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Tripp, Analisa

Analisa Tripp


Analisa Tripp is an artist, a writer, and an auntie to fourteen nieces and nephews. She is a graduate of the Native American Studies Program at UC Berkeley. Over the years she has had the privilege of working with youth of all ages as a nanny, preschool teacher, elementary and high school tutor, and university recruiter. A member of the Karuk Tribe, she currently lives with her family in their ancestral territory located in beautiful northwestern California.


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Ritter, Matt

Matt Ritter


Matt Ritter studies cultivated trees and trees that escape cultivation. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in plant development biology. He is currently a botany professor in the biological sciences department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He has authored numerous scientific papers about plants and contributed to botanical references including the upcoming second edition of the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California and the Flora of North America Project. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the Ray Collett Visiting Scholar at the UC Santa Cruz arboretum, teaches for the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, and is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee. Visit his website at: mattritter.net.


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