California Dreaming Now Out For Backers!

I just sent a link to the mobi and epub versions of California Dreaming for all the Kickstarter backers and all backers of my Patreon at the $5 or more level.
If you back either of those and haven’t received an email, do let me know (check the Kickstarter and Patreon pages first, though, as it should be visible to all backers of the appropriate levels).
As I reported in December, when I sent the 50,000-word version out, the book has now expanded to 90,000 words and covers the 60s LA scene in far more detail than I originally planned. You’ll now get to find out about the time Davy Jones wrote a song about Captain Beefheart’s shoes, the time Lowell George wrote a song in the style of Napoleon XIV, and which famous voodoo rock song has a chorus meaning “cornbread, coffee, and molasses”, along with much more.
Over the next two weeks I’ll be formatting the book for print (mostly things like creating an index), and I’ll also fix any errors I find in the ebooks and upload a revised version then, so let me know if there are any formatting problems. Once I have the print books done, I’ll need the postal addresses of anyone who ordered those (and the title of any other books you want in the tiers with multiple books). Only after physical backer copies have been sent out will the book go on general sale.
My apologies to backers for the delay, and my thanks for your support. I think and hope that this will be worth it for anyone who likes my work, but the book is far, far bigger than I originally planned.
Getting the final 20% of the book done (all material that’s not in the blog posts) took pretty much all my writing time for the last few months, and now it’s finally done I’ll be able to get back to writing other stuff here, so thanks as well for the patience of everyone who *isn’t* interested in this but does want posts about Batman and the Lib Dems.
I think this is a good book, but I am more glad than you can know to *HAVE IT DONE*.

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2 Responses to California Dreaming Now Out For Backers!

  1. Dear Andrew,

    I am very pleased to inform you that your book, California Dreaming: The LA Pop Music Scene and the 60s, has been nominated for the 2016 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research:
    For the books to be considered for an award, please send one copy to each the judges at the addresses below. I realize that sending review copies is not without cost; if you would prefer to send PDF copies, that is perfectly fine.

    I would appreciate receiving an e-mail confirmation that you are able to fulfill this request, so that I might notify our judges accordingly.

    The goal of the ARSC Awards program is to recognize and draw attention to the finest work now being published in the field of recorded sound research. We thank you for your participation and support, and invite you to refer to this nomination in any future publicity concerning this text.

    The winners will be announced by September, and the awards will be presented during a banquet at ARSC’s annual conference in May 2017. Additional information about ARSC, the awards, and this year’s conference may be found on the ARSC website at

    If you have any additional questions, please contact me immediately.


    Roberta Freund Schwartz,
    Co-Chair, Awards Committee
    Association for Recorded Sound Collections

  2. Andrew Hickey says:

    I shall be in touch with PDF copies this evening. I’m pleasantly shocked to be nominated, and honoured.

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