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(Things We Lost in the Night #1)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  32 reviews
IN THIS FAST-MOVING ADVENTURE AND ROMANCE-FILLED MEMOIR THAT READS LIKE A NOVEL, A young Midwestern singer and his vocalist friends experience the transformative power of love, loss, and music in a chaotic West Coast adventure in the1960s. If you liked memoirs from Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Robertson, Carly Simon, Keith Richards, and Patti Smith, you're sure to enjoy Night ...more
Paperback, ARC edition, 466 pages
Published June 2015 by Claremont Village Press
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Larry Dunlap I think this is a fascinating question. While it's true that revolution was in the air and a questioning of authority brought on by a questionable war…moreI think this is a fascinating question. While it's true that revolution was in the air and a questioning of authority brought on by a questionable war in Vietnam and the loss of innocence in the fall of Camelot, I think there was an under-considered foundational change that occurred with the public availability of birth control in the early Sixties. It gave better than half the human beings in our race a freedom not known since before the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. I think this freedom shook the accepted relationship between the sexes in more ways than have been documented. Freed from the result of a random act, women had the ability to control their reproductive cycle and compete on an equal footing with men, and it affected everything from the Peace and Love movement and Free Love, to the highest points in our society. Women began to demand equality and to see themselves something beyond just a marriage partner. I think I could fill up another book with the far-reaching dynamics of this event, that began in the early Sixties and blossomed at the end of the decade.(less)
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June McCarty
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things we lost in the Night is a memoir that chronicles one restless young man's journey from the innocence of his Indiana school choir, to the raucous rock music scene in San Francisco and Las Vegas of the swinging 'sixties. Larry Dunlap joins his high school band mates on a whim in LA and quickly finds himself part of a budding rock band. The group sleeps on the floors of houses of sympathetic groupies and with barely enough money to buy sandwiches and sodas, they launch their act in seedy bar ...more
David Haldane
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larry Dunlap provides a smooth stroll -- or should I say a not-so-smooth tumble -- through an era highly significant in American history, not only to those who lived through it but, perhaps even more importantly, to those born in its aftermath. To those of us who were there, the landscape is familiar: uncertainty, personal turbulence, conflict and confusion -- all justified by the unshakable sense that what we were doing was new, revolutionary, unprecedented and absolutely irresistible. Dunlap t ...more
When I looked at the title I thought what the . . . ? Then I started reading. Each chapter had something a little different and none was what I expected. Since I lived in the same era I found that I identified with so much in the book. The outlook on life during those times. Frankly, I am sure that Larry wrote this book for me personally and it should intrigue anyone interested in a graphic and true account of life in those times.
Also it was written with such flair that it kept you in the story
Rick Stepp-Bolling
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Things We Lost in the Night by Larry Dunlap is a must read for anyone who is interested in understanding the music industry in the 1960s. Larry Dunlap takes the reader on a personal journey when he writes about his life with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves, an influential band that played in Vegas, San Francisco, and Hollywood during the tumultuous sixties. The book follows Larry Dunlap during his early years in Indianapolis and then onto California when he joined his fellow band members struggl ...more
Meg Murray
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night People by Larry J. Dunlap is an incredibly entertaining biography that reads like fiction. Who wouldn't get lost in a real-life story that comes across more like a movie script (this should be a movie script)? The storyline is not so far-fetched that you can't fathom that any of this took place, though. In fact, it has the perfect balance of excitement because you know this all happened, yet it's not rehashed stories and scenarios that make you lose interest. This book is authentic....the ...more
Chris Tunnah
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night People (Things We Lost in the #1) by Larry J. Dunlap is a true life adventure not to be missed.

I have gained such an appreciation for up and coming bands. The trials and the pitfalls are numerous as Larry recounts them. The rewards can be worth it though.

I appreciated the chance to read an advanced copy and found it very entertaining. I can't think of any negatives other than some of the band's group and individual experiences.
This was a gem. So nice to get a peek into the roc
Sylvia Hyde
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things We Lost in the Night (Book 1 of Night People), A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with STARK NAKED and the CAR THIEVES by Larry J Dunlap took me spiraling back to my youth in Indianapolis in the 1960s. Dunlap and I are connected through North Methodist, where he sang in the adult choir while I wore the children’s robes, and through North Central High School, where he sang for Don Martin and graduated 9 years before I did.

Memoir is a difficult genre, but Dunlap avoids the pitfalls of t
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic invitation into the life of Larry Dunlap of the 60's rock band, Stark Naked and the Car Thieves! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Larry's memoir and experiencing his defeats and triumphs with him through his vivid writing. As most would say, the 60's were definitely an era that was in to drugs, sex, and rock n' roll, well, there is not denying that all of these attributes will be found within this book. The reader is definitely drawn in to this book and can empathize with Larry. He ...more
Linda Diaz
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Larry Dunlap has opened my eyes to the inner-workings of a musician. I have always been interested in the history, politics, social, and music scene of the 1960s. It is an era that I would time-travel to, if only I could. And I don’t mean for that to sound silly!

Stark Naked And The Car Thieves is band name not easily forgotten. I embarked on a journey of a lifetime with Larry and his fellow buddies. From Indiana to California, the music is what kept Larry going. It felt as if most things were po
Betty Yoder
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Step back in time! What a good memoir of the early 60s and the struggle most young vocalists and bands had to go through to be even a little bit successful in their goals to perform. Seems like you had to be quite good to just make ends meet and try to keep going with little or no help from others. Managers, agents, and the like,.always want a cut on the action, plus naïve "kids", even with a good sound, trying to just get by, is near impossible. Stark Naked with Larry's help did a good job with ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night People is Larry Dunlap’s memoir chronicling his time and experiences of building a rock band during the 1960’s. Larry’s story begins as a 24 year old living in Indianapolis, where life as he knows it is falling apart. His small band had had some success locally, but is sputtering out as his bandmates and friends are leaving to try to make it out in California. Larry is also losing his relationship with his wife and two sons, and is back living with his parents. His friends call from Califo ...more
Stephen Hamilton
The passion and talent of Larry Dunlap was first displayed with his performance with the singing group STARK NAKED and the CAR THIEVES during the 60s. Now he has displayed that same energy and talent as the author of his memoir, “THINGS we LOST in the NIGHT.” Creativity is displayed through this thoughtful title as it represents the author’s transition from mundane existence to the complex heights of success in the music industry. As the reader will quickly learn, that choices and life style sel ...more
J.L. Clayton
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rock and Roll baby

NIGHT PEOPLE, the first book in an intimate literary memoir, follows the first three of six years in the life of a young singer and his Midwestern friends as they strive for success in a coming-of-age music- and romance-filled journey in 1960s-era California and Las Vegas by Author Larry J. Dunlap

So a friend of mine told me about this book: Night People. She said I would love it, yet I was skeptical because I'm not a nonfiction reader, however; my friend has really good taste
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The author, Larry J Dunlap, has done a remarkable job taking the reader on a personal journey of what it was really like to live back in the 1960's during the rise of Rock and Roll. While I've heard stories, or maybe just imagined what it was like back then, this has really taken me inside the life of those who lived it. This book begins in Indiana where a young man has just lost everything that seemed important to him. After a little discussion with each parent, Larry decides ...more
Dennis Yoder
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! This is a real insight as to what these small bands, good or bad, had to go through to get dates and gigs to play. These guys were good and yet had to work and work, giving up freedom, time, and even a good meal sometimes, to show others what they had. As good friends, bonding through "job hunting" they managed to succeed at what they did. Usually to earn a living is up to just one person, yourself, and even though things weren't always perfect, as a group, they worked together to ma ...more
Steve McCarthy
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OK, I have to say, "Night People" is not a topic that jumps to the top of my list of want to reads. I was thankfully surprised by how good a book this is! It's more than a look inside the 60s music biz, it's a detailed portrait of an era from the perspective of a fairly normal, average guy. It's not a History of Vast Epic Issues, it's an intimate look at who we were during an era of profound change in American society. "Night People" is well written with a terrific feel for the time. All of you ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Larry has led interesting life. I relate to much of the 60s era, but have never seen through the lens of a rock star life. I don't want to say too much because I don't like spoilers myself. He rubbed elbows with a lot of important people in the rock world. But, most important; Larry rocks. ...more
Marc Ballon
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a rock and roll junkie. I have probably owned more than 2,000 CDs in my life and attended more than 200 concerts. An avid reader, I have also consumed scores of music biographies and memoirs, including tomes by Keith Richards, Grace Slick, Steven Tyler, John Densmore and Phil Lesh. All too often, though, my rock heroes disappoint with shallow and predictable tales short on emotion but high on sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Larry Dunlap’s memoir, “Night People: A Memoir of Love and Music in t
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night People is the first of two books that make up "Things We Lost in the Night, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves," takes place in the 1960s music business in California and Nevada, and tells of a group of friends in a rock band who migrate to California, reunite to make music, and find themselves unexpectedly on the cutting edge of nightclubs and Vegas showrooms - venues entirely outside of their experience as musicians.

From Larry J. Dunlap's early, ev
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
How does a band get a name like Stark Naked and the Car Thieves?
Make a smart remark in the wrong place and show up for work to find your future changed.
An enthralling memoir of a classic era among American rock and roll history.
I did, at points, wonder if Larry's recollection of certain events was a bit revisionist, but no matter. I was caught up in his story and relationships and couldn't walk away before the end.
I will pick up the second volume.

Free love, cheap and plentiful drugs but tough ti
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This insightful memoir gives us a glimpse of a young white adult male and his band trying to make it in the music business during the 1960’s. We are with them through the various highs and lows, cities and venues, and the very human aspects of their newly-budding career. The perspective and norms of that era are well-established in this book. Choices made, good or bad, shape the lead character throughout, and we have a front row seat on his life during that time. We discover how much this man wa ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed reading this book. It is a great slice of life book with wonderful insight into the creation of a band and the effort it took to turn it into a career. The story sometimes strays and there were many sections that I wished were shorter or edited out. The sections did not add to the story making the book much longer than it needed to be.
It was fun to read about the band, their practices, performances, love affairs, and
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! I just loved this one!! It made me wish I was old enough to be part of the 60's music scene. Larry Dunlap did a super job on this one and I can't wait to read Book 2. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy. ...more
Bobby Norman
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An artist of any form walks a tight rope over a bottomless abyss. It's a scary thing to wake up in the morning with no one to make you do it. When it seems you're the only one who believes. That you're not wasting precious time. No punch clock. No supervisor. Just what your heart demands of you. Larry Dunlap's Things We Lost In The Night bleeds for all of us. ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and thought-provoking read about a young man and his fellow band members following their musical dreams.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set against the backdrop of West Coast, Night People, the first installment of the engrossing, intimate memoir, traces the first three of six years in the life of young members of a rock-and-roll vocal group as they struggle to succeed in the 1960s historic era of cultural, musical, and sexual upheaval. In a leisurely, insightful prose, Dunlap interweaves young protagonist’s threads of life with his band’s ups and downs as his marriage to his high-school sweetheart disintegrates.

Dunlap’s sympat
Dec 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

I received this book for review, but the cover put me off reading. Then when I attempted to read it, I couldn’t get through the dry text of the first chapter. It has been sitting on my shelf to be read for at least 2 years, so it is time for it to go.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1960's Rock and Roll

Great nostalgic trip back to the 60's. Enjoyed reading about the ups and downs of Stark Naked and the Car Thieves. Every time a cover song was mentioned I had to sing it to myself.
It was interesting to be there with Larry as he looked back on his life and what he gave up to pursue his one true passion of being a rock and roll singer with his core group of long time friends.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
I received this book in exchange for a review
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I won this book. I was disappointed in it. It was too long and disoriented and I rushed through the end of it. Rock and roll band? Maybe. Cover band. Definitely. After awhile I just was not interested about the band. I wanted to hear what happened to the lead character's children and his family. What was he doing besides just going from gig to gig? Did not care about the drugs or all the women. ...more
Vicki Drane
A must read

I highly recommend this book. It is so rich in musical history, life experiences, love, loss, and the up and down journey of pursuing your dreams. It is a novel that moved me deeply, and had me emotionally invested from the moment I began reading it. It is one of the best books I have every read.
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Larry J. Dunlap is the author of the recently completed THINGS WE LOST IN THE NIGHT, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves in two volumes: NIGHT PEOPLE: Book 1, followed by ENCHANTED: Book 2.

"Though I'd always wanted to be a creative writer from my youth, my writing career didn't begin until late in life as a pencil-for-hire, technical and training writer for

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