Outlaw Blues

Outlaw Blues

By Jonathan Taplin

  • Release Date : 2011-09-27
  • Genre : Music
  • FIle Size : 370.90 MB
Score: 4.0
From 63 Ratings
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Outlaw Blues Outlaw Blues is a searing tale of the rock and roll and film revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s told by an insider who worked with Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison and Martin Scorsese to change the cultural landscape of America. The book is one of the first Enhanced E-Books with more than 100 video clips embedded throughout the story of the American counter-culture. Though much of the book is centered on a group of musicians and filmmakers that author Jonathan Taplin worked with from 1965-1995, it is also the story of the roots of that era—the rebel artists of America’s past—H.D. Thoreau, Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Orson Welles, Billie Holiday, Allen Ginsberg—the “mad ones” who made us who we are as a culture.

What is unique about the book is that it integrates text, video and music in a unique new format for electronic books. The book’s video clips depict the artists in both performance and interviews. Jonathan Taplin is the Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film, Mean Streets which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries and 12 feature films. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first Video on Demand service delivered over IP Networks.

Outlaw Blues is published by The Annenberg Press and is distributed by the Apple iBooks Store.


  • Disappointing

    By MNnm2
    This book was billed as a history of music. It starts out strong then rambles through a boring self serving autobiography and degenerates into a rant against those who rant the loudest. Ho hum. Save your money.
  • Tamplin the Connector

    By mediagroove
    A sprawling, sometimes rambling but rapid read that connects the best known (and some would say most vital) subcultural and countercultural scenes, movements and moments of the last 115 years of US history. From the children of Emerson, Thoreau and the countercurrent to the mass industrialization of society - to the rebels of every decade - the jazzmen, poets, philosophers and outsiders who pointed out another way to live - Tamplin connects the dots in an entertaining work that uses the power of video clips to elevate the text to a more resonant vista. He leaves us with the question: why did artists hand over the reality-creation engine to the scientists? Perhaps this could be observed in the fact that Rolling Stone was the zeitgeist magazine of the '60s and '70s, so Wired the zeitgeist magazine of the '90s and '00s. What have artists to say that will inform future generations (and the Millenials, too) about our freedoms and the courage to create - not just consume?
  • Addicting and Experiential Reading!

    By Biscuits4Ever
    Wow! I got so into this ebook. A real page-turner. I love the multimedia elements that give the reader the full experience of the subject matter. I think I was born in the wrong decade, because this era was so alive! Taplin really captured the energy, and I enjoyed the different areas of research he covered. I want to be a rebel artist too! Bring it!
  • Visionary

    By 1TimStreet
    Once again Jonathan is ahead of the times. Buy this enhanced eBook and be transported back in time, culture, politics and most of all, artistic freedom.

    By shaq888
    Loved this book. J Taplin really nailed it for me by marrying the technology of imbedded videos and news clips with the writtern word in his book so you get the full experience of walking back with him through the music and movie business. As you look back with Taplin you really get that the joy of those times for all of us was in the journey of these talented people. Definitely glad I checked it out and will recommend it to all my friends. Lee
  • OutLaw Blues

    By Wrmspr
    Great book, great concept, great read -- get it, and you'll be sending copies to your friends!
  • I feel like I have seen the future

    By Barr49ers
    LOVED THIS BOOK! Besides the amazing topic and the well written first hand account of the changing of our culture.... This book is the future of how we are going to read. Why haven't we been reading like this for years?!?!? Thanks for showing us the way Mr. Taplin.