Whether it was snorting fat rails of cocaine off of Abraham Lincoln’s desk in the White House or getting getting busted by the cops while trying to get to a party with The Beatles, Howard Kaylan was there when there was “Smoke on the Water” in Montreaux Switzerland. He has hung out with the biggest names in rock and roll and sang backups on many of the records we play here at KZOK, and he was the lead singer of…The Turtles? But they seemed so nice!
Kaylan’s 50-year rock and roll adventure has taken him from New York to Los Angeles and then to a quiet Eastside suburb. Now that his ears have stopped ringing, he’s decided to tell all; from the beginning with “America’s Beatles” to his adventures with counter-culture icons Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Shell Shocked: My Life With The Turtles, Flo and Eddie, Frank Zappa, Etc. has it all.
The book is chock full of rock and roll excess, inside dirt, and true stories from one of the most turbulent periods in American history. He agreed to share some of them with KZOK over the phone recently…take a listen:
Find more on Howard’s website here.