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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.