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The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of

Featuring a Conversation, Performance, & Book Signing with Andy Cahan

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome musician and author Andy Cahan for an intimate conversation about his life & career working with music’s biggest stars and his new book The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of, followed by a performance, and a book signing. 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK – The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of:

If you are a rock music fan, you are undoubtedly familiar with such major artists as Harry Nilsson, Little Richard, The Turtles, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Webb, Seals and Crofts, Frank Zappa, Dr. John, Chuck Berry, Kinky Friedman, Lou Reed, Eric Carmen and Jimi Hendrix. 

What you probably don’t know is that all of them, at one point in their career, crossed paths with a musician named Andy Cahan, either musically or in other ways. And those names just scratch the surface! For more than five decades, the New York-born Cahan has served as one of the most in-demand collaborators in the music business, for both studio sessions and live performance work.   

Andy Cahan is truly The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of! 

Now, for the first time, Andy Cahan tells his complete story, in a copiously illustrated memoir that doubles as a virtual history of the American rock music scene from the 1960s to the present day. 

In this detailed memoir, Andy takes us through the entire saga, from his earliest days of playing music to his rise in L.A., his years as a member of The Turtles (of “Happy Together” fame), his work with dozens of famous artists, right up to today. Best of all, each page is lavishly and generously illustrated with photographs from throughout Andy’s life and career—many of them never before published! Andy, fortunately, kept all of his photos and memorabilia in great condition—pictures from gigs and sessions, candid shots of behind-the-scenes hijinks, plus hundreds of advertisements for concerts and record releases—everything from contracts to setlists, reviews, album and 45 RPM single sleeves, newspaper articles and what we now call selfies with some of his close friends and associates in the music world. The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of is not only a great read but a visual treat! 

But best of all are the stories. The diversity and sheer number of amazing people with whom Andy worked is staggering. Just as you think you’ve seen everything he’s done and everyone that Andy Cahan could possibly have worked with, another surprise greets you on the next page. 

Among the many questions answered in The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of

* What eye-opening question did the legendary Little Richard ask Andy when they were on the road together? 

* Why was Chubby Checker, of “The Twist” fame, chasing Andy around a hotel lobby? 

* Why did Ringo Starr choose to work with, then threaten to sue Andy? 

* How did the great actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton scare Andy half to death when they were recording together? 

* How did Andy end up being in a popular band with several of Frank Zappa’s original Mothers of Invention? 

*Why did Dr. John have a close call with the law—while Andy waited for him in the car, sweating it out? 

* What was it like to jam with Jimi Hendrix? 

* Why was Andy billed as a “half man” during one series of tours? 

* Which soft-rock duo took Andy’s advice to change their name, leading to great success? 

* How did Andy become an independent entrepreneur, launching his own record label and demo production company? 

* Why was a 1996 outdoor gig in Michigan the most unusual that Andy ever played? 

* And what was it like to spend many years as a vital member of The Turtles, one of rock’s most beloved hitmaking bands, and with their spinoff group, Flo and Eddie? 

The Most Famous Musician You’ve Never Heard Of is a nonstop rock ’n’ roll joyride, dotted with cameo appearances by such unlikely characters as Al Pacino’s father, Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, Ray Bolger of The Wizard of Oz, and numerous oddball hangers-on, willing young women, music biz charlatans, tragic figures and underrated geniuses, and more! 

It’s all here, in more than 300 pages packed with eye-poppingly cool photos from Andy’s private collection. It’s part scrapbook, part diary and all completely fascinating! 

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