Praise for The Magic Years

The Magic Years remarkably shares how Jon Taplin was on the front lines of so many pivotal and historic events. He has a helluva story to tell. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen a lot of it with my own eyes.”

—Robbie Robertson

The Magic Years reads like a Magical Mystery Tour of music, loss, beauty, family, justice, and social upheaval. Taplin’s natural, engaging style and his family story are central to its great appeal. Reading this book was in part like reading about my own formation, but through the prism of Taplin’s keen eye. He is a deeply thoughtful, moral, and courageous human being, who knew and worked with the most important figures in folk and rock music, both those behind the curtain and those under the lights, and whose social conscience and sense of justice were alive in him from the most tender age. The Magic Years contains true magic, and true inspiration, as do the years, the people, and the story he recalls.”

—Rosanne Cash


 “In 1969, when The Band’s Music From Big Pink was released, it felt like the incense and acid haze hanging over the music had been blown away by a cool mountain breeze. Jon Taplin was present for those days, and for everything that came afterwards. His memoir is as clear and strong as an Adirondack stream. Catch this cannonball.”

—Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, author of Idiot America


“Jon Taplin has lived an extraordinary life during an extraordinary time. I have watched him land on his feet again and again after completing death-defying midair acrobatics. I don’t know if the things in this book actually happened, but I know all of it is true.”

—T Bone Burnett


“It’s uncanny to find someone closely involved in so many iconic events, and with such understanding: Dylan going electric at Newport in 1965, San Francisco in summer 1967, Monterey, Woodstock, on the road with Dylan and the Band in the late ’60s, the making of Music from Big Pink and The Basement Tapes, realizing the cover of the Stones’ Exile on Main St., filming Mean StreetsThe Last Waltz, and Under Fire, and saving Walt Disney from corporate destruction. That’s why you have to read this vital book: despite losses, exhaustion, and compromise, the love and faith in it call us to make a new, glad day.”

—Nigel Smith, William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature, Princeton University