For the first time ever, an member of the Kingsmen has written a book about the song LOUIE LOUIE and the crazy things that happened to the band after the massive succcess of this pop music hit record. Drummer Dick Peterson, who joined the band in December 1963, is the author of a new book entitled “LOUIE LOUIE: Me Gotta Go Now!” This book is published by Authorhouse, and is available in both hardback and paperback editions.
Here’s a little description of the book from the man himself:
Forty years ago, as a member of The Kingsmen, I lived through, or perhaps I should say “survived”, the original pandemonium that surrounded the song. Back then, following an extensive FBI investigation personally directed by J. Edgar Hoover, a federal judge found that our version of the song was “unintelligible at any speed.” His declaration gave the youth of America the nebulosity necessary for the growth of the rumors and accusations that helped create the legend of “Louie Louie”.
Herein the humorous, sometimes unbelievable, details of what really happened to The Kingsmen and “Louie Louie” are revealed for the first time. The never-ending controversy that lies at the heart of this tale is more than just once-upon-a-time history; the legend, the mystery, the wonder of “Louie Louie” live on today.
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