New LOUIE LOUIE book from an actual member of Kingsmen

Louie book

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.

You can order the book directly from the website.

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7 comments to New LOUIE LOUIE book from an actual member of Kingsmen

  • rosso

    This is the book and author I am a part of. Can you send this to everyone you know. The book has just been released and Penny Marshal is looking at the screen play. (My fingers are crossed.)

  • nancy Fry

    I listened to K-Earth 101 this morning & was very impressed with how the song was such a contraversial one. I had got into a little argument with a freind, & they had said nothing took place as I said, & now I have proof how much so it was. I am looking forward as you said you would be in L.A soon to play. Please update me as I would really love to be there. Nancy

  • Hey Dick: Congratulations on a fabulous book! I started reading it yesterday and can’t put it down. I did skim ahead and noticed your kind comments about Dick and I (Dick and Dee Dee). I wanted you to know that I just published a book as well, “Vinyl Highway,” singing as Dick and Dee Dee in the Sixties. I worked four and a half years on my book. How long did it take you to write Louie Louie? You did a great job with the narrative non fiction. Please contact me. I’d like to talk to you about the book ([email protected])
    Best Wishes,
    Dee Dee

  • Dick: Loved the song,Loved the book. And I love stories with happy endings. Of the five bands I was in, four of them played that song. We also did your arrangement of”Money” and “Lupe Lu”. Thanks for the memories,Dick. Best of luck in the future.

  • ken and renee johnson

    my husband and I just wanted to say congrats on the new book louie louie. We got a copy from Margret johnson. whos your cousin and the sister to my husband ken. Shirley johnson is their mother and Raymond johnson was their dad. we live in la pine oregon. We are looking forward to your louie louie concert at ka-nee-ta this month on the 20th of march. Hope we can get you and the other band members to sign the book for mom.Maybe you could give a surprise and call her shes the book.

  • Fabian Benischek

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

  • Harry Kleinman

    Dick, I’d like to write a screenplay based on your book. Half true, half made-up FBI agents – young cool agents and old fogey agents. I’d let you read and approve the script before pitching it. Please contact me. Thanks.

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