About Harvey Kubernik
Harvey Kubernik is a Los Angeles native and a Southern California resident. Kubernik has been an active music journalist since 1972, and a record producer since 1979. He is a former West Coast Director of A&R for MCA Records. While at the label he suggested the pairing of engineer turned producer, Jimmy Iovine, to helm Tom Petty’s debut album for the company and also instrumental in the signing of John Hiatt to MCA.
Kubernik’s hardcover 384-page book, “Canyon Of Dreams,” his history on the Laurel Canyon musical legacy, is published by Sterling/Barnes & Noble on October 2, 2009. The volume will incorporate over 350 rare and unseen music-related visuals and artifacts and spotlights over 200 Henry Diltz photos. Doors’ Ray Manzarek has penned the book’s introduction and Lou Adler wrote the Afterword to Kubernik’s endeavor.
Kubernik’s debut hardcover book, This Is Rebel Music: The Harvey Kubernik InnerViews, was published in 2004 by the University of New Mexico Press. The author’s second book, Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Musician Film and on Your Screen, was published in January 2007 by the same UNM Press.
Kubernik’s literary work appear in several book anthologies, including The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats and Drinking with Bukowski.
In May 2006, Kubernik contributed the liner note essay for the Water Records CD reissue of Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish album, originally produced by Jerry Wexler in 1965 for the Atlantic Records label. Kubernik also wrote the liner notes on the expanded re-release of The Ramones’ End of the Century CD in 2002 on the Rhino/WMG label and was project coordinator of the recording set The Jack Kerouac Collection for the same label.
In November 2006, Kubernik was a featured speaker discussing audiotape preservation and archiving at the special hearings called by The Library of Congress.
In 2007, Kubernik conducted the extensive 32-page interview with Brian Wilson utilized in his worldwide concert tour program.
In 2008, Kubernik wrote the liner notes for the Sony/BMG Records release of the deluxe edition of Carole King’s Tapestry album and also penned the 5,400-word liner note booklet for the Sony/BMG Records 4-CD box set, Elvis Presley ’68 Special.
In 2009, Kubernik penned the feature essay and conducted the stand alone interview for the Genesis Publications book with Wilson for his “That Lucky Old Son” collaboration with famed artist Peter Blake published in July. There will be 1,000 limited edition signed books and will retail for 750 pounds in the U.K.
In April 2009, Kubernik contributed a liner note for Rhino/WMG’s “Where The Action Is! Nuggets Los Angeles 1965-1968” 4 CD box set that is released in September 2009.
Harvey Kubernik’s writings have been published nationally and internationally over the last third of a century in Melody Maker, The Los Angeles Free Press, Crawdaddy!, Musician, Record Collector, Goldmine, MIX, The Los Angeles Times, MOJO, Discoveries, UNCUT, Music Life, Classic Rock, HITS, and Record Collector News.
In 1976-1981 Kubernik provided studio session percussion efforts for producer Kim Fowley for his album production of the Runaways, and later for producer Phil Spector on his recordings and albums from Leonard Cohen, the Paley Brothers, and the Ramones. Kubernik subsequently produced over fifty spoken word, poetry and music albums in the last twenty five years.