About Harvey Kubernik

Harvey Kubernik:  Literary, Music, Television, Film, Biography

LosAngeles native Harvey Kubernik has been an active music journalist for over 48 years and the author of 15 books.

In April 2017 Harvey Kubernik wrote and assembled 1967-A Complete Rock History Of The Summer of Love for the same company. The book has been a critical success. Visit Kubernik’s Korner at www.otherworldcottageindustries.com for national and internal reviews of the title.   

In July of 2017, Harvey Kubernik appeared at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio as part of their distinguished Author Series discussing his 1967 A Complete Rock History of the Summer of Love. Kubernik delivered a lecture, and participated in a Q. and A. session with the venue’s curator and audience.

In July 2017, Sterling/Barnes and Noble Publishing inked a book agreement with Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik to write and assemble The Story of the Band From Big Pink to The Last Waltz which chronicles their influential musical career from 1966-1976. The book was published in November 2018.

In April 2014, Harvey Kubernik’s book, Turn Up the Radio! Rock, Pop and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972, was published by Santa Monica Press and garnered global praise. On September 14, 2014 in conjunction with The Los Angeles Public Library, Harvey Kubernik presented an oral and visual journey slide show production based on his Turn Up The Radio! book for the non-profit organization Photo Friends that supports the Los Angeles Public Library’s Photo Collection/History & Genealogy Department.

On September 21, 2014, Palazzo Editions published the heralded Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows, a coffee-table-size volume with narrative and oral history written by Harvey Kubernik. Currently published in six foreign languages,  in spring 2016, the title was published in China and Russia.

Palazzo Editions arranged Kubernik’s music and recording study illustrated history book, Neil Young, Heart of Gold was published in November, 2015, by Hal Leonard (US), Omnibus Press (UK), Monte Publishing (Canada) and Hardie Grant (Australia), that coincided with Young’s 70th birthday.  A German edition was also published for May, 2016.

In December 2017, Harvey Kubernik’s debut literary collection was made available from Cave Hollywood Books. The compilation of interviews, essays and multi-voice narratives are culled from content on www.cavehollywood.com.   

Harvey has just started researching and working on a book on the legendary soul singer Jackie Wilson and a study of Brunswick Records. In spring 2019 a Kubernik book endeavor is set for publication announcement scheduled for September 2020 retail outlets.     

Harvey Kubernik’s first book, This Is Rebel Music was published in 2002, and Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Music In Film and on Your Screen in 2004 also published by the University of New Mexico Press.

In 2009 Harvey Kubernik wrote the critically acclaimed Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon, published by Sterling. It was published in a paperback edition in 2012.

As a Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum guest curator Harvey Kubernik, along with Henry Diltz and Gary Strobl developed the California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977 exhibition that ran May 9th to November 30th, 2014, looking at the Laurel Canyon music scene of the late ‘60s.  Strobl serves as Kubernik’s archivist, librarian and technician.

Kubernik and Strobl also teamed with ABC-TV in 2013 for their Emmy-winning one hour Eye on L.A. Legends of Laurel Canyon program hosted by Tina Malave.  Kubernik and Strobl, along with photographer Henry Diltz curated the Hiswtory of Laurel Canyon musical exhibit in 2014 at the Grammy Museum in los Angeles. Kubernik, with Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Gail Zappa, and Danny Hutton, founding member of 3 Dog Night chaired a panel discussion on the region.    

Monkees’ archivist/scholar, Gary Strobl, along with Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik have co-written a 496-page hard cover study of the Monkees to be published by Omnibus Press in 2019. The volume will feature the photographs of Henry Diltz.

Harvey is also a contributing writer of That Lucky Old Sun, a Genesis Publications limited- edition (2009) title (signed), done in collaboration with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and Sir Peter Blake, designer of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve.

Harvey and Kenneth co-authored the highly regarded A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival, published in 2011 by Santa Monica Press.

Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernik also wrote the text and biographical portrait for legendary photographer Guy Webster’s first book of music, movie and television photos for Insight Editions; Big Shots: Rock Legends & Hollywood Icons: Through the lens of Guy Webster, published October 21, 2014, with an Introduction by Brian Wilson. In April 2015, Big Shots won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal award in Art & Photography from the Independent Book Publishing Association. In May 2015, the book garnered the Independent Publisher Award Bronze Medal in the category of Photography.

In March, 2014, Harvey Kubernik’s It Was 50 Years Ago Today THE BEATLES Invade America and Hollywood was published by Otherworld Cottage Industries. Kubernik also penned the introduction to Otherworld Cottage Industries’ Travis Edward Pike’s Odd Tales and Wonders: 1964-1974 A Decade of Performance, published by BookBaby, 1st Edition, 6th November 2015.

During February 2018, Otherworld Cottage Industries published Harvey Kubernik’s multi-voice narrative book The Doors Summer’s Gone.  

Kubernik’s writings have been printed in several book anthologies, most notably The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats, Drinking with Bukowski, is featured in the 2014 book by Jeff Burger on Leonard Cohen Interviews and Encounters for Chicago Review Press and in 2015 the University Press of Mississippi will publish a Harvey Kubernik interview with D.A. Pennebaker in their book series, Conversations with Filmmakers, edited by Dr. Keith Beattie.

This century Harvey penned the liner notes to the CD re-releases of Carole King’s Tapestry, Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish, the Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special and The Ramones’ End of the Century.

Kubernik currently serves as Contributing Editor of Record Collector News magazine. Articles are online at www.recordcollectornews.com.

Since 1998, Kubernik has written the monthly cover stories for Record Collector News magazine. Online version is also displayed at www.recordcollectornews.com as well his monthly contributions to www.cavehollywood.com.    

Harvey Kubernik also creates web content, artist biographies, interviews, event descriptions, movie production promotional materials, book proposals and writer/author one sheets, for record labels, websites, and documentary filmmakers. He also serves as a technical advisor for documentary and feature films.

Kubernik has done stage lectures and movie analysis at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, about filmmaker and pioneer cinema verité director and Oscar-winner D. A. Pennebaker examining his Bob Dylan Don’t Look Back (1965), and David Bowie Ziggy and the Spiders From Mars (1973), documentaries for instructor Dr. David James.

Kubernik consults on music, audio and documentary ventures. He currently serves as Associate Producer on The Brunswick Records Story now in production and is a consultant to the soon to be released String Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story.  

He received a Special Thanks screen credit in filmmaker David Leaf’s September 2006 theatrical release, The U.S. vs. John Lennon (Lionsgate Films / Paramount Pictures).

Kubernik served as Consulting Producer on the 2010 singer-songwriter documentary, Troubadours, (http://www.thetroubadoursmovie.com), directed by Morgan Neville. The film was accepted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the documentary category.

On March 2, 2011, PBS-TV broadcast the movie in their acclaimed American Masters series. A CD/DVD soundtrack was also released by the Concord Music Group. Kubernik also penned two feature essays, about the singer-songwriter genre and Carole King’s legendary Tapestry album, both of which are exhibited online at the American Masters home page on the PBS- TV website (http://www.pbs.org/americanmasters).

Kubernik was a featured talking head in director Matt O’Casey’s 2012 Queen at 40 documentary broadcast on BBC Television and released as a DVD Queen: Days Of Our Lives in 2014 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  

Harvey Kubernik was also spotlighted on the 2013 BBC-TV documentary on Bobby Womack, Across 110th Street, directed by James Meycock.

In May 2014, filmmaker O’Casey lensed Kubernik in his BBC-TV documentary on singer Meat Loaf, titled Meat Loaf; In and Out of Hell, broadcast in the U.S. market in 2016 on the Showtime Cable TV channel. In 2006 Kubernik earned a supplemental writing credit on the AMC cable channel’s two documentaries Hollywood Rocks the Movies narrated by Ringo Starr and David Bowie.  

In the 2016 Neil Norman–directed documentary, The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard, Kubernik appeared in an on-screen feature interview, along with Bruce Johnston, Iggy Pop, Kim Fowley, the Bangles and Johnny Echols of Love.

During January 2017, Kubernik, a former (1978-1979) West Coast Director of A&R for MCA Records, where teamed engineer/producer Jimmy Iovine with Tom Petty, was filmed for the documentary on music executive, Russ Regan, formerly of the UNI MCA labels and President of 20th Century Records, produced by Paul Tarnopol and directed by Brian Bayerl.

In 2019 Harvey Kubernik appears as an interview subject in the newly released David Tourje-directed short documentary entitled John Van Hamersveld: Crazy World Ain’t It that had its World Premiere on February 6th 2019 at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The seminal and colorful art career of artist Van Hamersveld is discussed by Kubernik, artist Shepard Fairey, surfers Shaun Thompson and Jeff Ho, graphic designer Louise Sandhous and others. Van Hamersveld designed the iconic Endless Summer visual image and album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and Blondie.

Kubernik also served as consultant and interview subject for an hour-long examination of the musical legacy of Los Angeles for the Australia television series Great Music Cities for Australian subscription television broadcaster XYZnetworks Pty Ltd (www.xyznetworks.com.au). Slash, Brian Wilson, Steve Lukather and Keith Richards were also lensed for the project. Senior Producer is Wade Goring for Australian music television channel MAX www.maxtv.com.au.

In November of 2006, Harvey Kubernik was a featured speaker discussing audiotape preservation and archiving at special hearings called by The Library of Congress and held in Hollywood, California.

Born at Queen of Angels Hospital in Echo Park, overlooking the Hollywood 101 Freeway. He attended Coliseum Street and Muirfield Elementary Schools in the Crenshaw Village area and then later during El Marino Elementary School in Culver City. A graduate of Fairfax High School and West Los Angeles College, he holds a B.A. Special Major Degree (Health, Sociology, Literature) from San Diego State  University 1973.

Otherworld Cottage Industries hosts Kubernik’s Korner, a web page where Harvey’s activities as an Author, Music Historian, and Radio/TV personality.