Visionary, innovator, enigma, genius, poet, megalomaniac, ex-con, recluse, instigator, integrator; Arthur Lee was all these and more. His music continues to resonate and inspire generations of fans old and new.
Lee has been honoured with a Grammy Hall of Fame award and fêted by the British House of Commons, which declared his psychedelic masterpiece Forever Changes the greatest album of all time. The Los Angeles Times dubbed the seminal 1967 album “perhaps the most quintessentially Los Angeles record there ever is, it will always retain certain immutable qualities that Love’s music captures.”
John Einarson is the author of 13 books, including the critically-acclaimed Hot Burritos: The True Story Of The Flying Burrito Brothers (Jawbone Books, 2008), named one of the 10 best music books of 2008 by Uncut magazine, and Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life & Legacy of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books, 2005), cited among the 10 best music books of 2005 by Uncut and Record Collector. His other books include Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock (Cooper Square Press, 2001), the first detailed chronicle of the southern California country rock scene, and For What It’s Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield.
He wrote the Bravo TV documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life and served as consultant for A&E/Biography Channel’s Neil Young Biography episode and CBC TV’s Life & Times of Randy Bachman based on his best-selling biography of the Canadian music icon, Takin’ Care of Business (McArthur & Co., 2000). He has written for Mojo, Goldmine, Discoveries, Record Collector, and Rock Express and is a regular contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press.
John lives with his family in Winnipeg, Canada.