In 1964, the Beatles had begun their assault on the American record business. When Mike Stewart and Jerry Burgan met a rock 'n roller from Honolulu named Bob Jones at the University of San Francisco, they decided to add an electric guitar to their folk group. They headed for Southern California where they were joined by singer Beverly Bivens and bassist Pete Fullerton. The group played at the numerous coffee houses and clubs around LA with their semi-amplified folk group hoping to get visibility with a record label. They got great responses on Hoot Night at the Troubadour, but no deal was forthcoming with an LA label so in April of 1965, they returned to San Francisco and began recording at a new studio that had been built for the Kingston Trio. You Were On My Mind was one of the first songs recorded at those sessions, and it changed everything including their name. We Five was born.

Finally, only 50 years later, Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk-Rock Revolution, written by We Five co-founder Jerry Burgan, with co-author Alan Rifkin, is finished. Published by Rowman & Littlefield, the book has received excellent advance reviews and is due for release on April 10, 2014. It will be available through book stores or from Jerry at his live shows, and can also be ordered on line from the publisher.

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