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Table of Contents

Prologue: Cinco de Mayo 1. The Neighborhood: Life and Music in East L.A. 2. Homeboys: Growing Up and Garfield 3. A Beginning: The Founding of Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles 4. Recording por La Raza: The Making of Si Se Puede! and Just Another Band from East L.A. 5. Happy Hour: Going Electric at Las Lomas and a Baptism of Fire at the Olympic 6. Wolves of Hollywood: Los Lobos' Arrival on the Punk Scene and at the Whisky 7. Arrivals: Steve Berlin, Slash Records, T Bone Burnett, and the Grammys 8. Quantum Leap: How Will the Wolf Survive? 9. Breakdowns: The Graceland Session and By the Light of the Moon 10. Numero Uno with a Bullet: La Bamba 11. Rooted and Rocked: La Pistola y El Corazon and The Neighborhood 12. Let's Try This: Kiko, Latin Playboys, and Colossal Head 13. Side Tracks: Papa's Dream, Soul Disguise, Houndog, Dose 14. In the Mouse's House: Disney, Hollywood Records, This Time, and Good Morning Aztlan 15. Homecomings: The Ride, The Town and the City, Tin Can Trust Epilogue. 40: Back at the Whisky Gracias Very Much Listening, Reading, and Viewing

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"Los Lobos is a slice of pure East L.A. that I never even knew existed. Chris Morris is a wildass ethnomusicologist, social critic, raconteur, and L.A. music bon vivant for the new millennium. Viva Chris-El Gato de East Los." -- James Ellroy, author of Perfidia and The L.A. Quartet "With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos... This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for thirty [now forty] years to see how far it can take them." -- Previous review, Rolling Stone " ... pioneering border fusionists, multiple Grammy winners, and one of the two indisputably most influential Chicano musical acts in history, along with Ritchie Valens." -- Previous review, Los Angeles Times "These peerless musicians created nothing less than the soundtrack of the Mexican American experience." -- Charles Ramirez Berg, author of Latino Images in Film

About the Author

Chris Morris is a music journalist and disc jockey. He was music editor of the Hollywood Reporter (2004-2007) and senior writer for Billboard (1986-2004). His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, Mojo, LA Weekly, the Chicago Reader, Variety, and other publications.


"Chris Morris's Los Lobos: Dream in Blue gives both fans and critics a satisfying chronicle of Los Lobos' journey through critical and popular successes, failures, and artistic responses to the challenges faced by the ever-evolving, genre-defying group." * Southwestern American Literature * "A dream of a read for fans of the Lobos." * * "[An] insightful and affectionate history." * Austin Chronicle * "Morris writes in such a way that you can almost smell and taste the smells and tastes of East L.A. in the boom of the psychedelic era and its aftermath." * PopMatters * "Few musical acts have been as well served by their chronicler as Lobos are with Dream In Blue by Morris, a veteran Los Angeles music journalist who has seen the Wolves perform and followed their music since their first gig . . . Dream In Blue may be a short and quick read, but in its tight, fact-based richness, Morris gives Los Lobos the smart and insightful book this distinctive and distinguished musical act merits." * Best Classic Bands * "The best books about music and musicians are a direct reflection of their subjects and Chris Morris' chronicle on Los Lobos, Dream in Blue, is just such a book." * All About Jazz * "Both informative and engrossing . . . Chris Morris is to be commended for putting the story of this most American of bands to paper, and Dream In Blue will satisfy the most ardent of fans. Highly recommended. " * The Big Takeover * "Writer Chris Morris' new biography, Los Lobos: Dream in Blue, offers overwhelming evidence that the band deserves to glide its way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. " * Los Angeles Times * "How Los Lobos navigated the move to performing electric in front of the Mohawk-hair generation, enjoyed success with the soundtrack from La Bamba, dealt with music business missteps and never stopped experimenting and collaborating is a fascinating tale. The book was a fast read for me; I was unable to put it down. Morris excels at keeping the storyline moving with equal measures of factlets and anecdotes. . . . Dream in Blue brings into sharper focus a truer narrative of what growing up and being successful in America looks like. " * No Depression * "Morris is the ideal teller of this tale, drawing on decades of his own fandom and reportage and a wealth of experience in both consumer and trade journalism (including long, distinguished runs at the Reader, the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard). . . . Morris writes with care and insight about each Los Lobos record, providing rich geographical, cultural, and historical context along the way." * The Huffington Post * "Morris' critical history will find a hungry audience." * Booklist * "A useful cultural history that is sure to please fans and musicologists. " * Kirkus Reviews *

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