For his eighteenth birthday, Dusty Baker's parents gave him a great present: Two tickets to the Monterey Pop Festival of June 1967, a three-day event featuring more than thirty bands, and use of the family station wagon for the weekend so young Dusty could drive down from Sacramento to the Monterey Bay Area. He was ather young person, trying to take it all in, sleeping on the beach with his buddy, having the time of his life soaking up the vibe and every different musical style represented there. Baker's lifelong love of music was set in motion, his wide-ranging, eclectic tastes, everything from country to hip-hop. He also caught the Jimi Hendrix Experience, who put on such a show that to this day Baker calls Hendrix the most exciting performer he's ever seen. He went on to years of friendship with musicians from B.B. King and John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop. This account grabs a reader from page one and never lets up.
Dusty Baker is a former slugger for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's and a three-time Manager of the Year whose 1,671 wins as a manager rank 16th all time. He's a lifelong fan of music whose friends among prominent musicians include Elvin Bishop, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana and B.B. King.