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What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?


This is a story of dreams, success, destruction, and miraculous resurrection; the incredible, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring story of one of the greatest songwriters in American music—and also one of the most elusive and mysterious.

P.F. Sloan was one of the most prolific and influential geniuses to emerge from the golden age of the 60s, and a pioneer of folk-rock. Between 1965 and 1967, 150 of his songs were recorded by major acts, and 45 of those made the charts. No other songwriter has ever come close to achieving so great number of hits in such a short period of time.

From his little studio at Dunhill Records, P.F. Sloan was a veritable hit-machine, writing for The Mamas & The Papas (that’s Sloan’s infectious guitar lick on ‘California Dreamin’’), Jan & Dean (the falsetto you hear on most of their hits is Sloan’s), Barry McGuire (the brilliant and controversial ‘Eve Of Destruction’), Johnny Rivers (‘Secret Agent Man’), The Turtles, The Fifth Dimension, and many, many more.

Unsurprisingly, he wound up exhausted and broken, thus beginning a long journey into the wilderness—a journey of UFOs and psychiatric hospitals, healing and survival, and, ultimately, redemption.

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