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Volume 1-2016

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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock

 

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ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

       

Gypsy Documentary

Progressive Rock Ahead of its Time

Streaming MP3: Gypsy - Need You Baby

By Diana Olson

In 1968 there was a band called "The Underbeats" in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founder Jim Johnson was drafted and sent to Vietnam and upon his return the band was revamped and renamed "Gypsy". This incredibly progressive band had wonderful harmonies, they were the house band at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood for 9 months, they toured with the Guess Who, performed at the Atlanta Pop Fest for 600,000 people on the 4th of July with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, had four successful album releases and had a huge fan base worldwide. Then in the midst of this success the band seemed to vanish. What happened to this iconic group?

Now nearly 45 years later a documentary is being filmed that will be released in 2016. Aaron Goodyear, Director of his Independent project, talked to me about the documentary.

How did you get involved in this project and how did the idea come about?

I was in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota eating at a restaurant when a song came on the satellite radio station that was being played in the restaurant. I thought I was hearing a song by Santana because it was an instrumental part of the song. A minute or so later the vocals came in and it was a three part harmonic Moody Blues type of sound mixed with Latin infused instrumentals. I entered a few of the lyrics I heard into my phone and it came up as "Gypsy Queen" by the band Gypsy. A secondary internet search of Gypsy brought me to a Wikipedia page that informed me that they were a Minnesota band who moved to Los Angeles inn 1968. After a combination of frustration of not being able to find info out on the band and curiosity of who these guys were I contacted James Walsh and the idea was hatched from there. Since then I have been put in touch with almost everyone who has ever been in Gypsy.

Were you aware of Gypsy prior to your involvement with the documentary?

No I was not. I had never heard of Gypsy or The Underbeats. They were well before my time, I was born in 1977 and grew up on early 90's rock, punk and metal, as well as the Stones, The Band, The Beatles and Dylan, who my dad introduced me to at a young age.

What has surprised you about the history of Gypsy?

The most surprising thing to me about Gypsy is their firsthand connections to four major world events. The first being Enrico Rosenbaum's mother Ida escaping a Nazi occupied Greece while her family perished at the hands of Hitler. She is an amazing story in and of herself. When Gypsy was performing as The Underbeats they performed a show in Osseo, MN on the day JFK was assassinated. Thirdly Jim Johnson, vocalist and guitarist was drafted and did a two year tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon his return to Minnesota the Underbeats took off for LA. The fourth connection they have is the house the band rented in LA shared a property line with the home of The Labiancas who were murdered by the Manson Family. They were playing a show at Gazarri's on The Sunset Strip at the time of the murders but they were questioned intensely and later cleared of any involvement. This is a special band and their story deserves to be told so it doesn't slip through the cracks of American rock history. Gypsy is one of the missing links of American Rock & Roll.

Where can fans donate to help get the documentary finished.

They can contact me at aarongoodyear@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/gypsybandmovie. I will offer copies of the DVD or digital downloads of the movie for donations.

GYPSIES: Jim Johnson, drummer friend Scott Sansby (not a Gypsy band member) and Bill Lordan at the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame ceremonies, in which Gypsy was inducted as an honored member.

 

 

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