A Review: Everybody Had An Ocean by William McKeen

31621229Didn’t learn a lot of “new” things reading this, but it’s a pretty comprehensive, journalistic overview of the underbelly of the “peace-love-surf” hippy music culture of the 60s – you know, the ones the media always claims was the greatest music ever. The book reconfirms many of my long held beliefs that half of those folks were not that talented, just a lucky product of the drug-induced culture at the time.

And, as if it wasn’t obvious to most folks already, it also reconfirmed that Mike Love is a lucky jerk and David Crosby and Jim Morrison were awful human beings. Good thing (for them) most of the awful acts these hippies inflicted upon the world was overshadowed by a legitimate evil – Charlie Manson and his family.

Charleston Night Market – March 16

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STARTING FRIDAY, MARCH 16

East Atlantic Publishing will be Doin’ the Charleston in the Charleston Night Market each Friday and Saturday evening, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.  Mark Jones and/or Rebel Sinclair will be manning a booth, and autographed copies all EAP books will be for sale. Come see us for a book, or conversation. If you have questions about Charleston history or culture, we’ll be glad to talk with you! 

LOCAL HISTORY – LOCAL AUTHORS

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Mark Jones & Rebel Sinclair

Notable Deaths – 2017

JANUARY
11. Tommy Allsup, guitarist (lost seat on Buddy Holly’s plane in ‘59)
21. Maggie Roche, singer, songwriter
22. Pete Watts (Mott The Hoople)
24. Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band)
25. Mary Tyler Moore, Actress
26. Mike Conners, Actor
31. John Wetton, singer, songwriter, bassist (Asia, King Crimson)
FEBRUARY
5. Sonny Geraci, musician (The Outsiders [“Time Won’t Let Me”], Climax Blues Band
12. Al Jarreau, musician
18. Clyde Subblefield, drummer (James Brown)
25. Bill Paxton, actor
MARCH
10. Joni Sledge (Sister Sledge)
18. Chuck Berry, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Founding Father of Rock ‘n Roll
21. Chuck Barris, Game Show creator, Host of “The Gong Show”, CIA agent (according to him)
22. Sib Hashian, drummer (Boston)
APRIL
6. Don Rickles, comedian, actor, insult master
11. J. Geils, guitarist (J. Geils Band)
22. Erin Moran, actress (“Happy Days”, “Joanie Loves Chachi”)
MAY
13. Jimmy Copley, drummer (Jeff Beck, Tears For Fears)
17. Chris Cornell, musician (Soundgarden, Audio Slave, Temple of the Dog)
23. Sir Roger Moore, actor (James Bond, The Saint)
27. Gregg Allman, singer, songwriter (Allman Brothers Band)
JUNE
9. Adam West, actor, Batman
16. Stephen Furst, actor, “Animal House”
22. Jimmy Nalls, musician (Sea Level)
JULY
15. Martin Landau, actor
21. John Heard actor
AUGUST
8. Glen Campbell, musician’s musician, singer,, songwriter, actor.
19. Dick Gregory, political activist
20. Jerry Lewis, comedian, actor
30. Skip Prokop, musician (Lighthouse)
SEPTEMBER
3. Walter Becker, musician, songwriter (one half of Steely Dan)
3. Dave Hlubek, musician (Molly Hatchet)
8. Don William, singer, songwriter
13. Grant Hart, musician (Husker Du)
15. Harry Dean Stanton, actor
27. Hugh Hefner, Playboy
30. Monty Hall, game show host of “Let’s Make A Deal”
OCTOBER
2. Tom Petty, singer, songwriter (The Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys)
22. George Young, musician, producer (The Easybeats, AC/DC)
24. Fats Domino, musician, singer, Founding Father of Rock ‘n Roll
NOVEMBER
9. Malcolm Young, guitarist, songwriter (AC/DC), brother of George and Angus Young)
19. Mel Tillis, singer, songwriter, Country Music Legend
19. Della Resse, singer, actress
21. David Cassidy, singer, actor
30. Jim Nabors, singer, actor, comedian
DECEMBER
12. Pat Dinizio, singer, songwriter (The Smithereens)
16. Keely Smith, singer, legendary Vegas performer
28. Rose Marie, actress, singer comedian (“Dick Van Dyke Show”)

 

THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz (A Review)

At long last, Dean Koontz wrote another good novel.

In the late 70s, through the 80s and 90s, Koontz was delivering the goods, book after book. Starting with Night Chills in 1976, and with the Leigh Nichols pen name, Koontz delivered several books (The Key To Midnight, The House of Thunder, Servants of the Twilight), that set the template for his success, taunt, suspenseful novels that were part horror, part sci-fi, and all out pageturners. Then in the 80s he hit his mega-selling stride – Whispers, Phantoms, Darkfall, Strangers, Watchers, Lightning, Midnight,  The Bad Place, Hideaway, etc …). All of these above books I heartily recommend to anyone who is looking for high-quality mainstream fiction.

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However, during the 21st century, many of the Koontz novels have been hit-or-miss, some entertaining, some unabashedly maudlin, and other just out-and-out unreadable. Here however, with The Silent Corner, Koontz has returned to classic form, creating a page-turner paranoid thriller with overtones of sci-fi and horrific circumstances.

Jane Hawk is a classic Koontz heroine, a women forced into circumstances of righteous vengeance who uncovers a horrific plot of “culling the human herd.” Against a faceless, and seemingly almost omnipotent enemy, Jane finds allies along the from some of the most unlikely sources.

A definite read!

 

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Lullaby, a Spenser Novel (A Review)

I’m not a fan of other writers taking over popular series after the death of the originating author. It always looks like a greedy grab by the author’s family. As a fan of the original Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker (well, the first 20 at least) and as a huge fan of Ace Atkins, I decided to give this one a try.

My first hope was that Atkins was smart enough to realize that the major problem with the later Spenser novels was the every-growing role of the most annoying character in crime fiction history, Susan Silverman. Another issue was that Hawk had been reduced to a walk-on caricature of his former brilliant presence.

13269092Too bad, Atkins stayed with the formula of the latter Spenser books. Spenser meets a client. Spenser has dinner or sex (both) with Susan where she uses her “brilliance as a therapist” to ask Spenser questions in which he impart his fears/concerns etc … Oh God … how tedious. I’m guessing that since Susan is obviously a romanticized version of Parker’s wife, Joan, that maybe Atkins was contractually obligated to make sure Susan has a large role. Any other reason makes no sense whatsoever.

I can safely say that I will not read any of the other Atkins-written Spenser novels. If I ever do read another Spenser novel, I’ll go back to the original 20. Here’s hoping Atkins gets creative and Susan Silverman gets killed in some creative way, which will jump start Spenser and Hawk back into their former selves and seek righteous retribution.

Not holding my breath.

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