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Golden Notes by Samuel Joeckel

Golden Notes by Samuel Joeckel

Golden Notes by Samuel Joeckel is a love letter to music. Starting in 1981, it follows the life of young Cali Sky, a musical prodigy on the piano, and then guitar, which she discovers in her bedroom closet, unleashing an odyssey of musical exploration. The child of hippie parents, Cali Sky branches out to the punk movement of the moment ... Read More »

Review: Trust in the Unseen (The Edge of the Known Book 2) by Seth Mullins

Trust in the Unseen (The Edge of the Known Book 2)

★★★★½ Trust in the Unseen is the second book in Seth Mullins’ cerebral and inspiring Edge of the Unknown series. The first installment of the series found Brandon Chane in a band on the way up, Edge of the Unknown, and seeking spiritual counsel from the enigmatic Saul. The second volume finds Brandon reeling from a break-up, even as his ... Read More »

Review: What Casts the Shadow? by Seth Mullins


★★★★½ What Casts the Shadow? (The Edge of the Known Book 1) by Seth Mullins is an introspective novel about Brandon Crane, a metal musician with a lot of hope for the future, but facing demons and darkness he must overcome. His band “Edge of the Known” are forging ahead, but Brandon’s negative thoughts, spurred on by an abusive father, ... Read More »

Review: Soundscape by Royce Flippin


★★★★½ Soundscape by Royce Flippin is a smart fast-paced thriller, set against an unlikely backdrop of great rock music and shifting political tension. Homeland Security and the Culture Hygiene Police bring to mind George Orwell’s legendary dystopian world. However, the year is not 1984 but 2024, and here you can be arrested simply for possessing illegal rock music recordings. The ... Read More »

Long Plastic Hallway by Joyce V. Harrison

Long Plastic Hallway by Joyce V. Harrison

Twenty-somethings Ellis, Bax and Chloe set out for a roadtrip only to quickly find they have no money. Busking to get by, Ellis eventually makes his way to Los Angeles and into the cut-throat music business, and all the highs (literally) and lows you find there. A story as much about friendship as it is about the music industry, Long ... Read More »

Review: Spiritualized by Victor Levine ★★★★


Spiritualized is a raucous rock and roll mystery, part of Victor Levine’s Spec Time Trilogy series of books, which follow the exploits of Jon Cells, an aspiring rock star (based on a real person and real musician). Spiritualized acts as a kind of prequel to Vaporized, taking place four years before, over four days in 1978. This novel covers everything ... Read More »

Review: Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello by André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh ★★★★

Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello

Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello by André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh is the tribute to musician and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, and is purported to be the first comprehensive overview of her work. The bulk of the book is about André Akinyele’s personal experience discovering her music, while Jon O’Bergh contributes more factual information about her recording history. I should ... Read More »

Review: Bangalore Baloney by Thomas Itty

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Bangalore Baloney written by Thomas Itty is a story that spans several decades and takes place in several countries. At its core, though, the book is the intimate journey of three young men. Given how personal it feels, one gets the feeling that the author lived many of these experiences. Swami, George and Venu form a trio called the Scrimshankers ... Read More »