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More Hype About My New Novel, The Flowers Lied

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Remember back when you first wanted to become a rock critic? Or perhaps first started reading rock reviews. Those are the days of The Flowers Lied, my new rock ‘n’ roll coming-of-age novel.

Writerman, the narrator, is a rock critic wannabe obsessed with music – favorites include Captain Beefheart, the Blue Oyster Cult, the 13th Floor Elevators, John Coltrane, Pearls Before Swine, Slim Harpo, Neil Young, Sam Rivers the New York Dolls and, of course, Bob Dylan.

If you grew up in the ‘60s or ‘70s, or ever wondered what it was really like to be a teenager back then, I think you’ll dig this novel.

Witness Writerman fighting his record buying addition at Odyssey Records as store owner Lucky Larry guzzles Green Death and applies the “upsell”, attending a Neil Young concert in 1973 and confronting Neil backstage, pursuing the Visions of Johanna chick of this dreams and ending up naked at the top of a Ferris wheel, alone with his best friend’s girl.

What the critics say about my novels:

“If Lester Bangs had ever published a novel it might have read like this frothing debut…” – Rolling Stone

“Radioactive as Godzilla!” – Richard Meltzer

“Kerouac in the 21st Century.” – Dennis McNally

“Penned in a staccato amphetamine grammar…” – Simon Warner

“Holden Caulfield meets Lord Buckley?” – Paul Krassner

More info here:

The Flowers Lied – Reviews

Audio: Many Versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ – Dylan, The Byrds, Them, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joan Baez & More

An obscure British band that covered Dylan’s masterpiece in 1965.

One of Dylan’s many incredible songs is “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

Unlike “Fourth Time Around,” which I posted about the other day and which had few covers, many, many artists have covered “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” The Byrds even covered it twice.

Below are some pretty incredible versions of the song including both of those versions by The Byrds.

Them with Van Morrison:

Bob Dylan, April 13, 1966, Sydney, Australia:

Marianne Faithful:

Link Wray:

Joni Mitchell:

Echo and the Bunnymen:

Hugh Masekela:

Grateful Dead, 1966:

Bonnie Raitt:

The Animals:

13th Floor Elevators:

Judy Collins:

Its All Over Now Baby Blue by Judy Collins on Grooveshark

Leon Russell:

Joan Baez:

The Cops and Robbers, cool 1965 version:

Bryan Ferry:

The Byrd, 1965 version:

The Byrds, 1969 version:

Bob Dylan, May 16, Sheffield, England:

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Audio: 13th Floor Elevators Live in Austin, 1966 — Crazy, Man!

Dig this audio from a 13th Floor Elevators show in Austin, 1966. Playlist: Gloria, You’re Gonna Miss Me, Tried to Hide, Roller Coaster, You Really Got Me

And here’s another broadcast of a live show in Austin.

Here’s the info accompanying the YouTube video: March 1966 on KAZZ FM from the New Orleans Club in Austin. Playlist: The Word, Monkey Island, Roller Coaster, I’m Down, Gloria, You’re Gonna Miss Me. The band: Roky Erickson guitar/vocals, Stacy Sutherland guitar, John Ike Walton drums, Tommy Hall electric jug, Benny Thurman bass.

Thanks to Doom and Gloom from the Tomb for hipping me to these!

-– A Days of the Crazy-Wild blog post: sounds, visuals and/or news –-