Title: High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead

Author: Richard Loren

Pages: 270 Pages

Publisher: Smith Publicity/East Pond Publishing

The Blurb

Loren recalls his journey through the turbulent eras of rock‘s ascendancy in his new book, High Notes: A Rock MemoirWorking with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead. With never-before-told stories, Loren offers a humorous and heartfelt account that illuminates music history and provides telling insights into some of the most notable entertainment personalities of the late twentieth century. Eminently readable and authentic, readers will find Loren’s inside look fascinating and satisfying.

Richard Loren’s story starts with Liberace—the most dazzlingly bedazzled fairy godmother a 23-year-old Italian-American kid from New Jersey could ever ask for—he was given a job booking up-and-coming acts like The Doors and Jefferson Airplane for the Agency for Performing Arts in New York City. So while America was protesting the war, taking part in the Acid Tests, and reacting and adjusting to unprecedented cultural changes, Loren found himself bailing Jim Morrison out of jail, muling dope across international borders for Spencer Dryden, and sipping mimosas with Ted Kennedy. When the heart of American rock moved west, he headed to the Bay Area, befriended Jerry Garcia, and became the manager of the Grateful Dead, masterminding their concert at the foot of the Sphinx in Giza in 1978 and their unprecedented Radio City Music Hall performance in 1980.

These are only a few of Loren’s often surreal, rite-of-passage experiences in the music business, which he colourfully reveals through his new book.

Topics Loren covers include:

How Liberace jump-started his long and successful career in the music business An inside look at working with some of the latter half of the 20th century’s music icons – Jim Morrison and The Doors, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane…and more! Amazing Stories: Bailing The Doors’ Jim Morrison out of jail, drinking mimosas with the Kennedys and producing mystical concerts with the Grateful Dead What he learned about himself both personally and professionally from his experiences in the music business sand much more!

The Review

I have a weird fascination. I like reading books by people who have worked within the music industry. So far, so normal, I hear you cry. Well, yes, but usually these books are by people that I don’t know and probably have never heard of (sorry Richard Loren). And that is exactly the position I found myself in when I read High Notes – A Rock Memoir.

High Notes is a truly fascinating real life account of one man’s rise and fall in an industry that is so very fickle. What comes out of it are great anecdotal stories of bands and artists, drugs and travel, and the general mayhem that is the music industry.

I really enjoyed High Notes – A Rock Memoir, if you like any of the bands mentioned in the blurb then I implore you to read this book. You will sit on the periphery of a time in history when rock music was arguably at its most powerful.

High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead by Richard Loren is available now.

For more information regarding Smith Publicity (@SmithPublicity) please visit www.smithpublicity.com.

Title: Hocus Pocus in Focus – The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic

Author: Aaron Wallace

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Pensive Pen Publishing

The Blurb

The Hocus Pocus “BoooOOOoooK” Fans Have Been Waiting For…

In the first and only book ever written about the beloved 1993 Halloween movie, Aaron Wallace takes readers deep into the world of Hocus Pocus to learn everything they never knew. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the film in its all spooky-kooky glory.

You’ll learn:
* Mind-blowing theories about the plot, the characters, and more
* The fascinating history behind “Come, Little Children (Sarah’s Song)” and “I Put a Spell on You
* How Steven Spielberg shaped the movie
* Why there’s all that talk about yabbos and virgins
* How Hocus Pocus got away with being the edgiest Disney movie ever made
* What happened to the movie’s deleted scenes
* Whether a sequel is really going to happen
* And much, much more

Featuring a foreword by Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus‘s Dani), afterword by Mick Garris (the film’s writer and producer), and the largest collection of Hocus Pocus fun facts and trivia ever assembled, this is the ultimate unofficial fan guide for Halloween and movie lovers everywhere. Finally, Hocus Pocus is celebrated as the classic it’s become. You’ll love the movie more than you ever knew you could.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

When I was ten years old my older sister and I went to the cinema to see Hocus Pocus. We loved it. 25 years later, my three year old niece loves the movie. Recently, she watched it five times in one day. Even me – a self confessed superfan – have never done that (I watched the first three showings with her but the last two she watched with my sister.) It is the movie of my youth and it has aged so well.

I really loved Hocus Pocus in Focus because it gave me a new way to love the movie. In got to see all the nuances of how it was filmed. I got to peek behind the curtain and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact it just made me love it more.

Aaron Wallace knows his stuff. You can see how much he loves Hocus Pocus by the way he decries people who try to belittle it. What Wallace doesn’t know about Hocus Pocus really isn’t worth knowing.

After reading Hocus Pocus in Focus I was filled with a sense of nostalgia and whilst I watch this movie every week with my obsessed niece, this book made me want to watch it again. I could be cheesy and say that the book put a spell on me….wow that was cheesy.

Bygones. If you love Hocus Pocus you will love this book.

Hocus Pocus in Focus – The Thinking Fans Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic by Aaron Wallace is available now.

For more information regarding Aaron Wallace (@aaronwallace) please visit www.aaronwallaceonline.com.

Hello people,

Once again, this month has been a toughy. I am drained and all I want to do is sleep. Like all the damn time but I still managed to read a lot. So that my friends is what I call ‘a win’.

Here is what I read this month.

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth (Paperback)
  • The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne (Paperback)
  • A Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L. C. Rosen (Physical Review Copy)
  • Alice + Freda: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Beau, Lee, the Bomb and Me by Mary McKinley (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • My Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (Paperback – Reread)
  • Geek Girl (Special #1) All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • What Would the Spice Girls Do? by Lauren Bravo (Hardback)
  • Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto (Paperback)
  • My Teenage Diary by Rufus Hound (Audiobook)
  • Help by Simon Amstell (Audiobook)
  • Get Back by Donovan Day (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Feminists Don’t Wear Pink by Scarlett Curtis (Hardback)
  • Texts from Last Night by Lauren Leto and Ben Bator (Paperback)
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (Paperback)
  • Faithful by Alice Hoffman (NetGalley Review Copy)

I still have to write reviews on 16 of them. I am so behind on my review writing. I will get it done though.

I hope October has been kind to you and that you have an excellent November.

Much love,

Lis x

Title: Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Author: LC Rosen

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

‘My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.’

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time.

His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy.

Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating.

They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank Simon Armstrong at Penguin Books for sending me a copy of Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen.

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is the LGBT story for the modern teen. The story follows Jack, an out an proud teenager who is unashamedly himself. He loves his friends, his mother and he loves…well likes…well tolerates high school. It would be remiss for us not to accept that high school can be a cruel place especially if you are perceived as different or not following the social “norm”.

Jack is asked by his best friend to start a help column for her blog about relationships. She gives him autonomy to talk about anything and everything, the more bodacious the better. Jack agrees (somewhat reluctantly) but starts to enjoy the act of helping others even if it is causing controversy in school.

While all this is happening Jack starts to receive love notes posted anonymously in his locker. At first he writes it off as a joke but when the notes start getting insidious and threatening, Jack begins to get scared. It is now a race to find out who is sending the notes before the anonymous person starts acting on their threats.

I absolutely loved Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen. It is an exciting and bold novel that I feel is set to lead the way for future LGBT YA stories. Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) takes braver steps than any LGBT YA fiction than I have ever read before and whilst it is arguable that this genre has taken a massive step up over the past few years it is hard to argue that Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is on the same level. It leaves them all trailing behind due mostly to its honesty and how it deals with the issue of sex.

For anyone who is struggling with their sexuality and how they are perceived in a society that is not necessarily accepting of difference then this book, for them, will be a game changer. I can honestly say that I have never read a book so bold, brave and bolshie. I loved it.

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen is available now.

For more information regarding LC Rosen (@LevACRosen) please visit www.LevACRosen.com.

For more information regarding Penguin Books (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

I am so excited about reading the last two Harry Potter books. Mainly because it will be like reading them for the first time since I think I have only read them once or twice. I know I won’t remember much about them and will have many questions but it is going to be totally awesome (StarKid reference there for all you PotHeads).

So here we go!

  • Ok, a bridge breaking and a lack of policemen – The Half Blood Prince could be set in 2018, that is all I am saying.
  • I am going to be fuming if the wizarding world is real and they have old Theresa Bloody May before me!
  • ‘…a wizard who has eluded capture for almost three decades.’ Write his story JK!
  • All the destruction caused by the Death Eaters, the murder of Amelia Bones, the fog and sadness caused by the Dementors – it makes Brexit seem like small fish really, doesn’t it?
  • In my head, Rufus Scrimegeour looks like my uncle Martin – this helps none of you reading this as you have no idea what my uncle Martin looks like.
  • I wonder what Bellatrix and Narcissa were like in school? Write it, JK!
  • If I could perform the Imperious Curse I would make JK write more Harry Potter Books.
  • When you think about it, the Death Eaters following Voldemort is really an allegory for the perils of radicalisation. JK is one smart cookie.
  • Inferi just sound terrifying. Essentially they are zombies but calling them Inferi makes them sound ten times worse.
  • ‘An Excess of Phlegm’ is an awful name for a chapter. Bleurgh!
  • Go Arthur with your promotion. I love the Weasley’s and with my red hair I could totally be related to them.
  • You know, for teenagers, Harry, Ron and Hermione are pretty fearless. Hermione’s gumption when she is in Knockturn Alley is amazing.
  • It’s so frustrating when people disbelieve Harry. He is actually quite level headed…you know if we disregard him running off to the Ministry of Magic and getting his godfather killed – oh that was way harsh!
  • Tonks has a new Patronus? What is it? What was her old one? I have only read this book twice (I think) but I feel this is important information. I need to know these things.
  • ‘There’s no need to call me “sir”, professor’ Damn! Harry got stupid brave.
  • Slughorn offers Felix Felicis as a prize in potions class which just goes to show that my theory of reward based learning works.
  • I feel so sorry for Merope. Bless her. She is a squib and her son is Voldemort. Such bad luck!
  • What happened to Morfin? Oh come on JK, this is getting ridiculous now. Write his story.
  • Hermione has just said that the entire stock of timeturners were broken in the Order of the Phoenix but she has one in the Cursed Child – interesting. Mistake or deliberate? You decide. ..Or I could just look for the answer by rereading The Cursed Child.
  • Dumbledore said “whence” – I love that word. People should use it more often.
  • Ron and Ginny bickering over snogging is so funny. I kinda agree with Ron, like. Who wants to see a massive PDA?
  • Why is Malfoy not playing Quidditch? The plot thickens?
  • I’m just gonna say it. Ginny is sassy. The way she took out Zacharias for his crap commentating and then passed it off as “forgetting to brake” – the girl has style.
  • Ron – as Ginny rightly says – is a hypocrite…but I must admit Lavender Brown is a great name.
  • Ok, so it is one thing to mark notes in a book with a pencil but it is quite another to do it in pen. I quite agree with just how upset Madam Pince gets with Harry.
  • Oh I love Luna. I love how she thinks that she has to die one eyebrow for Slughorn’s party. She is legendary. I have found that as I have read the books as an adult my love for characters differs. Luna has become my favourite.
  • Ron and Hermione trying to make each other jealous is both painful and hilarious.
  • Dammit, why won’t anyone believe that Draco is working for Voldemort? Harry isn’t a liar and his gut instinct is usually right (again, we will bypass the whole Sirius dying in the Ministry for the sake of making my point).
  • Also ‘Won Won’ – bleurgh!
  • What happens to the pensieve memories once a person dies?
  • You know it is something majorly hidden when even Hermione doesn’t know about it. She hasn’t even heard of horcruxes.
  • I wonder if horcruxes has some magical root in its word t have been chosen by JK. I must look this up.
  • I love Ron when he is all high on love potion infused chocolate cauldrons. I knew a girl who acted the same way although her was because of cheap alcopops. She couldn’t decide who she loved more: Lee from Deuce, Spike from 911 or Robbie from Take That (this was in the 90s). Making the decision reduced here to alcohol induced tears.
  • Luna Lovegood should commentate on all Quidditch matches – she has such a dreamlike quality to her voice. I love her.
  • Harry is so smug when he hears Ginny and Dean fighting. He lurves her.
  • Ooh I bet Dumbledore’s disappointed face is brutal.
  • ‘In fact, I doubt whether there is a soul alive, apart from himself, who could give us a full account of his life since he left Hogwarts.’ Oh really JK? Write his story.
  • The parallels between Harry and Voldemort are quite shocking. It’s not surprising that people originally thought they may be related.
  • The meeting between Tom and Dumbledore – man. It puts you in mind of when Churchill and Hitler met. Mind boggling.
  • Harry Potter is a page folder. This, above all things that have happened so far, has broken me.
  • Ron has just told Hermione he loves her. I am trying not to break but oh my gosh, I love this! Ron and Hermione forever.
  • I wonder how many house points Harry lost for Gryffindor in his time at Hogwarts in total.
  • Ok, whilst I find it difficult to feel sad about a giant dead spider I do feel really sorry for Hagrid. I don’t like it when he is upset.
  • I know I am not a huge fan of the films but I must admit when Harry drinks the felix felices it is Daniel Radcliffe’s defining moment as an actor in these movies. He is brilliant. One of my favourite scenes in all seven books, too.
  • You know what? Dumbledore is proper clever.
  • Ok, so here is a crazy thought. After Cedric Diggory died why did Dumbledore not extract that memory from Harry and put it in the pensieve to show Fudge thus proving that he isn’t a liar.
  • Ginny is defending Harry and getting sassy with Hermione. Ginny has really come into her own. I love that JK is totally a feminist.
  • Harry loves Ginny and Ginny loves Harry. Hurrah!
  • Ooh Harry is mad at Dumbledore and rightly so. He just found out that Snape knew about the prophecy. Dom dom dom. I had totally forgotten about this.
  • I love how Dumbledore refers to the blood donation as crude. He says it like the wrong cutlery has been used at a dinner party. Oh lol.
  • Dumbledore just referred to Voldemort as Lord Voldemort. I can’t remember that happening at any other point in this series.
  • The drinking/cave/horcrux scene is still so hard to read. Terrifying, man.
  • I wonder if we will ever know what Dumbledore was ranting about when he was in the cave (coughs *JK* coughs)
  • I have four chapters let and I am not entirely sure I am emotionally prepared for what is about to happen.
  • Holy moly. The dark mark. Oh I have a very bad feeling about this.
  • Oh Draco nearly come good. That is unbearably sad. He didn’t want to be evil.
  • Ok so here is my question you can only use the unforgivable curse if you have intent. Does that mean Snape really did want to kill Dumbledore?
  • Oh poor Hagrid. He doesn’t want to believe Harry about Snape killing Dumbledore. This is too sad.
  • And Dumbledore’s death starts the mighty blood bath that is the Deathly Hallows. I still haven’t finished the Half Blood Prince but I’m already feeling it!
  • Remus is all angsty about loving Tonks…because he is in love with Sirius. Yeah.

 

Since writing this out, some of my questions have been answered. Some still haven’t but that is ok. I am still genuinely worried about reading the Deathly Hallows because I actually think I have only read it once. I don’t think it will disappoint but I just know it will be heartbreaking. Ah, well. I think I will just have to put on the big girl pants and do it.

Wish me luck!

Lis x