"Sexy, outrageous, raunchy, R-rated, and at times impossible"
It's gotta be rock 'n roll baby!!
After being knocked to the floor by his mother in 1955 during a “reefer madness” moment, Joseph “Joe Kool” Jack bids his New Orleans family life adieu—seeking sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll; which triggers a long Forrest Gump type journey of funny and outrageous misadventures that reveal Joe—at least in his own mind—as the real genius and driving force behind many of history’s greatest rock and pop culture moments.
Joe’s hedonistic quest gets a righteous start when he winds up naked and on the wrong end of the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun after escaping the sharp knife of a voluptuous beauty he was romancing—all because he made the most egregious mistake a man could ever make while in the midst of being intimate with a woman. While in his “birthday suit,” Joe straps on a guitar and does a completely naked Chuck Berry “duck walking” routine in order to weasel his way out of being shot; and simultaneously performs a subtle bit of subterfuge to camouflage an urgent need, which results in the creation of a rock ‘n roll device that would later become the forte of rocker/guitarist Pete Townsend and a zillion other guitar players....The “pure genius” of Joe Kool Jack is born!
In Joe’s efforts to leave New Orleans he befriends a crazed couple; but he soon ends up on the run from them after he becomes an unwitting participant in a serious crime that the couple commits. He escapes to Memphis, Tennessee knowing that there are bullets marked with his name on them. But his escape leads him to stumble upon and cultivate the number one most important entity in the history of rock ‘n roll….trouble is, he doesn’t get the time to capitalize on it, because the crazed couple track him down, and he has to run once again—his life continues in this mode of outrageous rock 'n roll discovery for quite a few years until he is finally forced to “fade to black”.
Rock ‘n roll is the name of Joe's game...and he makes it conspicuously known that he was a central player in many of the great musical moments that are now part of our cultural lexicon.....Well, at least inside his own mind!
I promote my new novel on episode 24 of the Guitar Radio Show!
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My writer's journey.
Book writing is a new arena for me….I did give it a half-hearted try about twelve years ago though, when I started writing a hi-tech sci-fi thriller; but I never got past the first chapter on that one—I just did not have the fortitude at the time to go through with it….writing and completing a novel takes a tremendous amount of time and effort….I’ll probably revisit my sci-fi thriller idea for the next book that I write.
It took me almost six years to complete my first book, “Rock & Roll, Sex, and Fools …The Slow Fade to Black of Mr. Joe Kool Jack.” I suppose if I wasn’t a working stiff during that time, then I could have gotten the book written a lot faster. But being that I’m a network guy at a large university and have a family and all the responsibilities that go with having a family…it is what it is.
Oh yes…and there is that music thing that I do; which also requires a lot of time!
The idea for “Rock & Roll, Sex, and Fools …” started around the end of 2006 when I heard a guy on a radio call-in show making inaccurate statements about how rock & roll got started. I’d taken a college rock & roll class back around 2001, which had enlightened me on the true beginnings of rock & roll. So as I listened to the radio caller I thought to myself, “Wow, that guy is tellin’ whoppers on the radio about rock & roll and there will be listeners who will believe what he’s saying,” and right then and there I thought up the main character for my book: a guy who tells whoppers about being responsible for many of the defining moments of rock & roll; despite what the history books tell us.
The name for the book came much later though.
I took the time to develop the various plots of the novel so that the reader never knows what’s coming next—my way of paying homage to the writing style of my favorite author, the great Walter Mosley of Easy Rawlins fame.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy the wild, wild ride of Joe Kool Jack….before he fades to black!