EXPERIENCED: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction

Vagabondage Press LLC
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EXPERIENCED is an anthology of compelling narratives giving new insight into the drama of the rock music world from every literary angle, and exploring rock’s profound effect on our culture and its divine influence over the devoted faithful.

Cutting to the core truths of rock music culture, Experienced is among the first rock anthologies to explore rock music and culture from the inside-out. Featuring works by some of the premier performers, writers and chroniclers of rock music: James, Greer, Jim DeRogatis, David Menconi, Brad Kava, Fred de Vries and others. You’ll read about touring musicians and touring fans. Label signings gone awry. A late-night DJ and a serial killer. The evolution of life as a roadie. These are stories unique to each writer; yet, you’ll discover within them an experience that is universal. Some are fiction and some non-fiction, but they’re all true. 

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About the author

 ROLAND GOITY, co-editor, edits fiction for the online art & literary journal, LITnIMAGE. His own stories appear widely online and in print. His first experience with rock music came courtesy of K-tel Records.

JOHN OTTEY, co-editor, lives in Idaho, where he teaches in the English Department at Boise State University. He has served as editor on several publications. His short stories have appeared in Harvard Review, Bat City Review, Redivider, New Plains Review, juked, Scrivener Creative Review, The Puritan, Foliate Oak, LITnIMAGE, and elsewhere.

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Publisher
Vagabondage Press LLC
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Published on
Jul 24, 2011
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Pages
162
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ISBN
9781452405780
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / General
Fiction / Humorous
Fiction / Literary
Music / Genres & Styles / Rock
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