Lay My Guitar Down Gently: Where the Dream to Become a Rock Legend Often Leads to Self Destruction

Xlibris Corporation
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A RECOVERY HISTORY AND ROCK N ROLL BOOK ALL ROLLED INTO ONE It just may just be the Book Baby boomers have been waiting for. This self published semi Historical/ Biography contains elements of the past Sixty years many will feel has taken them back in time. It is the story of a impoverished child who finds Rock n Roll at the age of 14 in 1955. Six years later he is at the height of the Sixties Music Scene on the East Coast. As a Rock n Roll Musician in those years he discovers the true psychic nature of the stirrings of his soul during a stay in the legendary Greenwich Village of the early Sixties. While there he becomes familiar with all the soon to be legends including Bob Dylan. One year later he associates with other soon to be legends including Jimi James Hendrix, The Animals while backing up some of the largest recording acts in the world including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Ronnettes, Shangri-Las-Others. His band the Teemates were the FIRST and foremost exact look and sound alike of the Beatles and the electrifying performances drew huge numbers of screaming girls at their Concerts Soon he and his band are the House band for the legendary Sixties Disc Jockey Scot Muni at Scots entry into the Nightclub business which opened in 1965 called The Rolling Stone Disco. From there the band became the Matinee House band at the legendary Big Band Dixie land nightclub on Broadway called The Metropole Cafe. Within months an LP is released (Which is still in demand today) Sadly he also discovers that with all of its pomp and glory being a musician in those days the subtle risks involved carry a deadly trait as well. Within the rapidly passing years of time his addiction to alcohol soon took its toll until he no longer had any idea of who he was or where to go. But he did find recovery from his addictions. Only to realize that years would be required to undo the damage of a severely damaged emotional state of being.In summary a great many will discover his experience of repairing that damage is available for anyone willing to follow his lead.
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Bobby of the Teemates is Robert Polhemus. While he still performs occasionally he prefers doing small venues singing some of the Folk songs from the Sixties era. Bobby also enjoys Radio Interviews. He is happily married going on fourteen years to his present wife Judy who runs a Medical Insurance Advocacy business from their home in Yonkers New York.

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Publisher
Xlibris Corporation
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Published on
May 16, 2011
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Pages
239
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ISBN
9781456887094
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
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