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Old 01-30-2007, 08:50 AM
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Rockin' Down The Highway

Yo all--

I just became a new member of Hotrodders. You can read about me in the INTRODUCE YOURSELF forum.

This ain't no ad. I'm the author of ROCKIN' DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE CARS AND PEOPLE WHICH MADE ROCK ROLL. It was published this Fall by Voyageur Press, an imprint of Motorbooks. It's the first book ever about rock & roll and the automobile.

I met literally thousands of people at the SF ROD & CUSTOM show and also this past weekend in Pomona, at the GRAND NATIONAL.

Many have now told me their stories about how rock & roll and hot rods and
customs were linked for them. Considering the book is 240 pages of these relationships, I'd love to hear back from everyone here.

Did you find the book easily? What did you think when you finally opened it up? Does it work? Did I do ok?

The book is for gearheads and rockers. Lemme know.

Best,

Paul

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Do we need to buy the book in order to review it?

If so, it looks like you are still advertising.

Possibly you could distribute some free copies to some of our members and let them read it, then they might give you some feedback.

Send me a copy and I will give an honest review when I am done reading. You can PM me for my address.

Possibly if you were an established member here it would be easier to believe that this was not an ad.

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You can send me a copy as well. I have written many book reviews for several writers websites. PM me and I will send you my address.
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That reminds me, there is another book printed by voyager press called "The All American Hot Rod"

ISBN 0-89658-654-5

It is a collection of 17 stories, Many by well respected authors. You may have heard of Pat Ganahl, Henry Gregor Felson, Gale Banks...and there is even a story by a guy named Henry Highrise....


Yes, "That", Henry Highrise.

There are stories about bonneville, hot rod movies, the surfing scene, hot rods and music, hot rod delinquency.. (wonder why henry is included in that chapter? ) i really liked his story too.


I read it and it was a really good book, the stories were well written and really left me with the feeling that I understood alot more about what it was like to have grown up while the hobby and lifestyle was being formed.

The pics were large and actually relative to the text, with captions and picture credits that let you know who it was.

I went out and picked up a copy at barnes and noble on the recommendation of a friend. They had it in stock .I'm glad I did.




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That reminds me, there is another book printed by voyager press called "The All American Hot Rod"

ISBN 0-89658-654-5

It is a collection of 17 stories, Many by well respected authors. You may have heard of Pat Ganahl, Henry Gregor Felson, Gale Banks...and there is even a story by a guy named Henry Highrise....


Yes, "That", Henry Highrise.

There are stories about bonneville, hot rod movies, the surfing scene, hot rods and music, hot rod delinquency.. (wonder why henry is included in that chapter? ) i really liked his story too.


I read it and it was a really good book, the stories were well written and really left me with the feeling that I understood alot more about what it was like to have grown up while the hobby and lifestyle was being formed.

The pics were large and actually relative to the text, with captions and picture credits that let you know who it was.

I went out and picked up a copy at barnes and noble on the recommendation of a friend. They had it in stock .I'm glad I did.




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No comment on the Delinquency Chapter
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It's all good Henry, You on the RIGHT side of the law now, I see that star.

This morning real gone rocker PMed myself and Home Brew with an offer to get us copies of his book to read and review. I will get ahold of a copy to read, because the subject matter really does interest me. (although Paul did offer me a free copy, I'm gonna do it the bass akwards mikey way and buy one. I don't mind greasing the machine)

In his PM Paul seemed like a straight up guy, and he rose to our challenge with no hesitation.

I went to the website and looked around and I thought it was a sincere looking place, without a bunch of flashy hype. There are several chapter heading pages from the book which in themselves, made some good reading. ( I could identify with the chapter called "radar love"...)

When I read about Jonathan Richman, (in the chapter 7 sample page), singing about being on Rte 128 in Mass by the power lines it brought back some cool memories. (at one time I lived there and drove on that terrible road) I always liked that song.

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Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop
With the radio on


I'll let you guys know.


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thanks guys for the interest. I worked like a dog on ROCKIN' for nearly two and a half years . . . and I think it shows.

if we can provide review copies to the right guys, let me know. all we ask is that the reviews be seen.

now I'm preparing for the Sacramento Autorama. I know I'll be at the Lone Star Roundup in Austin, TX (late March), and Classics 'n Chrome in April in Illinois. Depending on my Feb. sched, I also could follow the trail up thru Portland and Seattle, and then for the summer connect with the Good Guys sched as well. I also want to make it out to the Minnesota Hot Rod Assoc's big event. Point is, I'm prepared to do my part in meeting people, letting them know about the book, hearing all the stories my brain can fit.

personally, my favorite song about a car is "Black and White Thunderbird" by The Delicates (1959), a classic in NY and NJ at the time.

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Paul...

It is great of you to let these guys read a copy of your book and give their veiws of it. Because of our commitment of no advertising, it is a touchy subject. Not tyring to include a website in your posts.......and supplying a copy for members to read , shows us that you just want an opinion from us....thanks

You can, post your website in your profile...........that is not against our rules
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Well, I read enough of Paul's book to do some kind of review. I went and bought a copy, with my bookstore discount card it was 35.00.
It is a big book, lots of pictures, Printed in China too.

In a PM I had asked Paul to show that he was not just advertising his book, sit and stay a while and maybe contribute to some threads. Or start one. In other words, bevave like a member.

He thought that was a good idea.

But that's where it stopped.
Maybe he is busy, I don't know.

I don't think Home Brew got the book he was promised...yet.
How long does it take for that kind of stuff to happen?

I really don't feel all that compelled to say what I think of his book anymore.


I liked the book Henry Highrise wrote a story for. That book was good reading all through.

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Sorry for the delay in getting back with everyone. Between working car shows and my daily tasks in entertainment merchandising (and blogging on my own website, www.********.com) and family needs, there just hasn't been much time to keep up with all the forums, and everybody's soliciting my input which is great . . . but . . .

Motorbooks sent a book to be reviewed by Home Brew, and I can confirm it was indeed sent, and then we both believe it's been hung up at Canadian customs (maybe someone there is a gearhead and has been enjoying the book all by himself before sending it on, but who knows?).

I'm looking forward to Home Brew's review. In the meantime, if you want, check out Alan Mayes review in Ol' Skool Rodz (issue #21, May '07).

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Thats great...but a little problem...We need to remove the link to your website. You are selling the book from there which makes it commercial advertising. As we said before, you can put the link in your profile, but cant put it on the main board.........Just the way ir is......
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Well, I read enough of Paul's book to do some kind of review. I went and bought a copy, with my bookstore discount card it was 35.00.
It is a big book, lots of pictures, Printed in China too.

In a PM I had asked Paul to show that he was not just advertising his book, sit and stay a while and maybe contribute to some threads. Or start one. In other words, bevave like a member.

He thought that was a good idea.

But that's where it stopped.
Maybe he is busy, I don't know.

I don't think Home Brew got the book he was promised...yet.
How long does it take for that kind of stuff to happen?

I really don't feel all that compelled to say what I think of his book anymore.


I liked the book Henry Highrise wrote a story for. That book was good reading all through.

Later, mikey
Henry's book is on my coffeetable at this moment. Mikey, yea or nay on this one? Dan
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The book is still on the TOP of my toilet tank, it's only been second book down in the stack once when I got the new Northern equipment catalog.

But it still looks like real gone rocker is using the board to advertise on.


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Guys, I'm not trying to advertise. Honestly. Just initiate a discussion on the topic. The book speaks for itself. As does its website. As do all the reviews received.

Going forward, I will not post my website address in any forums or threads, per your rules. I apologize for that infraction.

Mikey, I hope you enjoy the book. Interested to read your comments.

Real Gone Rocker.
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