Playing Back the 80s Takes Readers On Nostalgic Romp With Decade’s Most Memorable Hit Makers

Trish Stevens
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Playing Back the 80s Takes Readers On Nostalgic Romp With Decade’s Most Memorable Hit Makers

Old Forge, PA. From Modern English and the Hooters to Bananarama and the B-52s, the music of the 1980s bounced to a distinctive beat that defined the decade as one of the last great glory eras of pop music. And thanks to the dawn of MTV and shows like “Friday Night Videos,” a generation of music lovers suddenly had faces — and often elaborately staged mini-movies — to make the music’s messages stick.

To get to the heart of what made this decade’s music so special that it still streams endlessly in businesses and on satellite radios everywhere, music journalist Jim Beviglia weaves an en-tertaining narrative of the stories behind the phenomenal pop music era in Playing Back the 80s: A Decade of Unstoppable Hits.

Anyone who’s ever rocked a mullet or painstakingly made a mix tape will find memories in every line of lyrics as Beviglia delves deep into the creative process with artists such as Huey Lewis, Rick Springfield, Kim Carnes, Vernon Reid, Dennis DeYoung, Colin Hay and Eddie Money. All told, Playing Back the 80s features original interviews with more than 60 artists, producers, session players, writers and others who were directly involved with the most memorable songs of the decade, sharing the stories of how they created — often against im-posing odds and in the midst of bizarre circumstances — the unstoppable hits and unherald-ed gems that still enchant so many fans today.

Playing Back the 80s will have music fans pulling their old cassettes out of storage and re-membering when and where they heard the songs first. For those who didn’t grow up in the 80s, this endlessly fun book will show them what the fuss was all about and maybe reveal a few surprises along the way.

Jim Beviglia is the author of Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs; Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs; Counting Down The Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs; and Counting Down The Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs, all published by Rowman & Littlefield. In addition, Beviglia is the featured writer at American Songwriter mag-azine, where he writes about both new and classic artists for the print and online editions. He also hosts his own blog at countdownkid.wordpress.com, where he focuses on the back cata-logs of some of rock and pop’s greatest artists and songwriters.

Playing Back The 80s: A Decade Of Unstoppable Hits
Release date: November 15, 2018
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN-10: 1538116391
ISBN-13: 978-1538116395
Available from all online booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart, plus the Rowman & Littlefield website at rowman.com

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Murder Or Suicide — You Be The Judge!

Trish Stevens
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Murder Or Suicide — You Be The Judge!

Denver, CO. Vincent van Gogh’s death in July 1890 has always been believed to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound into his belly. This 19th-century suicide theory has come under recent scrutiny when TIME magazine, on their October 31, 2011, cover, asked the question, “Who Killed van Gogh?” and then followed up with their culture cover, “Was van Gogh’s Death Really a Suicide?”

I. Kaufman Arenberg, MD, a prominent (retired) ear surgeon, has been publishing on van Gogh ever since he wrote a cover-featured “Special Communication” article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This report, whose publication coincided with the 100th anniversary of Vincent’s death in July 1990, corrected the old misdiagnosis for Vin-cent’s noteworthy “attacks”—attributing them to an inner-ear disease (Meniere’s disease) and not to epilepsy. He never believed at that time that van Gogh committed suicide.

Now, from that same doctor, comes another stunner: His analysis and new, 21st-century fo-rensic evidence strongly suggests the artist was a victim of murder.

In his new book, Killing Vincent: The Man, the Myth and the Murder, Arenberg invites readers to examine the evidence he’s unearthed since the JAMA article was published, while calling for a more thorough look into this cold case using 21st-century forensic simulations and reenactments with the same antique revolver that might have been used in the murder, vin-tage black powder bullets and FBI ballistic gel.

Arenberg has continued his groundbreaking research to this day and, in his book, he shares the evidence he’s unearthed since his revelations in 1990. Arenberg says his research strongly suggests that the artist may have been murdered and that an elaborate scheme was concocted to make it appear that he committed suicide.

Did van Gogh take his own life in a fit of madness? Or did something much more sinister happen to one of the world’s greatest visionaries?

“Everyone is fascinated and intrigued by the iconic Vincent,” said Arenberg. “But when you substitute premeditated murder and an elaborate cover-up, then add to that an intriguing ro-mantic twist that could provide a motive for his murder—you will really have everyone’s atten-tion!”

Killing Vincent also features interactive elements, including social media platforms as well as a website, allowing readers to interact on a dedicated forum and discuss various theories about van Gogh’s life and death.
Arenberg, a noted author of medical works, now takes his first stab at nonfiction. He has served on the boards of several peer-reviewed journals and was made the youthful Associate Editor of the AMA Archives of Otolaryngology in 1968. He has edited six books, published 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and published or presented more than 500 abstracts, papers or book chapters on ear diseases, hearing, balance and tinnitus, and specifically Meniere’s disease. He has lectured extensively in many countries and was a visiting professor at many distinguished medical schools and teaching hospitals. He founded and ran three nonprofit organizations and has been awarded three international gold medal honor awards.
To learn more, check out the intriguing and in-depth website, www.killingvincent.com. This website also features an ongoing, interactive forum and other interactive elements, including social media platforms that allow readers to interact and discuss various theories about van Gogh’s life and death with the author. Note: You can immediately view the TOC, Foreword, Preface and Chapter One on the website.

Killing Vincent: The Man, the Myth and the Murder
Available Immediately at:
Amazon.com – Kindle E-Book, Paperback Color or B&W
Ingram Spark Distribution – Color Hardcover, Libraries, Mortar/Online Book Retailers

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Leo Fender – The Man Whose Invention Lead The Way For Rock And Roll

[By Phyllis Fender] Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World (Hardcover)【2017】by Phyllis Fender (Author) (Hardcover)
Monica Foster
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Leo Fender – The Man Whose Invention Lead The Way For Rock And Roll

Fullerton, CA ― The world occasionally produces one of those rare thinkers whose name becomes iconic.

Thomas Edison lit up the world; Albert Einstein profoundly altered the study of physics; Walt Disney reimagined entertainment; and Leo Fender invented the electric guitar.

Fender grew up in Fullerton, California, where his interest in electronics lead him to open his own radio repair shop in 1938. It wasn’t long before musicians and band leaders turned to him for help in repairing their equipment.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Fender’s revolutionary guitar, the Fender Stratocaster, has been the preference of world-renowned musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck — to name a few.

While his name is synonymous with fist-pumping rock and roll sound, in reality, Fender was a shy, unassuming inventor who was nearly deaf and had one glass eye.

In 1946 he founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company — the launch pad for his most iconic designs — and later on, G&L Musical Instruments.

And now, his wife Phyllis Fender gives readers a memory-filled look into the wonderful world of this quiet genius in the book, Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World. The book was co-written by Randall Bell, Ph.D., who grew up in Fender’s neighborhood and whose father was the head of the R&D department at Fender’s company.

Fender’s game-changing contributions to the music world have been widely recognized. He was presented with the Country Music Association Pioneer Award in 1981; was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock Walk of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His accomplishments were also acknowledged with a Technical Grammy Award in 2009. Fender died in 1991.

Today, Fender is a household name. But the quirky, shy inventor never lived large or flaunted his fame. He lived in a mobile home, even after selling his company for $300 million (in today’s dollars). His daily routines and obsessions made him truly fascinating, and thanks to his enduring instruments, Fender’s legacy forever lives on.

Author Phyllis Fender volunteers at the Fullerton Museum where she shares with visitors stories about her life with Leo. She also serves as the Honorary Chairman of G&L. Twenty-two years ago, two different doctors told Phyllis that she had six months to live. Today, both of those doctors are dead, and she is here to finally tell this remarkable story.


LEO FENDER: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World
Leadership Institute Press
Released: November 2017
ISBN-10: 0996793143
ISBN-13: 978-0996793148
Available at: http://amzn.to/2pyi34i

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Blood in the Desert: Only The Unwavering Power Of Love And Faith Can Overcome Persecution

Mary Beth Smith
Park Cities Publishing
214-725-2823
mbsmith@parkcitiespublishing.com

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Blood in the Desert: Only The Unwavering Power Of Love And Faith Can Overcome Persecution

Dallas, TX ― Religious persecution was an all-too cruel reality for early Christians in 294 A.D. The Roman Empire searched relentlessly for believers, torturing and killing some and selling others into slavery. It was a dark time for Miriam, an orphaned young woman now enslaved by a brutal Roman officer named Quintus. Miriam would endure unthinkable emotional and physical torture before being forced to bear the officer’s child, a heartache made worse when the baby, Philip, is born blind. In a fit of rage, the ruthless Quintus drives mother and child apart, casting them on perilous, separate paths.

C. Douglas Gordon’s debut novel, Blood in the Desert, follows Miriam and Philip as they each drift aimlessly toward their fate. In this portrait of the enduring supernatural power of love and faith in perilous times, the mysterious wolf Lupa appears, leading Miriam to her new destiny, while Philip is taken in by nomadic traders. Their dramatic journeys through the treacherous devotions of early Christendom illuminate the risks and rewards of faith in the years before Emperor Constantine found a powerful ally in Yesua and changed the course of history. Until then, all the things modern Christians take for granted — institutions, buildings, meeting spaces and even the gathered texts that make up the New Testament — were nonexistent for hundreds of years following the death and resurrection of Christ.

Dallas businessman C. Douglas Gordon has translated his organizational and management skills to the task of bringing detail-oriented research to his novels. Inspired by his older brother’s deep faith, Doug honors his memory by exploring the roots of Christianity from its earliest appearances in history and through its years of torment and challenge.

Doug’s series, You Left in Me the Faith, seeks to shed light on the formative period that gave birth to the Church as we know it today. Years of effort have produced an exciting first novel, Blood in the Desert. Doug creates fictional characters whose lives interact with and are impacted by real historical events and figures of the day. Readers can’t help but be amazed that Christianity survived at all. The second novel in the series, The Twelve Coins, is currently in progress.

For more information, please visit www.CDouglasGordon.com.

Blood in the Desert
Park Cities Publishing
Released: 2017
Available at www.Amazon.com.
ISBN-10: 0996853839
ISBN-13: 978-0996853835

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