Two books by two Oklahoma authors that rock and roll Baby Boomers should be heading out to get.
First, is a fictional account of small town Oklahoma musician (Sally Moore), and her journey in search of the big dream. Confessions of a Former Rock Queen by Kirk Bjornsgaard is her story; her accomplishments, her drive to succeed, her relationships with the men in her life, and her final understanding of what’s important. Kirk shows his musical expertise throughout the writing of this book. It flows as smoothly as a good song. It’s important to me that male authors can write believable female characters, and Kirk does an excellent job; especially in his portrayal of Sally during the rapidly changing social and family roles of the sixties.
It’s a nostalgic read for us Baby Boomers; “garage bands”, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, country music v. rock, the draft and the women’s movement, and the fact that every event in our life has a song playing in the background. This book is a finalist in the 2010 Oklahoma Center for the Book, Oklahoma Book Award Fiction category. It’s also a reminder to remember our true self, and the importance of family and friends.
Next book for you rock and rollers, Rock Band Name Origins: The Stories of 240 Groups and Performers. Greg Metzer, Edmond attorney has set out to detail the origin of 240 band names from the 1960′s through today. This book has gathered interesting tidbits about each band including year the act formed, band names considered and rejected , the original members and the band’s best known hit. The bands are listed in alphabetical order and include everyone from Buffalo Springfield, Meat Loaf to Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains and everyone in between. Looking for some fun rock trivia, want to remember your rock and roll past, give both these books a read.
Here’s Bam’s take on the book and a nice picture of the author.