Greg Kihn : Rubber Soul (excerpt)

Rubber Soul (excerpt)

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Arts & Entertainment , Mysteries & Thrillers

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Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Eddie Money

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Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the rock-thriller genre with Rubber Soul, a murder mystery and an action-packed ride through Beatlemania, featuring the Beatles themselves. Dust Bin Bob runs a secondhand shop at the Flea Market at Penny Lane. He has an extensive rep of American R&B singles that he gets from merchant marines returning from Baltimore and New York. The action starts when he befriends some blokes by the names of John, Paul, George, and Ringo and becomes their lifelong friend sharing the vinyl that will start a revolution. From then on, it’s a rocket ride from their earliest days in Liverpool to six shows a night in Hamburg to the Cavern Club to full-fledged Beatlemania. Along the way, Dust Bin Bob uncovers a plot by Marcos loyalists to assassinate the Fab Four in Manila after they snub Imelda Marcos, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident. It all could have happened! 100 percent historically accurate and including previously unpublished information about the Beatles’ early days, Rubber Soul is inspired by Greg Kihn’s radio interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Patti Harrison, and Yoko Ono. When he asked where the Beatles got those rare American R&B records that inspired their early music, he got his answer from merchant marines who brought them over from Baltimore to Liverpool. From a serious Beatles fan who has read every word ever written about the group, Rubber Soul is a wild ride through rock ’n’ roll history.

Editorial Reviews

"Kihn well captures the enthusiasm and joy generated in the early years of the supergroup, and boomers, especially, will enjoy reliving those heady days." — Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist


"There's no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He's the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book."
- Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple

"Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about the Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat."
- Ben Fong Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone


"Greg Kihn is the most compelling author who ever had a top five singing career. Rubber Soul is a fantastic story by Greg, with an historical back beat. I urge you not to miss this."
- Joan Jett

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