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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Art Edwards to let Buddy Out of the Cage for One Night In AZ in February!!!

One of the highlights of 2018 was watching the formation and ascendent star of Murphy's Outlaw.

This band consists of three of my best friends, two of which are former Refreshments and one a guy who was the lead singer of all of my AZ bands not the Refreshments. Despite the bass position of this band being more than ably manned by Mitch Cole, I couldn't help but watch on from Oregon and ... well, you know.

It seems my wish is being granted as I am officially scheduled to sit in for one night with Murphy's Outlaw on Friday, February 22nd at Scottsdale, Arizona's ROCK BAR.

I'm already starting to get a little geeky over this.

My understanding is you can get tickets at Rock Bar's Facebook Page and at their website.

Brian Blush asked me if I have any photos that might serve as appropriate. It took some digging, but I found an outtake from the Refreshments' first "photo shoot," the story of which you might find amusing.

In the summer of 1994, the Refreshments had our first LP Wheelie in the can. One problem: we didn't have a band photo.

You know, you're a band, and you want some cool, professional photo to put inside your CD. It's something bands do.

So, what do you do when you want a nice, professional photo of yourself? Why, go to Sears, of course!

As luck would have it, Sears had a sale, and the four of us put on our Sunday best and went to the Sears on (I believe) 44th and Camelback and threw down the credit card for the deluxe package.

It's probably one of my favorite memories of being in the band.

The young lady doing the shooting that day caught right on. "Which background would you like?"

"What are our choices?"

She started pulling down these tacky photo backgrounds, but I assure you, none was more tacky than the "space age" one that clearly dated from Star Wars time.

"That's the one."

So, we got all cozy--our little AZ rock and roll family getting its picture taken--and we came home that day (or back then probably had to go back and pick up a week later) with our photos.

The best one went into the inner sleeve of Wheelie. (I'm listening to Wheelie right now, incidentally. "Don't Wanna Know.") The second was a kind of outtake that found its way into some press stuff back in the day. Here's a partial.


That was 25 years ago. 

Wonder where I'll be in a year? How about 25?

Come see Murphy's Outlaw on February 22nd at Rock Bar and swing right along with Dustin Coleman Denham, Brian David Blush, James Allen Gerke, and of course, Arthur Eugene Edwards III.

Or Buddy.










Saturday, January 5, 2019

My Review of THE MELODY by Jim Crace up at Book and Film Globe!!!

I've been waiting for a site like Book and Film Globe to pop up for some time. It features fun, smart reviews of books and films by authors that aren't obsessed with playing fair or who they might offend. Bluntness has its virtues--or maybe not, but it's fun anyway.

I was thrilled to have the site accept my review of the latest novel by Jim Crace called The Melody. Not a rock novel, per se, but there is a singer in it, and this guy can write. Come take a peek.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

My Review of MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite up at Los Angeles Review of Books!!!!

To wrap up my review publishing for the year, I'd love for you to take a peek at my review of the very compelling novel My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, which just appeared at Los Angeles Review of Books. Do you like Jane Austen-influenced fiction? How about murder fiction? Braithwaite knocks both out of the park.

See you in 2019!

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Monday, November 5, 2018

My Review of THE SHAKESPEARE REQUIREMENT by Julie Schumacher up at Kenyon Review!!!

Big surprise, but I managed to work politics into my review of the excellent new novel by Julie Schumacher, The Shakespeare Requirement. The novel is flat-out entertaining while also managing to render a world where people mighty disagree but never un-friend.

It's the first of two reviews I've recently had accepted by the Kenyon Review, and I'd love for you to take a look.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Monday, October 1, 2018

My Review of The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen and Lord of California by Andrew Valencia up at The Believer!!!

I've been submitting my nonfiction to The Believer for about seven years. I love their symposium section, and I'm thrilled that--after a total of 30 submissions--they finally accepted one of my pieces.

The piece is a dual review of a two of recently published novels, The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen and Lord of California by Andrew Valencia. The novels' subject matter fits nicely into this issue's symposium theme, "This Modern Family," and I'm glad to have my reviews mixed in with a few other really good ones on this subject. Feel free to take a look. Scroll down to mine, which is called "Left (behind) Coast."

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

My Review of This is Memorial Device by David Keenan up at JMWW!

I'm always excited to get rock novel recommendations.

Lewis Buzbee passed This is Memorial Device by David Keenan on to me, which he found and read while traveling in Europe in 2017. I had to wait until this past February to get my hands on it here in the States, and it was well worth the wait. I touch on what the novel does well in my review of it, which just popped up at JMWW this past week. Give the review a read, then give the book a read.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

My Review of The Selfishness of Others by Kristen Dombek up at JMWW!

I started getting interested in narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) in the early 2000s. The term seemed fresh and new to me at the time. The books I read on NPD opened my eyes to a certain type of person to avoid, and I've done what I could to avoid them. 

Unfortunately, in 2018, the term no longer seems to apply only to my life anymore. I'm sorry for this, but on the upside is it's led to a great deal of compelling writing on NPD. As an example I offer Kristen Dombek's The Selfishness of Others, which I reviewed for JMWW

Take a look, and here's hoping you don't see your reflection!

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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