Israel Jones Live!

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by Ed Davis on September 2, 2014

The Official Launch 
Just as the leaves begin to softly fall, ageless rocker Israel Jones’ “Eternal Tour” rolls into the Miami Valley on September 1. I’m referring to my latest novel, The Psalms of Israel Jones, a father-son redemptive tale set in the world of professional rock. The novel took three years to write, another three to find the perfect publisher, and nine months to edit and turn into a handsome book.
Where to Get It
For now, the book is available from the publisher, West Virginia University Press, at Amazon, and locally at Epic Bookshop in Yellow Springs and Blue Jacket Books […]

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My Writing Process Blog Tour:  Julie L. Moore

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by Ed Davis on August 18, 2014

The following is a guest post from writer Julie L. Moore, continuing the Writing Process blog tour.

Many thanks to Ed Davis for inviting me to participate in this tour of my writing process, initiated by James Tate Hill, at North Carolina A&T State University. Since I don’t have a blog myself, I’m grateful for his willingness to host my answers here as well.
1) What are you working on?
Since my second full-length book of poetry Particular Scandals came out in 2013, I’ve embarked on some new projects. First is simply pulling together the poems I’ve written over the last five years […]

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

August 7, 2014
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I’m grateful to my fellow writer Valerie Nieman for inviting me to participate in this blog tour on Writing Process, initiated by James Tate Hill, her colleague at North Carolina A&T State University. Val’s blog appeared last week at http://valerienieman.blogspot.com/. I’m pleased to answer the questions below about the way I work and also read about the way others slay this beast called writing.

What are you working on?Currently I’m working on the sequel to Hardwood, the novel I’ve just finished and begun marketing, about Maggie Absher, a forty-year-old divorced high school English teacher who is inadvertently responsible for a mini-ecological […]

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Rock and Roll Heaven V: End of the Road

July 23, 2014
www.davised.com: photo by Kim Westendorf

(The following concludes my series of rock and roll essays about coming of age in southern West Virginia in the 1960s. In September, my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, set inside the world of professional rock, will be published by West Virginia University Press.)
“All the roads we run and the folks we knew,
The risky things we used to do.
Now it’s over and we know we’re through
And I wish we had our time again.”
– John Hartford
Bottle and Tape
I heard the awful news the Monday after it happened, from the two Hamdenites who’d been with him:  Tony dead of an alcohol […]

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Rock and Roll Heaven IV: The Language of Soul

July 15, 2014
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(The following continues my rock and roll coming of age in southern West Virginia in the 1960s. In September, 2014, my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, set inside the world of professional rock, will be published by West Virginia University Press.) 
“I’d lick the sweat off James Brown’s balls.”
The Shot Heard ‘Round Town…
The above declaration about a famous singer’s genitals was made before witnesses in the late spring of 1967 by a Hamdenite who will remain unnamed, shortly after the concert immortalized in this poster. It set off a furor that led to a schism in Hamden’s Church of Lost Souls and […]

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Rock and Roll Heaven III: Dusty’s Dream

July 7, 2014
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The Visions. Front row, left to right: Ed Davis, Tookie Marcus. Back row: Dusty Thompson, Bob Booth, Wayne Jenkins.
 
(The following continues my rock and roll coming of age in southern West Virginia in the 1960s. In September, 2014, my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, set inside the world of professional rock, will be published by West Virginia University Press.) 
“He’s a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his nowhere land
Making all his nowhere plans
For nobody.”
—Lennon-McCartney
My Generation . . .
There we are in our plush suit jackets and ties:  your typical working-class rock and roll band of the mid-1960s. And the Visions did work every […]

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Rock and Roll Heaven II:  The Little Band That Might’ve (But Didn’t)

June 30, 2014
Kings English, Left to right: Fred Martin, Ed Davis, Nick Bassett

Photo: On-stage at Bluefield Auditorium, left to right: Fred Martin, Ed Davis, Nick Bassett
(The following continues my rock and roll coming of age in southern West Virginia in the 1960s. In September, 2014 my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, set inside the world of professional rock, will be published by West Virginia University Press.) 
“The King’s English, a small pop group from Princeton, is out to prove that you don’t need a whole army of musicians to produce a good, clean sound . . . I predict that if [they] would only diversify and not concentrate solely on “The Rolling Stones” sound, they’d make […]

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Rock and Roll Heaven I: Hamden’s

June 24, 2014
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“If there’s a rock and roll heaven,
Well, you know they’ve got a hell of a band.”
—The Righteous Brothers
(In September, 2014, my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones will be published by West Virginia University Press, a novel set inside the world of professional rock and roll, which has me, at 62, contemplating my own musical past. For the first time in forty-five years, I’ve given myself permission to take a look at a critical period of my life, from age 16 through 19, when I lived for one thing and one thing only . . .)
As a teenager, did you have […]

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Poetry Matters: Reviews and Interviews

April 29, 2014
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A literary career is not to be confused with one’s deep reasons for writing. A career, whatever that means, can be enjoyable and a blessing, but, if you’re not careful, it can sometimes lead you to despair. My wise former colleague at Sinclair Community College, Tim Waggoner, always counsels his creative writing students to ask themselves what they really want from writing. I would add:  And try to make sure that’s reasonable.
Still, disappointments will ensue. Maybe it didn’t destroy you when you didn’t get your poem or short story accepted by the New Yorker, but it did sting when a […]

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Epic Poetry in April

March 23, 2014
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Three Poets
Epic Bookshop is again alive and well in Yellow Springs, newly-reopened at 229 Xenia Avenue between the Senior Citizens Center and the Emporium/Underdog Cafe. What better place to celebrate National Poetry Month! That’s why I asked two dynamic Greene County poets to join me on Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon of poetry at Epic.
Mystic Connections from Xenia
Author of children’s books, yoga teacher and poet Rita Coleman published Mystic Connections:  Poems of Nature and Relationships a few years ago. The natural world always appears in Rita’s work in all its ethereal splendor, but she also writes movingly of people […]

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