As a contributor to the anthology Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, I feel that I cannot review it, but I can as a blogger! I read the Kindle edition and had tears in my eyes from some of the stories. They show how courageous humanity can be. I especially like that, like me (and you), the authors found that music enabled them to keep on moving–or dancing–along the path of life. It has been a truly moving and uplifting experience.
Here are the links to buy Rock & Roll Saved My Soul. All profit is contributed to charity.
Kindle US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITZYFU4
Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ITZYFU4
Paperback US: http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Saved-My-Soul/dp/1494919559
Paperback UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Roll-Saved-My-Soul/dp/1494919559
Special Edition Paperback: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockAndRollSavedMe
In the anthology I did a short piece on John Denver but I, too, have an example of how Rock & Roll Saved My Soul. When I was 41 years old, I ran away from home. After a 21 year marriage that just wasn’t working I found myself driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I have a driving phobia but somehow, that last argument put me into an adrenalized state of survival and I found myself in Ohio. I immediately called my teenage sons to tell them I love them and that when I found a job, and a home, I would send for them. There seemed to be only one destination in my spiritual quest and that was the Petrified Forest in Arizona. This proved to be the perfect place for one who loves crystals and searingly hot silence. I felt like I was inside a geode and after a few days I healed. I was unable to find a job there and at the invitation of my friend Arlene, I drove to Virginia Beach to try my luck there. I was now closer to Philadelphia and could be with my sons most weekends.
So how did R&R save my soul? My car had a cassette tape deck (yeah, THOSE days) and I had some great cassettes. Here was my play list of the songs that spoke to me, encouraged me, because I did a lot of crying—round trip—on my spiritual journey:
“If I don’t get no shelter, man I’m gonna fade away” (Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones): obviously, since I was now homeless.
“Never saw a woman so alone, so alone” (LA Woman, The Doors): self-explanatory
“Break It” (Piece of My Heart, Janis Joplin): marriage over
“There must be someway out of here” (All Along the Watchtower, Jim Hendrix version, Bob Dylan author): life’s a dilemma.
“Memories can never take you back, home, sweet home. You can never go home anymore” (You Can Never Go Home, The Moody Blues) : self-explanatory
“I’ve been cheated, been mistreated, when will I be loved?” (When Will I Be Loved, Linda Ronstadt): self-explanatory
“Jai guru deva Om, nothing’s gonna change my world” (Across the Universe, The Beatles): but of course everything always changes.
“I went down Virginia, seeking shelter from the storm” (Who’ll Stop the Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival): because that’s exactly what I was doing.
The list goes on. Music, especially good rock & roll, is eternal. Thanks to all the musicians who were there for us. In the words of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”:
Thanks for the joy that you’ve given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You’ve helped me along
Makin’ me strong
Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, all proceeds donated to charity.