There’s something about Manhattan in the summertime that has always been a bit of a mystery to me. That acrid smell that hits you, the moment you step off the platform from Penn Station, the steam rising from places in the pavement, vendors hawking hot dogs on every corner, and a slight, yellow pallor that seems to infuse everything. In the summer of 1984 I took the train into the city[…]

It seems like it’s all coming together. At least, that’s what it feels like. I woke up today to discover my novel, “Cocaine To Bain: Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Inside Story of the Hollywood Guitar Center” placed as one of two finalists in the 6th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards – Memoir category. There was one winner and there were two finalists. I was one of them.[…]

So the “fret” in question here is not a guitar fret. It’s my dear friend, writer Amy Sommer’s blog, Fret For Hire. She is a married, mother of three and she writes about her life, her children–typical angst and a Mother’s woes (hence the fretting) but always with a spin and snarkiness uniquely her own. In a previous life, Amy was an independent film producer with a focus on documentary fare. Amongst her credits the Academy-Award[…]

I’m so excited that bloggers are posting about the book–it’s crazy! It’s great! Special thanks to Bookworm 1102 and to So Susy Says for featuring posts on Cocaine To Bain. If you get a chance please sign up for their blogs. Links are below:   http://sosuzysays.com/rock-n-roll/ Guest Post: Cocaine To Bain: Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll And The Inside Story Of The Hollywood Guitar Center by Taylor Van Arsdale