Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the rock & roll thriller genre with his fifth novel, Rubber Soul, featuring The Beatles as characters. Part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story, the book is an action-packed ride through Beatlemania. Greg Kihn got the idea for Rubber Soul from his radio interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pattie Boyd Harrison, Yoko Ono, and original Beatles drummer Pete Best. With historical details that are 100% accurate, Rubber Soul is a must for every Beatles aficionado. Premier Digital Publishing released Rubber Soul in both trade paperback and digital formats on September 3, 2013.
Rubber Soul’s protagonist is Bobby Dingle, a.k.a. Dust Bin Bob. According to Greg, he’d asked former members of The Beatles where, as teens, they’d gotten their vinyl records. “Their answers inspired the central character, Dust Bin Bob, and this novel.”
Dust Bin Bob runs a stall for his father’s second-hand shop at Penny Lane Flea Market. He has an extensive collection of American R&B singles that he procures from merchant marines returning from the U.S. to Albert Dock in Liverpool. The action starts when he befriends four young Liverpudlian lads. He becomes lifelong friends with John, Paul, George, and Ringo, sharing the vinyl that will start a revolution.
From then on, it’s a rocket ride from The Beatles’ earliest days in Liverpool; to six shows a night in Hamburg, Germany; to the Cavern Club; to The Ed Sullivan Show and full-fledged Beatlemania. Along the way, Dust Bin Bob thwarts a plot in 1966 by Ferdinand Marcos loyalists to assassinate The Beatles after they skip a reception at the palace in Manila and narrowly avoiding an international incident. (It could have happened.) Download an excerpt of the first chapter FREE at http://noisetrade.com/gregkihn and pre-order Rubber Soul at http://amazon.gregkihn.com
After a lifetime of rock & roll, of decades on the road, and of almost 17 years behind the microphone as the San Francisco Bay Area’s Number One classic rock FM morning man, no one else but Greg Kihn could have written this story.
NBC called Greg Kihn “rock’s true renaissance man.” His career stretches from the dawn of punk and indie rock to the discos of the ’80s to the glory days of MTV. As a pioneering recording artist with the legendary Beserkley Records during the 1970’s and 1980’s, and with chart-topping songs and MTV videos for “Jeopardy” and “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em),” Kihn helped write the book on revolutionary West Coast rock & roll. In the ’90s, he turned his attention to writing fiction, and to FM radio. He published four novels, a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians. In 1997, his first novel, Horror Show, was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. Breaking into FM radio in 1996, Kihn is recognized as the longest reigning Number One classic rock radio morning man in the San Francisco Bay Area, broadcasting on KFOX FM 102.1 San Francisco and 98.5 San Jose–until September ’12, when he was fired. Two weeks later, he was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
Greg Kihn is proud to announce the 13th Annual Kihncert, featuring headliner Bret Michaels of Poison, on Saturday, Oct.12, at the 15,000 capacity Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, just a mere 25 minutes south of San Jose in Morgan Hill. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.Kihncert.com
The all-day classic rock concert festival extravaganza, which begins at noon and runs to 11pm, also features The Greg Kihn Band, with Greg’s son Ry Kihn on lead guitar, and The Tubes (“White Punks on Dope,” “Talk to Ya’ Later” and “She’s a Beauty”). Rounding out the musical line-up is Dada, The Brodie Stewart Band, Mad Jack, and XEB (featuring Third Eye Blind original founding members Arion Salazar and Kevin Cadogan).
General admission tickets are ludicrously inexpensive at only $15 in advance through http://www.kihncert.com; and $20 day of show. A VIP Soundcheck Party Package, where you can hang with Greg Kihn and all of the acts, is also available at $95 per person, through Kinhcert.com. There will be food from dozens of Truck Nation gourmet fare vendors. And, in celebration of Kihntoberfest, you can party, imbibe and “kihnsume” the very best adult beverages at the beer and wine garden, where regional bands and artists will entertain on a side stage between main stage sets.
The long-running Kihncert–one of the largest classic rock concert festivals west of the Mississippi–drew thousands of fans annually to Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View. For 12 years, The Kihncert featured Greg Kihn as the emcee, with the Greg Kihn Band performing alongside many of the world’s greatest classic rock bands, including The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jefferson Starship, Eddie Money, Boston, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, The Steve Miller Band, Foghat, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, John Waite, Pat Travers, Night Ranger, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Styx, REO Speedwagon, .38 Special, Pat Benatar, Yes, and Kansas. Now the party is moving south to rock Morgan Hill. You won’t want to miss it!
· What: The 13th Annual Kihncert featuring Bret Michaels of Poison, The Greg Kihn Band, The Tubes, Dada, The Brodie Stewart Band, Mad Jack, and XEB.
· When: Saturday, Oct.12, noon-11pm
· Where: The Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road, Morgan Hill, http://www.morganhilloutdoorsportscenter.com, tel: 408-778-3900 and email: email@example.com
· Tickets: $15 in advance (http://www.kihncert.com); $20 at the door; and $95 VIP Soundcheck Party Meet-and-Greet Package with the Artists. Service charges apply.