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Flight 505: a novella
     

Flight 505: a novella

by Leslie Bohem
 

Billy Sooner made it big. Mickey and Al were left behind. In a bid to recapture the past, they hope to reunite on stage at Madison Square Gardens, before Mickey’s shady past and bingo dauber heroin send them on a trip they can’t come back from.

Flight 505 is bloody, bleak, meditative, funny, and, on one level or another, all about music,

Overview

Billy Sooner made it big. Mickey and Al were left behind. In a bid to recapture the past, they hope to reunite on stage at Madison Square Gardens, before Mickey’s shady past and bingo dauber heroin send them on a trip they can’t come back from.

Flight 505 is bloody, bleak, meditative, funny, and, on one level or another, all about music, musicians, and the glory and damage of their world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Flight 505 pays dark homage to the Southern California post-punk music scene. Through the story of three band-mates drawn to Los Angeles during its rock club heyday, Les Bohem skillfully deconstructs the adolescent male's archetypal dream of rock and roll stardom. Bohem's prose carries the cautionary weight of his having been there. The problem with most rock and roll fiction is that it invariably falls prey to its own self-importance. Flight 505 begs to differ.

-Rodney Crowell

I'm not one for reading rock and roll writing. I find it either terribly clichéd or over-fantasized. Having definitely been there and definitely done that, I was immediately familiar with and felt real affection for Les' dysfunctional family of characters.

Every dirty club floor, cheap beer and chronic loser truly lives and breathes in this story, and Les' amazing recollection of and attention to detail are so impeccable if you weren't in L.A. back in the '80s, you'll certainly feel as if you are... and if you weren't in a band, well, this is what it was like. A great read.

-Johnette Napolitano

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937794736
Publisher:
Upper Rubber Boot Books
Publication date:
09/01/2015
Pages:
130
Sales rank:
1,011,347
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Bohem was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cultish hit with their single, "Are You Ready For the Sex Girls" (if you ever saw Revenge of the Nerds, you know) and he was at the same time holding down a day job as the bass player with the band Sparks.

After this burgeoning career in rock and roll stopped burgeoning, he found a job writing screenplays about rock and roll musicians whose careers had stopped burgeoning. But no one makes movies about rock and roll musicians whose careers etc, and so he wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, The Horror Show and bits and pieces of several other memorable epics. Eventually Twenty Bucks, which he wrote based on a 1935 script by his dad, Endre, was made. The movie earned critical raves and several awards, including an Independent Spirit Award. His other screenwriting credits include Daylight, Dante's Peak, The Alamo, Kid, Nowhere To Run, The Darkest Hour, and the mini-series Taken which he wrote and executive produced (with Steven Spielberg) and for which he won an Emmy award.

He's had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Freddy Fender, Steve Gillette, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde), Alvin (of the Chipmunks), and the awesome Misty Martinez. His short stories have appeared in some rather embarrassing men's magazines, in several magazines including Sanitarium and The Lost Coast Review, and on Derek Haas' site, Popcorn Fiction, where two of them, "DMT" and "Honeymoon" have been optioned and will hopefully be coming to a theater near you soon. Right now, he's developing his series Shut Eye for Hulu. His new album, Moved to Duarte, will be up and out soon.

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