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Life's a Good Gig: A Gringo Musician's Journey into the World of Latin Music

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"Life's a Good Gig," takes us on an international romp from the ultimate groove to the infamous gig from hell with a band of brothers like no others, some cool cats, some downright deadbeats. It's Jimmy Buffet gone Bill Bryson.

Musician/adventurer John Cain, like chef Anthony Bourdain, samples each musical genre like a savory stew, and shares the creative process from the ridiculous to the sublime-from the dubious singing dog to X-rated song ...
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Life's A Good Gig: A Gringo Musician's Journey Into The World Of Latin Music

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Overview

"Life's a Good Gig," takes us on an international romp from the ultimate groove to the infamous gig from hell with a band of brothers like no others, some cool cats, some downright deadbeats. It's Jimmy Buffet gone Bill Bryson.

Musician/adventurer John Cain, like chef Anthony Bourdain, samples each musical genre like a savory stew, and shares the creative process from the ridiculous to the sublime-from the dubious singing dog to X-rated song lyrics to an unimaginable code of professional ethics.

Cain explores the mysteries of music and life in this well-crafted memoir of his musical sojourn. Jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978624712
  • Publisher: Enertia Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: JOHN CAIN
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN CAIN - MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, TEACHER, AUTHOR.
A professional musician since he was 15 years old, Cain has watched the world go by from sitting behind a piano on the bandstand. In his new book-"Life's A Good Gig"- he shares his experiences and unique view of life. An astute observer of people and human nature he explores the mysteries of life and music in this well crafted memoir.

At meet-the-author events he offers an entertaining and educational musical performance and speaks about topics in the book. He safely guides the audience from American music-(jazz, blues, country, standards from the "great American song book") into the world of Latin music, with lots of laughs and surprises along the way.

Cain plays several musical instruments including the piano, guitar, bass fiddle, accordion, harmonica and Latin percussion. He gives seminars on the history of music and the symphony orchestra to elementary school students. He is also an orchestrator, arranger and produces recordings for many other artists and musicians.
He performs frequently throughout the U.S.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    'Life's a Good Gig' is a fun, easy read for all to purchase! Cain, a unique, one of a kind musician, composer, teacher and author has combined his artistry in this book. He takes you with him on his journeys and experiences into his musical world of adventures from the beginning to the end............

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    What a Life!

    'Life's a Good Gig' is a really fun and easy book to read. It's interesting and I learned a lot of things I never knew concerning the evolution of music. Although I am not a huge fan of latin music, I do like to dance, so this book filled in a lot of 'blanks' for me about the origins of dance styles and rhythms. And, Mr. Cain's personal trials and tribulations, as a professional musician, are hilarious, touching, sometimes frightening and always entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    A great tool for any musician, should be a must for any musician's gig bag, right along with the 'fake book'. You will never have another 'bad' gig, you will laugh your way through it with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    FASCINATING READ

    'life's a good gig' is hard to put down. From beginning to end it holds the reader's attention with a clever combination of the author's background, fascinating people in the industry, exploration of various types of music and some incredible experiences of john cain. It is never dull and gives the reader an intriguing glimpse into the world of working musicians. You will laugh, you will cry, but you will be entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is a many-faceted memoir spanning several decades in the life of a multi-talented individual. It jumps around a bit from entertaining stories about the lives of working musicians, which every working stiff can relate to, to discourses on art, music history, and travel in Latin America, which would appeal to music teachers, students, and travel buffs. Some of the stories have nothing to do with music but are interesting in their own right. Cain recounts some of the strange characters he has encountered during his lifetime. Some of the stories are funny, like the ¿gig from hell¿--some spooky, like a ghost encounter in Spain-- some poignant, like Tijuana street musicians and some downright dubious, like a singing dog. His brushes with greatness, where he name-drops all the famous people he has met, are juicy gossip: illuminating and at times shocking. Like every profession, musicians have their own lexicon and jokes, and Cain has gathered them here, some with explanations for those not familiar with the jargon. He also acknowledges the great musicians who have taught him and gigged with him. The companion CD is relevant because you can hear the voice of the real guy who is spilling his guts to you in the book. He sings great, by the way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2007

    A great read for anyone!

    An interesting account of a musician's journey through life in the music business told with wit and wisdom of the road. The author ha a great story telling ability and you find yourself in the moment with him at each gig. Truly enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book surprised me. The author's historical knowledge of the evolution of music -on a global scale- allows the reader to better understand the origins of his or her current favorite musical genre. Another surprise is that this book thoroughly and compassionately investigates 'the least among us' by which I mean the author presents to the reader superb musicians with unique abilities whom the reader may have never heard of. This takes courage, because it's less of a gamble for a writer to rapsodize a bunch of musical celebrities, some of which are sure to appeal to the reader,enhancing the book's commercial success. 'Life's a Good Gig' is a rare gem.

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