One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles

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One Step Beyond is a fast, fun and hilarious read that captures the spirit and mood of Westside Los Angeles at the turn of the 1980s. Times were changing from the 1970s, good-time, party-rock-heshers, to glitzy, manic, punk new-wavers of the 80s. Mike Pearson chronicles this era of sudden and intense change as he tells the story of his teen years. Pearson's laugh-out-loud humor makes for a highly entertaining and compulsively readable memoir that drops you straight into the teen, pop culture world of beach city ...
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Overview

One Step Beyond is a fast, fun and hilarious read that captures the spirit and mood of Westside Los Angeles at the turn of the 1980s. Times were changing from the 1970s, good-time, party-rock-heshers, to glitzy, manic, punk new-wavers of the 80s. Mike Pearson chronicles this era of sudden and intense change as he tells the story of his teen years. Pearson's laugh-out-loud humor makes for a highly entertaining and compulsively readable memoir that drops you straight into the teen, pop culture world of beach city Los Angeles in the early 80s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451503234
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Pearson was born in Los Angeles. He was a part of the early Los Angeles punk rock and mod scenes as a teenager and played in various bands. He grew up surfing and skateboarding and being a prankster around the Westside of L.A. He is currently a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a private practice and works as Admissions Director, clinical supervisor and clinician with emotionally disturbed teens at a residential treatment program in the South Bay of Los Angeles.
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    A True Flashback....

    WOW! I just finished reading Mike Pearson's new book One Step Beyond A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles and I can't stop thinking about it! Mike paints a vivid, raw picture of the struggles of growing up in such tumultuous times in L.A. His honesty and openness are commendable.
    Laughter? YES! I laughed through out the entire book! Mike's humor offsets the pain presented just perfectly.
    Sadness? YES! I was brought right back to those crazy times of extreme angst.
    Enlightenment? YES! I loved learning about the male experience, as compared to my own as a female.
    Reading this book was a true flashback into 80s L.A. Quick and highly entertaining, this book is a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2010

    Excellent book!

    One Step Beyond by Mike Pearson is a well written and funny retelling of his youth from high school through college and his experiences growing up in Pacific Palisades. I was immediately involved in this book right from the first chapter. The way Pearson writes is very conversational, so it's more like listening to him tell the story than reading. The "gas station" part of the book is classic. Hysterical. All of the crazy characters that weave their way through the entire story are really entertaining. The plot all comes together at the end. Buy it.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Good Read!

    Mike Pearson's book "One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in the 1980s Los Angeles" is a recommended good, fast read! The retelling of his experiences as a teenager was entertaining and yet poignant. His frankness about what his realities were at that time are ones that teens could probably relate to these days, as well. You really get a good feel of what it was like growing up on the Westside of L.A.: the transition out of the 70's and the rebellion of punk and new wave music that was the new soundtrack of the times. Written kind like a graphic novel, it will keep you reading to the end, everyone will get something from it, if not more.
    Go, buy the book and find out what this Teenage Odyssey was all about!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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