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Rubber Soul

Rubber Soul

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by Greg Kihn
     
 

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Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the rock-thriller genre with Rubber Soul, a murder mystery and an action-packed ride through Beatlemania, featuring the Beatles themselves. Dust Bin Bob runs a secondhand shop at the Flea Market at Penny Lane. He has an extensive rep of American R&B singles that he gets from merchant marines returning from Baltimore and New York. The

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Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the rock-thriller genre with Rubber Soul, a murder mystery and an action-packed ride through Beatlemania, featuring the Beatles themselves. Dust Bin Bob runs a secondhand shop at the Flea Market at Penny Lane. He has an extensive rep of American R&B singles that he gets from merchant marines returning from Baltimore and New York. The action starts when he befriends some blokes by the names of John, Paul, George, and Ringo and becomes their lifelong friend sharing the vinyl that will start a revolution. From then on, it’s a rocket ride from their earliest days in Liverpool to six shows a night in Hamburg to the Cavern Club to full-fledged Beatlemania. Along the way, Dust Bin Bob uncovers a plot by Marcos loyalists to assassinate the Fab Four in Manila after they snub Imelda Marcos, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident. It all could have happened! 100 percent historically accurate and including previously unpublished information about the Beatles’ early days, Rubber Soul is inspired by Greg Kihn’s radio interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Patti Harrison, and Yoko Ono. When he asked where the Beatles got those rare American R&B records that inspired their early music, he got his answer from merchant marines who brought them over from Baltimore to Liverpool. From a serious Beatles fan who has read every word ever written about the group, Rubber Soul is a wild ride through rock ’n’ roll history.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
Liverpudlian Bobby "Dust Bin Bob" Dingle's carefully scavenged collection of R&B singles, procured from visiting Merchant Marines, provides an escape from his loutish step-brothers, two thugs destined for jail or worse. The records also provide a common bond between Bobby and the members of a group then called Long John and the Silver Beatles, a bond that will endure across two decades. As the years pass, Bobby and the Beatles cross paths many times. Bobby finds love and true family in America while the Beatles embrace fame across the world. Bobby's past and the Beatles' hubris will unite in a violent climax in Ferdinand Marcos' Philippines. Kihn's affection for his subject matter is undeniable, as is his knowledge of the Beatles, but that combination is not enough to create a convincing and engaging narrative. Inserting a fictional character into the lives of well-documented celebrities like the Beatles can be tricky. Bobby's relationship with the Beatles never feels authentic, his step-brother's recurring role as antagonist to the musicians feels forced, and the prose is mediocre. The unconvincing narrative combined with the historical details suggests the author's talents might be best focused in non-fiction. Agent: Judy Coppage, The Coppage Company. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about the Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat."
- Ben Fong Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone
 

"Kihn well captures the enthusiasm and joy generated in the early years of the supergroup, and boomers, especially, will enjoy reliving those heady days." — Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

"There's no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He's the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book."
- Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple
 

former chief evangelist of Apple - Guy Kawasaki
"There's no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He's the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book."
former senior editor of Rolling Stone - Ben Fong Torres
"Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about the Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat."
RetroPulse - Chris Shapiro
"While the RIAA may not be able to certify Kihn's work with a gold disc, fans of Kihn and The Beatles, as well as those who long for the simpler yet magical time of the 1960s will thoroughly enjoy and fall in love with Rubber Soul. They certainly don't write 'em like this anymore."
Cheap Trick - Rick Nielsen
"I've known Greg Kihn for decades and he's never ever run out of amazing tales, stories, and recollections. I never knew which ones were real, true, folk-lore, imagined, or of pipe dreams, Kihn-a-sized. It's all to his readers' benefit he writes fiction."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781624670947
Publisher:
Premier Publishing
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Dust Bin Bob Series, #1
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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 1980s to the glory days of MTV. As a pioneer with the legendary Beserkley Records, he helped write the book on revolutionary West Coast rock ’n’ roll. In the 1990s Greg turned his attention to writing fiction. He published four novels and a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians. Horror Show was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

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Rubber Soul 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
otterly More than 1 year ago
It seems that the author has quite a music background. He is writing a fictional account of the start of the Beatles. Though I had heard a lot of their background, this was very interesting since the main character provides them with records, which they then either cover, or use as a starting point. Obviously, a music lover, especially a hard core Beatles fan would be the one who would appreciate this most. Not all book club members would probably go for it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a lot of fun to read. I will have to go back through the book to find some of the songs mentioned just so I can look them up on the Internet and give them a listen.
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Goodhooch_99 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. If you are a Beatles fan, you will love this fun ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun way to read about the early Beatles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed like a good idea when I bought it, but in the end, it fell flat. Easy quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. Mr. Kihn has a unique perspective on the rock music scene and his characters seem very real. I enjoyed journeying back to this time in my past,and I really enjoyed the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago