This Book Is Drunk: The Madman Who Sailed from Miami to Boston on a Sunfish Sailboat!by James Lee Meadows
On the first day of April, 1977, James Lee Meadows embarked on one of the wildest, totally outrageous adventures of a lifetime when he sailed out from Miami Beach on a tiny Sunfish sailboat, with an unlikely destination of Boston. As a literary road-kid hippie musician, James spent 110 days cruising along the east coast - stopping for days at a time partying with the coastline locals.
In Atlantic City he was joined by his longtime road-tripping friend/ photographer, Jeremy, and their voyage to Boston was a comedy that Cheech and Chong - and every surviving member of the Woodstock Generation - would truly appreciate. After 35 years, here is his insane oceanic story!
James Lee Meadows was born and raised in the historic town of Concord, Massachusetts. A gifted musician from childhood, he played lead guitar in a rock band throughout his high school years, and during the 1967 hippie summer of love, his group moved to Boston and played professionally while he attended Shaw Prep.
In 1970 he graduated from Bryant Jr. College with a commercial pilots license, although rather pursue a career in aviation, he returned to music and released a record album. It bombed.
Somewhat discouraged, one year later he hit the road and became a self-described "road-kid writer-bum," and spent the following five years
Kerouac-ing back and forth across America, writing manuscripts and playing music.
In 1976 James ran for Selectman in Concord, and during this comical campaign he began organizing the adventure of his lifetime: sailing a little Sunfish sailboat from Miami to Boston the following year. The voyage was a success, and after writing a manuscript about this wild adventure, he and his photographer friend, Jeremy, spent five months in 1979 sailing from New Orleans to Maine on Phantom Sailboats. For the most part, this voyage was an anticlimactic disaster.
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