Smokin' & Cryin'

Smokin' & Cryin'

by Grace Ombry

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Overview

August 27, 1972. Robin Chelsea, teenage lead singer of Smoky Topaz, disappears into the Atlantic Ocean mere weeks before the group's double album, Smokin' & Cryin', is released. Recorded over one blistering Savannah summer in the dungeon of an antebellum mansion, it's threaded with candid snippets of the band members' dirty secrets, bitter arguments, and deepest fears.In the wake of Robin's disappearance, Smokin' & Cryin' flies off store shelves and dominates radio airwaves to become the obsession of a generation of music lovers. But what really happened to Robin Chelsea? More than four decades later, the discovery of Robin's candid writings-juxtaposed with news clippings, legal documents, reviews, letters, personal notes, and interviews-make it possible to finally piece together the tangled truth behind this mysterious rock and roll legend.

Smokin' & Cryin' is a work of pop-culture fiction with epistolary elements. It is Grace Ombry's second published novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997959734
Publisher: Grace Ombry
Publication date: 12/17/2018
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Grace Ombry writes pop culture fiction. Some of her favorite writers are Barbara Kingsolver, Lauren Groff, Maria Semple, Kurt Vonnegut, Nick Hornby, Nick Sheff, and John Krakauer. She has a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. Weekdays, she's the Marketing Director for the greatest glue factory on earth and editor of Epoxyworks magazine. She lives in Bay City, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Overture. 1

Uncool Utopia

1 Purple Heart 5

2 Sweet Pea. 13

3 Black Beauty. 23

4 Econoline. 29

5 Demo. 37

6 Acid Trip. 43

7 God’s Own Choirboy. 53

8 Backstage Pass. 61

9 Hiatus. 67

10 Barn Burner. 75

11 Chart Topper. 83

12 Dirty Soles. 91

13 Watkins Glen. 101

14 Poached. 109

15 Unsympathetic Ghosts. 115

16 Joyrider. 123

17 The Cupcake Girl 127

18 Draft Notice. 139

19 Rehearsals. 145

20 Elodie. 153

21 Amsterdam.. 163

22 Mellow Orchard. 179

23 Lafayette House. 189

24 Quantum Physics. 197

25 Ladygirl 209

26 Mail Call 221

27 Cookout 233

28 Stubborn Truth. 241

29 Swan Song. 251

30 Interviews. 267

31 Lawsuit 275

Reprise

32 Ponte Vedra. 287

33 Chet Dill-Skinner. 295

34 The Incredible Shrinking Violets. 301

35 Flotsam.. 309

Coda. 319

Acknowledgments. 323

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