They Were Called Records, Kids

They Were Called Records, Kids

They Were Called Records, Kids

They Were Called Records, Kids


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A few poems into James Rodgers’ book and you realize just how much he loves

music. He loves it the way we love long summer days. He loves it the way kids love

splashing in water. He loves it the way we love our favourite book or our first kiss.

He loves it the way we love road trips or sleeping under a blanket of stars. He loves

it the way I do! Music has been the soundtrack to his life, like it has been to mine.

There, every step of the way, sometimes in the background and sometimes defining

the moment, defining a relationship, or marking a beginning or an end. With

music as the centrepiece, James shares snippets of his life that go from touching or

humorous, to sad or devastating. He writes about love, innocence, nostalgia, death,

friendship and family, and does so in a way where you can relate. Whether he writes

about growing up on vinyl, working at a record store, or watching a stripper dance

to Paul Simon’s Graceland, you feel you are right there with him. There is an honesty

and humbleness to his writing which is engaging and endearing. You can add James

Rodgers to the list of authors who write about music the way Nick Hornby or John

Carney do. I loved this collection of poems and I know you will too.

—Tom Landa, founding member of Juno Award winning band, The Paperboys

In this exuberant collection of keenly observed poems, NW poet James Rodgers

celebrates the contemporary music scene: the people, the places, the tunes that

are the soundtrack of our lives. Above all, this book is a tribute to the experience

of listening, watching, taking it all in—participating in the act, the fact, the sheer

joy of making and hearing music. Rodgers shares his personal take on the music

of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Prince, David Bowie, Elvis, The Paperboys, Sarah

Vaughan, and a friend named Mark. This poet/word musician, travels with us to

New Zealand, Ireland, from the Jokhang to the Oktoberfest to Kathmandu, from

The Rainbow Café and Zola’s Café to concert halls and open mic venues where he

observes audiences and individuals with delight.

—Marjorie Rommel, Poet Laureate of Auburn, WA from 2015-2017

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936657346
Publisher: Concrete Wolf
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
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