Berkeley Blues

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About the author:
My name is Tom Martin, and I am a writer - a novelist, a poet, a songwriter, an author of children's books, and a lifelong lover of language. I am a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

I have earned a living in a variety of ways as the circumstances of my life, and the lives of those I love, have required. I've been a day laborer, a human resources manager, a rock and roll guitarist, a landscape gardener, a songwriter and performer, a bar manager, a busboy, an accountant, a janitor, and a cryptographic specialist. This variety implies a certain longevity, and provides, without my having actively willed it, a perspective on human experience that has deepened and enriched my creative life.

The axiom "write what you know" gives greater latitude to those who've looked at life from different angles, and not merely as an observer. So, my novel, Berkeley Blues, draws on a time in my early life, but is informed with a point of view I could never have had at the time. I was too busy staying out of the Mekong Delta by writing term papers. Now, with the detachment that only time can provide, I have written about those mythical events - political upheaval, musical revolution, and a social sea-change - with considerable precision, and, I hope, passion.

The cliché is that if you remember the sixties, you weren't there. Berkeley Blues is a refutation of that notion. It is a living narrative, a confessional evocation of a world-view that lives to this day, with more yet to be lived and written.

The well from which writing, or any art, is drawn must be replenished. For me, that wellspring is my family. I have been married to my muse for nearly 40 years, and our four children, now long since grown, have been, and continue to be, miraculous. We have four grandchildren, with a fifth due next month. Without the love and support of my family, and my wife in particular, I doubt that I would have attempted, much less completed, this novel.

Berkeley Blues
 

Authored by Tom Martin

Paul Taylor came from an Idaho ranch at the foot of the Rockies to study at the University of California at Berkeley. It was the late summer of 1966, and Berkeley was at the epicenter of a political, cultural, sexual and musical revolution that meant to change the world.

Nothing could have prepared the brilliant and earnest 19 year old for the magnitude of the changes that would alter his life forever. Some of these changes were embodied in the young daughter of a professor, wise beyond her years, bursting with creative energy, a dancer who seemed to offer a kind of love, a degree of freedom Paul Taylor had never imagined, much less experienced.

Other changes were more universal, from the words of Martin Luther King echoing across the University plaza and across America to the music thundering though the Fillmore Auditorium and the Monterey Pop Festival to rock the foundations of culture, across the country and around the world.

Berkeley Blues is a moving personal journey through those seminal and unrepeatable times, a love story set in the crucible of those beautiful, turbulent years.


Publication Date:
May 08 2010
ISBN/EAN13:
1452823243 / 9781452823249
Page Count:
608
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / General




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