It’s time for Rocktober Surprise #2. As I mentioned in a previous post, I used to be in the music business; we referred to October as Rocktober back then. I wrote a memoir about those days, entitled You Had to Be There: Three Years of Mayhem and Bad Decisions in the Portland Music Scene.
Here’s a snippet of the text to whet your appetite:
My first exposure to the Portland music scene came when I did something completely out of character for me. It was December 1980, and I skipped school to go downtown for a John Lennon memorial in the aftermath of his murder. A local band called The Malchicks was playing and, honest to God, I thought the lead singer was the most beautiful man I had ever seen. His name was Billy Rancher, and I am sure that my parents grew mightily sick of hearing about him. Of course, I was in huge trouble for ditching school, but I didn’t care. I was a senior with very good grades, knew I would graduate — and had just gotten a tiny taste of the world I hoped to inhabit.
At about the same time, along came something new: MTV. (Yep, I’m old enough to remember when MTV played music videos and nothing else). Suddenly, I was hearing a whole different sound. Consider that the most popular bands among my classmates were Van Halen and Blue Oyster Cult. Now, suddenly I was listening to The Yachts, Brahm Tchaikovsky, Human League. It was like a whole new world opened up to me.
I’m working on re-issuing this book in the coming months under a new title (and with a new cover), although the content will remain the same. As my second Rocktober surprise, you can download the eBook edition for free through October 31, 2016, by visiting this link and entering coupon code MH64E at checkout. Thanks, as always, for being such great fans!