Next on Life Elsewhere, a review of some of our favorite books, authors and interviews:
1. Rebecca Scherm is the author of Unbecoming, a remarkable and moving debut novel, “It’s a thriller, a psychological study, a love story and disquietingly disturbing as it is brilliant!” says Norman B. Rebecca reads from her book and explains how her fascination with Grace Kelly molded her femme fatale, noir-like heroine. 2. In On the Road with Janis Joplin, John Byrne Cooke, chronicles his life as her road-manager. He lovingly tells of his three extraordinary years with the legendary singer, right up until her untimely death, 3. Mark Haskell Smith, a frequent guest on the program, became the naked author for his latest book, Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World. His wry observations include, “feeling cheated for not having a foreskin!” 4. Lynsey Addario graphically recalls being tortured and molested in her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. From the front-line, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo, the photo-journalist brings a female perspective to the horrors of war. 5. International best-selling, British crime fiction writer, Peter James, talks about his fascination with criminal minds, and doing research in prisons with psychopathic murderers for Want You Dead, the tenth in the Roy Grace ￼detective-thriller series.
This week’s Hit that Never Was features Headache, a track from the 2009 debut album Album by Girls. Frontman Christopher Owens’ bio could easily qualify as the plot for a harrowing novella.
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John Byrne Cooke joined Life Elsewhere recently to talk about his new book, On the Road with Janis Joplin, chronicling his time as Joplin‘s road-manager from 1967 until her untimely death. That brief preliminary interview went so well, John and Norman B agreed they needed to talk again, so an in-depth conversation was arranged. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, John Byrne Cooke talks candidly with Norman B about his background and growing up with his celebrated father, Alistair Cooke;the early days meeting Janis Joplin and the band in San Francisco; drugs and booze and sex; Janis encountering Bob Dylan at Clive Davis’ apartment in New York and a host of names and intimate memories from his days, On the Road with Janis Joplin. In the interview, John Byrne Cooke explains why this quote from Joplin illustrates his deep fondness for a talent who tragically died too soon: “All my life, I just wanted to be a beatnik, Meet all the heavies, get stoned, get laid, have a good time. That’s all I ever wanted. Except I knew I had a good voice and I could always get a couple of beers off of it. All of a sudden someone threw me in this rock-n-roll band. They threw musicians at me, man, and the sound was coming from behind. The bass was charging me. And I decided then and there that that was it. I never wanted to do anything else.”
John Byrne Cooke is a fascinating, engaging man, he’s an award-winning author of four previous books, a performing musician with decades of experience, a photographer, and a filmmaker.