RARWRITER PUBLISHING GROUP PRESENTS

CREATIVE CULTURE JOURNAL

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Volume 1-2016

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Rick Alan Rice (RAR) Literature Page

ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively called ATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance is the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves at NOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 
 

 

ARTIST NEWS

Documentary: Capital Radio 604

Musical Defense Against Apartheid

WDIA in Memphis is typically cited as the first radio station in the United States to target its playlist to the "African American" market, though in 1949, when a young B.B. King got an on-air talent job there, it was likely not referenced that way. There was a time when music, via the radio, pushed societal change in the way that GitHub pushes code and technological change today. It is hard to imagine, in our present-day age of media fracture, but there was once a time when a pirate radio voice could move mountains and make history. It happened with WDIA, and on another cultural front it happened across America through XERF-AM, which was broadcast from Ciudad Acuña in Mexico in covered the entire United States. It introduced most of America to Wolfman Jack, and in many ways created a Rock'n Roll radio culture that shaped subsequent generations of people around the world. Radio was once something really special.

Such is the story of Capital Radio 604, a pirate radio station in South Africa that has become the subject of a documentary looking for development and distribution help. Check out the trailer below, which does an excellent job of setting up the story. Until 1991, South Africa was a country in which majority Black populations were restricted to autonomously ruled ghetto regions that kept them apart from one another, and out of the daily lives of the ruling White population. Then an enterprising group of rebels, with the help of the U.K.'s Capital Radio network, and charity sponsor Richard Attenborough CBE, used Apartheid's own restrictions against it, mounting a powerful radio transmitter on land the government couldn't touch. They played the music the government had banned: The Police, Dire Straits, and other stuff that was mainstream fare in most of the world but outlaw thought in South Africa. And they broadcast the political truth of South Africa to the world via short wave radio transmissions.

Capital Radio 604 worked, and it is inspiring to watch this trailer and learn of their story. - RAR

Painter, Lithographer, Musician, Magician, Actor, Champion Golfer

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE ARTIST MARK STOCK - USE THIS LINK

By Elizabeth A. Kay

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Stephen Swenson Discusses His Life in Music, Dusty Drapes and the Dusters, and Cocktail Stevie

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The Musical Revolution that Gave us the world today

1980'S MODERN ROCK FEATURE - USE THIS LINK

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Going Back, and back, and back...

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New on the Music Page

Minka

Wild Mountain

Yo No Say

Neosho

The Galaxy Electric

New York Electric Piano

Kramies

Beto Hale

Louise Goffin

Oak House

Tyler Stafford

 

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60 Years of Musical Bests

 

 

 

The Science of Choosing Your Keys

 

Rob Beck, a writer for Beginner Guitar HQ, put together this insightful guide on selecting a digital piano or keyboard. Use this link or click on the photo above to go to

How to Choose a Digital Piano – 10 Factors to Consider According to Science

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Use this link to gain insights into the ins-and-outs of preparing your script, producing your film, and getting it into distribution.


   

 

 

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