Rock and Roll Voodoo
During the 1970s on a magic mushroom harvesting adventure in the Bayou, a young, aspiring rock and roll musician discovers the voice of Voodoo, which not only alters his life, but the life of his band, the Divebomberz.
When the band is on the verge of making it big, tragedy strikes and Jesse is confronted with the hard truth that life is often a spiritual obstacle course designed to see if you can get over yourself.
A book for rock and rollers of all ages and for restless souls who have chased a dream only to discover that what they really needed was with them all along.
Fort Wayne attorney Mark Smith is becoming known for writing humorous, larger-than-life fiction, and he's done it again with his 3rd novel. Rock & Roll Voodoo.
Set in the 1970's, the story reflects on the music, spirit and pop culture sensibilities of the baby boomer generation as seen through the author's eyes, while delivering a timeless message of self awareness.
Last week, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Smith to discuss why the technique he utilized for telling this new story suits his purposes, and what he learned along the way.
Listen to the interview HERE
Rock & Roll Voodoo books and T shirts are available at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne. For more information, visit the Gallery website.
5 stars - I found Rock and Roll Voodoo to be a really fun read. The story starts with magic mushrooms and some unfocused Indiana musicians wandering the Bayou. Some interesting characters join the band and some gigs are booked. We see the band becoming more professional and their music becomes more complex. Relationships deepen, there are a lot of twists and turns, with danger, travel throughout the south, and some voodoo thrown into the romp. I highly recommend this for an interesting and entertaining view into life on the road for up-and-coming rock and rollers. ~ Amazon reviewer.
5 stars - I am more conservative by far, never ventured into any of this; I am of his parents generation. However, the adventures shared here are a worthwhile and interesting read! The conclusion of the book is the real point, in my opinion. I enjoyed sharing these adventures, even though I would never have gone that route myself. I love visiting New Orleans, and this is a new experience of New Orleans! The love of music, the discoveries made along the way, all shared with us to experience, in the comforts of our homes. I am eager to read Mark Paul Smith's next tales, waiting for the 4th book! Way to go Mark Paul Smith! ~ Amazon reviewer.
5 stars - New Orleans in the 70's comes to life in all its edginess. This is a gripping novel, anchored in real life memories that becomes a redemption tale, strangely spiritual, replete with the more bizarre Holy Trinity yet. ~ Amazon reviewer.
4 stars - This was a step away from my normal genre and I have to say it was well worth stepping outside my norm. Having been quite involved in the music world myself in my younger years, I found myself completely identifying with the main characters of the story. I found the story itself to be fun and mysterious enough to keep me turning the pages, and earning an easy four stars review. ~ NetGalley reviewer.