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"Paul Siegell is ecstasy in the present tense... Siegell's poems bend the jamband scene into enthused reveries."  --Relix Magazine

"...countless wildly inventive descriptions of peak emotional states. Siegell's sense of awe just keeps on coming." --RATTLE

"Every one of the 50+ pieces jumps with energy and spinning thought, not only due to word choice, but shape." --Gently Read Literature

"Read the Book!" --Surrender to the Flow

"Behold! Blend pinches of the Beats and Phish with a big bowl of Fantastic Originality unlike any poet I've ever known wave a burning match over it, inhale deeply. The astonishing dream that fills your head that's Paul Siegell." --CHARLES McNAIR, Author of Land 'O Goshen and Book Editor at Paste Magazine

"For centuries, people have tried to take words and turn them into music. What Paul Siegell does in his collection of poetry, jambandbootleg, is take music and turn it back into words. And he does it exceptionally well, capturing both the excitement of concert-going and the poetic essence of the improvisational music scene." --MARC BROWNSTEIN, bass player of The Disco Biscuits and Younger Brother

"Paul Siegell is the Bill Graham of our time. Yet in a twist of concert promotion, Paul is the headliner, and deserves to be. All the other bands, their different ambiances, they're the opening acts. But all the time we're waiting there, shuffling from stone to stone, anticipating that disembodied voice, the elongated 'And now, the one you've all been waiting for, PAUL SIEGELL...' Thousands of us. We rise." --MARK YOUNG, author of Pelican Dreaming: Poems 1959-2008 (Meritage Press, 2008)

From the Author

Poems from this book first appeared in 5AM, BlazeVOX, E Pluribus Unum: An Anthology of Diverse Voices, Kulture Vulture, MiPOesias, Moria, New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology, Otoliths, PFS Post, Pinstripe Fedora, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Press 1, Rattle, Sawbuck, Shampoo, Siren, Softblow, Sous Rature, Surrender to the Flow, Three Rivers Review, Umbrella and wordplay. Many thanks to the editors.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: A-Head Publishing; 1st edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098162832X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981628325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,091,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author


Paul Siegell is the author of three books of poetry: WILD LIFE RIFLE FIRE (Otoliths, 2010), JAMBANDBOOTLEG (A-Head, 2009) and POEMERGENCY ROOM (Otoliths, 2008).

Born on Long Island, educated in Pittsburgh, employed in Orlando, Atlanta and now Philadelphia, Paul is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and has contributed to the American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Rattle, and many other fine journals. He has also been featured in Paste and Relix Magazines, the Philadelphia City Paper, Surrender to the Flow, and elsewhere exciting.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JNew on June 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Though music is clearly an integral theme in Jambandbootleg, it is far from being a simple book on music. Siegell's book is a celebration of the live-music experience. Uninhibited. Honest. Insightful.
From age-defying statements like "is it the Crowd's Energy, or the Energy's Crowd?" to barebones journaling of pre-show shananigans at Phish's Big Cyprus festival, Jambandbootleg presents the reader with a true depiction of EXPERIENCE.
The reader is invited for a lot stroll along with Mr. Siegell, clearly a veteran of the scene and capable tour-guide. And what a tour he's selected as his subject. He details as no one has before the openness and family-like security of the jamband galaxy - from the audience's acceptance of on-stage failure and anticipation of auditory redemption to the ready acceptance of all cultural forms of life.
With his unique blend of formatting, grammar, and word-sculpting the author manages to transform what could simply be a depiction of places and events into a true experience in and of itself. Each page presents a challenge, and each challenge overcome an insight into the true emotional experience just as Siegell experienced it.

An affecting and infectious read. It dares you to get in the car, open all the windows and hit the road blasting your favorite bootleg show and reminisce on every priceless moment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Paul Siegell bounces onto the stage of contemporary American poetry as a fresh
flash of colorful originality. He plays with letters that compose words/thoughts,
punctuation imagery derived from the computer keyboard, takes those at times
strange but fresh products and patterns them into vocabulary pixilated images,
creating artworks of each page of this current treasure trove of poems titled
jambandbootleg. The result is a thoroughly entertaining poetic experience that
in reality is only the costume imposed on the brilliant thoughts and poems that
continue to pour from the mind of Paul Siegell!

There is a running theme in this particular collection of poems that differs from
his prior well received volume POEMERGENCY ROOM: as the title suggests these
poems pay homage to the field of music experience, and that of jazz music in
particular. State a theme, proceed to a riff, call in all manner of ideas to
participate in the jam session, and in the meantime make the poems reveal as
much personal emotion as any fine jazz or soul themes have created.

Not infrequently SIegell uses the words `jam' and `phish' and while most are
familiar with the verb `jam', not so many are aware of the references to `phish'.
Look up the word on Wikipedia and find that `Phish is an American rock band
noted for its musical improvisation, extended jam sessions, exploration of
music between genres, and dedicated fan base'. Extend the investigation
further and be reminded that `phishing' in computer society is the `criminally
fraudulent procedure of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as
usernames, passwords' etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Klein on July 28, 2009
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I stumbled upon Paul Siegell's jambandbootleg as a committed follower of the Disco Biscuits. My love for music is eclectic but exclusive (only good music), and improvisational music has defined my identity. The extent of music upon my life has led to years on tour, at live shows and traveling to festivals.
This personal bio is necessary in understanding the greatness of jambandbootleg. The book's poems communicate experiences that have previously been impossible to explain. Further, the poems convey to the reader the emotional and intellectual power of these experiences.
The author transforms the diverse experience of jam music, and the life it entails not just into prose but a truly cathartic experience for the reader.
I know these powerful affects are not limited to music fanatics. Poetry fans should not miss this book, that combines both words and music on a jedi level.jambandbootleg
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa D. Mcewen on August 5, 2009
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After reading Paul Siegell's Jambandbootleg, I kept flipping through it, amazed at the energy and the creativity that fill these pages. Finishing the book is like lingering on the fairground long after a concert that you've been saving up for, dying to see, is through and you're left astounded at what you've just witnessed.

I kept flipping through it, half expecting the words, like in a flip book, to depict a boy or girl dancing -- a hidden bonus like playing a record backwards and hearing a subliminal message (I'm sure if any one could pull that off, Paul Siegell could!). I wasn't ready for the book to end. Inside I shouted "Encore," so I went back and reread "JAM>" which is one of my favorite poems in Paul Siegell's new book.

Jambandbootleg is the ticket stub souvenir of the greatest show on earth!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Griffin on August 25, 2009
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Exhilarating... to put it mildly. The author has a "booming" voice that is unlike any I have ever read before. At times you feel you are next to him- hearing him, however, looking through the eyes of a child. He takes poetry to a new level... the next level!
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