Life of a Lounge Lizard: From the Golden Age of Cover Bands to the Senior Center Circuit Kindle Edition
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"Life of a Lounge Lizard by Mike Shields tells the expansive story of Mike's life through music. We follow him from the sixties all the way to the present day as he reminisces on the unique experiences that shaped his growth. Set to the soundtrack of classic bands like The Beatles, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and Metallica, this book transports the reader to different eras. From Shields' days as a kid trying to start his first band, to his hippie years, to spanning romantic trysts, the reader travels with Shields and watches his world unfold.
Life of a Lounge Lizard is a whirlwind of hippie-life and on-the-road adventures. The first half of the book carries us through Shields' early years, where starting new bands, writing songs, and traveling around the country with barely any money was the norm. Simultaneously, Shields suffers from stereotypes against hippies and a strained relationship with his father. The second half of the book goes into sporadic and passionate romances alongside numerous bands and gigs that eventually end up in a beautifully happy ending. The life of a musician is shown to be glamorous at times and a struggle at others, and this story feels raw and real.
I loved the vulnerability in Life of a Lounge Lizard. Topics like grief, divorce, familial strain, marriage, and childhood are all explored with an open mind. Shields tells the story of his life without leaving out the harder parts, and the story benefits from that raw honesty. You feel like you're a part of this world with him, experiencing life on the road and all the adventure that comes along with it.
I loved learning about Shields' experience writing and playing songs, and I thought the photos included in the book were amazing. I found myself trying to imagine what their music was like throughout the story. I think the inclusion of notes, lyrics, or even more photos as we read would have helped me imagine the sound of the band and what they were creating.
If you want to feel like you're living life on the road in the prime years of music, this book will provide you with beautiful nostalgia and inspiration while also giving you hope for the future. As a reader, you can almost feel every moment of Shields' life. You're a part of the romance, the joy, the struggle, and the excitement. Life of a Lounge Lizard is the perfect story for music lovers and dreamers around the world.
Pages: 197 | ASIN: B092PZ2HQ9" Literary Titan
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Mike Shields, Author of
Life of a Lounge Lizard: From the Golden Age of Cover Bands to the Senior Center Circuit
Interviewed on Hastybooklist.com
Life of a Lounge Lizard is based on my musical and personal journey through life. The book begins on my twelfth birthday when the Beatles first performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. It details my time playing in cover bands in the 70s and 80s, and up through the present performing for seniors. Life on the road forty years ago for a working musician could be quite the adventure, from celebrity sightings to staying in run-down hotel rooms. It was a golden time to be in a band, with every bar, hotel and restaurant providing live music five and six nights a week. My story continues through personal tragedy and reinventing my music career as a teacher and performer.
Author I draw inspiration from: Dr.Seuss....so many teaching moments, and they all rhyme!
Favorite place to read a book: My sofa
Book character I'd like to be stuck in an elevator with: Since I am a biography lover... Beethoven, any one of the Beatles, Abraham Lincoln, Cochise...they're all characters:)
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: I always wanted to be a songwriter, and have been for nearly sixty years. Until Life of a Lounge Lizard, I had no aspirations to write a book. But I've really enjoyed the experience.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Hardback or paperback. ebooks on my phone, no thankyou!
The last book I read: The Ghosts of a Whiter Shade of Pale- Procol Harum by Henry Scott-Irvine
Pen & paper or computer: Computer, with pen and paper notes
Book character I think I'd be best friends with: Paul McCartney- any one of his many biographies
If I weren't an author, I'd be a: What I'am: a musician, songwriter, music teacher, and performer
Favorite decade in fashion history: 1960s,hands down. The music, the colors, the outfits, the art, ....no other decade comes close!
Place I'd most like to travel: Liver pool, to see the homes of my mentors
My signature drink: Cold water
Favorite artist: Richard Avedon
Number one on my bucket list: My Health. It is the most important thing for a person to stay healthy and not kick the 'bucket' too soon:)
Anything else you'd like to add: I am so appreciative of Ashley giving me this opportunity to reach out to her audience on Hasty Book List.
From the Author
(ASIN numbers as found on Amazon):
Mike Shields- B07MHZJQW4
Shadows of Blue- B07MWH8G1S
Sad Clown- B07MZGB3YK
Muzak....From the Past- B07R53F834
Little Memories of You- B089FTHTWQ
In Loving Memory- B08WZJ87FJ
- ASIN : B092PZ2HQ9
- Publication date : April 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4704 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 197 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,879 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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His recounting of those years is a marvelous, joyful story. He writes honestly of many relationships in that time throughout the whole genre.
Insights into his loves, family, good and bad, and fellow musicians are included.
In later years Mike continues his musical activities involving his wife as a leader in the community as a secondary school teacher, and guide to young people developing their own talents in El Dorado Hills, California.
He lives with Leslie, his partner of 10 years: A great relationship they both deserve.
Employing an uncomplicated writing style, Mike does a nice job of sharing with his readers the joys of life, loves, and music.
Growing up in the Bay Area, it was fun to recognize & relate to locations Mike had played.
Writing your life story & sharing it with others takes time, dedication and bravery 😊
Thank you Mike for sharing yours with all of us.