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Rubber Soul: A Novel (Dust Bin Bob) Paperback – September 3, 2013

4.3 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Dust Bin Bob Series

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In his fifth novel (after Mojo Hand, 1999), veteran rocker Kihn, who had a string of hits in the ’70s and ’80s, continues to spin light mysteries with a musical theme. Ambitious businessman “Dust Bin” Bob Dingle, who runs a secondhand shop on Penny Lane, makes the acquaintance of four Liverpudlians named John, Paul, Ringo, and George. Bob’s stint as a merchant marine with semimonthly ports of call in Baltimore, Maryland, has given him access to a wealth of R & B records, and the Beatles impress Bob with their ability to pick up and flawlessly execute the material after a couple of listens. When they invite him along to their raucous gigs in Hamburg, during which they play for hours at a time, the result is a new burst of growth for the band and their high-energy stage performances. But Bob’s violent stepbrothers have it in for the young musicians, a grudge that culminates in Manila during the height of Beatlemania. Kihn well captures the enthusiasm and joy generated in the early years of the supergroup, and boomers, especially, will enjoy reliving those heady days. --Joanne Wilkinson

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“Kihn well captures the enthusiasm and joy generated in the early years of the supergroup, and boomers, especially, will enjoy reliving those heady days.” —Booklist

“There’s no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He’s the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book.” —Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple

Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about the Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat.” —Ben Fong Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone

Rubber Soul captures what Rock-n-Roll is all about—and Greg Kihn would certainly know! This nearly-true story of the Beatles is pure magic and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —Eddie Money

“Greg Kihn is the most compelling author who ever had a top five singing career. Rubber Soul is a fantastic story by Greg, with an historical back beat. I urge you not to miss this.” —Joan Jett

“While the RIAA may not be able to certify Kihn’s work with a gold disc, fans of Kihn and The Beatles, as well as those who long for the simpler yet magical time of the 1960s will thoroughly enjoy and fall in love with Rubber Soul. They certainly don’t write ’em like this anymore.” —Chris Shapiro, RetroPulse

“I’ve known Greg Kihn for decades and he’s never ever run out of amazing tales, stories, and recollections. I never knew which ones were real, true, folk-lore, imagined, or of pipe dreams, Kihn-a-sized. It’s all to his readers’ benefit he writes fiction.” —Rick Nielsen, Cheap Trick
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Product Details

  • Series: Dust Bin Bob (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624670946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624670947
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Mackela on August 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! I had the biggest smile on my face as I was reading Rubber Soul. It was just so much fun. It may have been that it hit a chord with me because I lived through the rise of The Beatles in America. I remember my brother telling me that he had just heard a new song by an English group called The Beatles. He said the DJ on CKLW in Windsor had said that they were already huge in Britain. He predicted that they were going to be "The Next Big Thing". And of course they were. But reading this book just brought it all back to me. I would smile and nod my head when Mr. Kihn would mention a song by an artist that I remembered from that time. I didn't know every tune or group that he talked about, but there was enough real music from the late 50s through the early 60s to make the whole story feel authentic. He would talk about a place or event that I remembered and I would just have to stop reading and shake my head in amazement. It was just such ball!

Was this a great novel? Does it have an intricate plot line? Are you surprised by the plot twists? WHO CARES! This is just a fun narrative about an amazing time in the early 60s and the guys who changed the face of popular music. Read it if you ever had a touch of Beatlemania. I hope that you have as much fun with this as I did.

This book nearly feels like one of The Beatles movies. Its a funny, somewhat unbelievable, quick-moving story. Everything is good. All the villains come and go quickly and don't interfere with the good times. Just keep moving and it will all work out.

I give this book 5 Stars out of 5 and 2 Big Thumbs Up! If you are ready for a fun read, and like The Beatles, then grab this book and be ready for a good time. This book is even more fun if you can put some early Beatles songs on while you are reading! Really helps you get into it. Groovy, Far Out!

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from NetGalley.com.
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By portfolio on September 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! For any Beatles fan, it will be a hit, but for those who also have a connection to Baltimore, it will be a home run. The storyline seemed so real that after a while it was hard to keep in mind that the story is fictional. It seemed like some long-lost backstory that I had never heard, but that was totally believable. By the end, I wanted to BE Dust Bin Bob!
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Rubber Soul was so much fun. Greg Kihn has written a story that can appeal to anyone who is a fan of the Beatles and/or Rock and Roll in general, which I can imagine is a pretty sizable portion of the globe these days. Starting back to the Beatles formative years in Liverpool, Dust Bin Bob takes the reader on a journey through the evolution of Beatlemania and Rock and Roll. Not that there isn't plenty of family drama and intrigue with Dust Bin Bob as well as a fun point of view on on a lot of Beatles lore such as the Pete Best/Ringo replacement. I'd give a more thorough synopsis, but others have done that better than I could. You should just check it out for yourself. The author makes it clear that this is a work of fiction so it's not just some Beatles bio story. It's a unique story weaving in four of pop cultures biggest icons while creating an interesting and likable lead character in Dust Bin Bob. An enjoyable and endearing read that perfectly illustrates the time and place that helped spawn a musical revolution that is still being felt generations later. It's the next best thing to having a time machine.
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Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn is a 2013 Premier Digital Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Dust Bin Bob , a Merchant Marine and second hand shop owner meets John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney and form a bond when they discover his collection of 45 rpm records. These records are from the States and are not available in Britain. The guys hang out and listen to records and play music. They also hang out in clubs, drink too much, and John has a particularly wicked streak that often rubs Bob the wrong way. But, the guys remain friends through all the changes in thier lives.
Bob is mostly unassuming . He has a difficult home life with two older half brothers that are bitter towards him because thier father married Bob's mother so soon after thier own mother died. Bob gets the brunt of their anger and on one occasion John steps in and pulls Bob away from a nasty beating by his brothers.
This incident prompted Bob to keep his distance from his brothers. The beating seems to have been put in the past, but Bob's brothers have not forgotten and a plan to exact revenge is being plotted against the Beatles.
Meanwhile, Bob leads his own life and works hard with his own business . He meets a girl, gets married and starts a family. The Beatles are never too far from his mind though. He watches as they begin to get some recognition, go to America, make an appearance on TV, and tour around the world. Bob has several opportunities to help the guys out and they in turn help him as real friends will do. But, no one ever dreamed that Bob would swoop in and save the day for the Beatles and become an unsung hero.
I had NO idea what to expect when I started reading this novel.
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I've read everything Beatles but was still so pleasantly surprised by this book. I couldn't put it down. The surrounding characters were compelling, alive and believable. The mystery kept you anxiously waiting for the ending. You will not be disappointed.
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