- 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: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rubber Soul: A Novel (Dust Bin Bob) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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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
“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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