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Rubber Soul [PDF / EPUB] Rubber Soul Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the Rock Thriller Genre with RUBBER SOUL, a murder mystery and an action packed ride through Beatlemania, featuring THE BEATLES themselves Dust Bin Bob runs a second han Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the Rock Thriller Genre with Rubber Soul, a murder mystery and an action packed ride through Beatlemania, featuring THE BEATLES themselves Dust Bin Bob runs a second hand shop at the Flea Market on Penny Lane He has an extensive collection of American RB singles that he gets from Merchant Marines returning from Balti and New York The action starts when he befriends some blokes by the name of John, Paul, George and Ringo and becomes their lifelong friend sharing the vinyl that will start a revolution From then on, it s a rocket ride from the Beatles earliest days in Liverpool to six shows a night in Hamburg to the Cavern Club and to full fledged Beatlemania Along the way, Dust Bin Bob thwarts a plot by Marcos loyalists to assassinate the Beatles in Manila after they snub Imelda Marcos, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident It could have happened.


10 thoughts on “Rubber Soul

  1. says:

    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 readi 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 evenfun 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


  2. says:

    Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn was an enjoyable, playful and entertaining read, although it was not entirely what I had expected from a book with a Beatles theme.Kihn brings the times of the Beatles brilliantly back to life the life of musicians, the price of a guitar, the price of records, the record distribution system ehm, what system I was around some of the time and the feeling of the novel in that regard is very authentic and I laughed at many things he mentions that I had forgotten.With Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn was an enjoyable, playful and entertaining read, although it was not entirely what I had expected from a book with a Beatles theme.Kihn brings the times of the Beatles brilliantly back to life the life of musicians, the price of a guitar, the price of records, the record distribution system ehm, what system I was around some of the time and the feeling of the novel in that regard is very authentic and I laughed at many things he mentions that I had forgotten.With his actual and fictional characters the plot takes us through the entire career of the Beatles, Liverpool, Hamburg, end of their touring to name but a few stops Dust Bin Bob meets the Beatles before they were famous John Lennon helps rescue some of the precious 45s in Bob s family home, guarded by the Bob s nasty brothers Mick and Clive There is name dropping of famous musicians and maybe a few too many what appears insider jokes and references for hard core fans.Still, an impressive and worth while journey back in time


  3. says:

    FTC notice I received an uncorrected proof advance review copy in exchange for an honest review This book is scheduled to be published September 3, 2013.Greg Kihn, yes, the musician Greg Kihn behind the rock hits, JEOPARDY and THE BREAK UP SONG has also written several books Horror Show was nominated for a Stoker , including this semi fictional story about the early days of The Beatles I say semi fictional because Kihn weaves a fictional story around several musical historical moments from FTC notice I received an uncorrected proof advance review copy in exchange for an honest review This book is scheduled to be published September 3, 2013.Greg Kihn, yes, the musician Greg Kihn behind the rock hits, JEOPARDY and THE BREAK UP SONG has also written several books Horror Show was nominated for a Stoker , including this semi fictional story about the early days of The Beatles I say semi fictional because Kihn weaves a fictional story around several musical historical moments from The Beatles and yes, all of the Fab Four star in this book Kihn is careful to note in the foreward that, the words I put into Beatles mouth were never spoken I invented it all Kihn interviewed several of The Beatles and asked them where they got records of other artists that formed their influences and the answer was from various merchant marines that shipped back and forth from the United States and Liverpool This gave Kihn the idea for his main character, a merchant marine named Dust Bin Bob that befriends The Beatles in their formative years Just about every time Dust Bin Bob encounters The Beatles, he s bringing them records to listen to and be influenced.Along the way, there are also clever uses of chapter titles and scenes involving music of The Beatles in dialogue and events For example, one character remarks, She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah Nice Beatles winks like that sprinkled all over the place.Kinda tough to categorize this book It san alternative history, music adventure story involving real world music gods Beatlemania, baby and one very lucky fictional merchant marine Who wouldn t want to be the guy who hung out with The Beatles The author is obviously a passionate musician and music historian and the depth of his musical knowledge shines through in the massive number of artists and songs that are interwoven throughout the story Dust Bin Bob is likable and we learnthan a little about how The Beatles also influenced his life.There are some conflicts and drama involving real world incidents and fictional elements blended that move the story forward, but it s not a traditional story where you keep reading to find out what happens next It sof a story where you wonder when The Beatles will show up next and how Dust Bin Bob will interact with them and some real historical event a concert, the release of a hit song, music playing in the states on the radio for the first time, their Ed Sullivan appearance, etc.Only a couple times did I wonder if The Beatles would really have done this or that For example, there s a bar fight early in the book and John Lennon throws down to protect his mates I can t see Lennon, a well known pacifist, being any kind of fighter under any circumstance, but perhaps I m thinking of the solo era Lennon with Yoko, the one who denounced violence versus a younger Lennon who might join a fight to protect his friends.This is an interesting read for fans of The Beatles and people who loved the music of the 50s and 60s It s for those who are excited about how music from rock and roll gods might have been created Sidenotes errata I think the author misses something by not following the story further in history than what was covered, perhaps through the band break up and or into the Charles Manson Helter Skelter era Some bizarre stuff happened later on that would have made interesting fodder for a fictional story Could even have gone through to Lennon s fatal shooting, which to me is the most dramatic, tragic moment in Beatles history To imagine some madman assassinating a peaceful human being like John Lennon is, at best, disturbing Or at the very least the story exploring what is among the strangest final moments in Beatles history I mean, here s the biggest band in the world, they haven t toured in almost five years and the last time they decide to play together is on the roof of their recording studio Check out the roof top Beatles performance on YouTube It s like people are passing by on the streets confused and elated With all the lesser musical bands breaking up and then reforming for one final tour, arguably the greatest band ever says, sod that, let s go up on the roof and jam No tickets, no money, just out in the open Love it Anyway, I m not sure how appealing Rubber Soul will be to non music fans, but music fiction fans will devour almost every note, er, word ok, at least those involving The Beatles I sure did 4 stars 5,540 Kindle locations


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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, 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 I am, of course, familiar with the author and his own musical success I am also a Beatles fan But, a novel featuring the fab four I had no idea how that would work out Well, it works out great, as a matter of fact The author does a great job of giving the Beatles personalities and dialogue that is believable I kept forgetting that Bob was a made up character He is the real force behind the story A guy that is a true blue friend and loyal to a fault The author did a a great job of capturing that magical time period when things were changing and the reader is seeing those exciting moments in history through the eyes of Bob as he tries to absorb not only the pop culture exploding with new music, hairstyles, clothes and attitudes, but through his own growing pains and the adult situations he had to deal with by becoming a parent, trying to build a business and dealing with his father s health problems, and of course the situation with his brothers There was a stark contrast between Bob s life and the life of the Beatles, but there were also similarities Bob may have had a bit of a hand in helping with the Beatles music here and there, and of course he has a big role in helping them in Manila If you are Beatles fan it goes without saying, I think you will love this book The stories about the songs they recorded early in thier careers and the references made will have you chuckling If you are not a big Beatles fan or if you just don t know much about them, you will still like this book There is humor, heartbreak, angst, family drama , crime drama, nostalgia, a little romance, and a lot of adventure I was entertained from start to finish and that s what it s all about This one is an A


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    Beatle Fans There is a novel about the Fab Four s rise to the toppermost of the poppermost It s called Rubber Soul and it s written by a guy who loves the Liverpudlians as much as you and I NOTE The Three stars are for non Beatle fans Greg Kihn does a great job evoking the heady, dizzying rush of Beatlemania in Rubber Soul He puts the reader on the train with the lads as they travel from NYC to DC for the next show He s able to create reasonable facsimiles of the Beatle s personalities in Beatle Fans There is a novel about the Fab Four s rise to the toppermost of the poppermost It s called Rubber Soul and it s written by a guy who loves the Liverpudlians as much as you and I NOTE The Three stars are for non Beatle fans Greg Kihn does a great job evoking the heady, dizzying rush of Beatlemania in Rubber Soul He puts the reader on the train with the lads as they travel from NYC to DC for the next show He s able to create reasonable facsimiles of the Beatle s personalities in his book, as each of the Beatles has a part The authors shows a deft touch with including snippets of dialog that hint at songs and albums the Beatles actually made.Rubber Soul covers the Beatles rise from backing strippers while playing in the red light district of Hamburg, Germany to the end of their world wide touring days in 1966 about 4 years To put us close to the Beatles for this Magical Mystery Tour, Kihn creates the character of Dust Bin Bob Robert Dingle Dingle is the son of a London junk dealer and, through his father s contacts, is able to get ahold of rare US 45s of rock and blues early pioneers John, Paul and George, out larking through Liverpool one afternoon, come through the Dingle s market stall and talk Robert into inviting them home to his house to listen to all these hot discs from across the pond Robert, charmed by the 3 lads, brings them round his house John, Paul and George bring their guitars They play the records and Robert sits amazed to watch the developing musicians transpose the songs they only hear once into new cover tunes they ll use in their concerts Then, Robert s evil half brothers come home and kick the crap out of Robert and the 3 Beatles John takes Robert home to Mendips and talks Aunt Mimi into letting him move in until his broken ribs heal Once he s better, Dust Bin Bob sets off for America on a Merchant Marine vessel.His paths keep crossing the Beatles, first in Hamburg, then in America when the boys come to play the Ed Sullivan show Along the way, Robert gives the boysrare 45s from his collection, comes into some money from his father and a wealthy widow he befriended Robert buys an antique businees in Balti and marries his American girlfriend Eventually, by early 1966, Robert ends up in the Phillipines with the Beatles for a confrontation with his evil half brother who is trying to assassinate the Fab Four from the roof of the Manilla Airport Loads of fun if you re a Beatles fan Maybe not so much fun if you re not


  6. says:

    I read a really good book recently, y allRubber Soul , by Greg Kihn Let me tell you a little about it.I really enjoyed Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn I hope you approve of my excerpt choice, as it has personal meaning for me I, too, witnessed The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, along with Greg Kihn and Dust Bin Bob Oh, wait Dust Bin Bob is fictional I kept forgetting that because, to me, this excellent book readlike the memoir of Robert Dust Bin Bob Dingle than I read a really good book recently, y allRubber Soul , by Greg Kihn Let me tell you a little about it.I really enjoyed Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn I hope you approve of my excerpt choice, as it has personal meaning for me I, too, witnessed The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, along with Greg Kihn and Dust Bin Bob Oh, wait Dust Bin Bob is fictional I kept forgetting that because, to me, this excellent book readlike the memoir of Robert Dust Bin Bob Dingle than a work of fiction Rubber Soul is such a fun read Kihn has perfectly captured the same quirky, zany characterizations of The Beatles as seen in their movies Helpand A Hard Day s Night I recommend Rubber Soul to all Beatles fans, especially to those of us who are Baby Boomer mystery aficionados Rubber Soul is an amazing, fab ulous read about the Fab Four, which has earned my Five Star seal of approval Originally published at Jane Reads


  7. says:

    Oh, I so wanted to love this book I love the Beatles, but I was born long after they broke up, and though I own most of their studio albums on vinyl, I was eager to learnabout their early days This book is definitely good for that the reader gets an excellent peek into the sheer insanity that was Beatlemania, and we get a glimpse of what the boys were like before they became so huge The problem is, however, that this book is written in a very pedestrian way He said this, they did this Oh, I so wanted to love this book I love the Beatles, but I was born long after they broke up, and though I own most of their studio albums on vinyl, I was eager to learnabout their early days This book is definitely good for that the reader gets an excellent peek into the sheer insanity that was Beatlemania, and we get a glimpse of what the boys were like before they became so huge The problem is, however, that this book is written in a very pedestrian way He said this, they did this, then they went here The characters were extremely flat as well, and the reader was left wanting so muchIt was so hard to summon interest in this book because of the writing That said, it did teach me about the Manila Incident, which I hadn t known about previously


  8. says:

    This is a weird, goofy booknot really in a good way Dust Bin Bob is kind of the Forrest Gump of this fictional Beatles world, but without the clever dark satire If the reader is a casual Beatles fan, this novel might work, although that wouldn t change the amateur writing style and inexcusable editorial errors for example, there are no scene transitions For a reader who has been reading books about the Beatles for, oh, around 30 years, though, this just doesn t quite cut it I did apprec This is a weird, goofy booknot really in a good way Dust Bin Bob is kind of the Forrest Gump of this fictional Beatles world, but without the clever dark satire If the reader is a casual Beatles fan, this novel might work, although that wouldn t change the amateur writing style and inexcusable editorial errors for example, there are no scene transitions For a reader who has been reading books about the Beatles for, oh, around 30 years, though, this just doesn t quite cut it I did appreciate some small touches, like including Louise Harrison albeit briefly in the narrative But the personalities of each of the characters are kind of the same And the subplot is no good And years go by in a blink with very little description Anyway, I won t be reading the next book, which is about the Rolling Stones


  9. says:

    This was an enjoyable read, but the forward prevented me from any willing suspension of disbelief.Dust Bin Bob does not exist None of the words the Beatles say were spoken.So that leaves us with the thought so who cares what this author thinks he knows about the Beatles and their rise from obscurity and their dislike of touring My solution put the forward at the end and don t spoil the read.I borrowed a copy from the public library.


  10. says:

    This was an interesting read that definitly had my interest from the moment that I started reading It moved along at a fairly nice speed, has interesting characters that definitely make you want to know them personally and a story that wont let you down.This book needs to be read It needs to be added to your TBR list, once you start reading you will be hooked.


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