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 1960’s will thoroughly enjoy and fall in love with Rubber Soul. They certainly don’t write ‘em like this anymore. – Retropulse, The New Heart of Rock ‘N Roll
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
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
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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 R&B singles that he gets from Merchant Marines returning from Baltimore and New York. The action starts when he befriends four lads from Liverpool by the names 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 to The Ed Sullivan Show and full- fledged Beatlemania.
Along the way, Dust Bin thwarts a plot by Marcos loyalists to assassinate the Beatles in Manila after they snub the Marcos family, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident. It could have happened!
NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man.” His career stretches from the dawn of punk and indie rock to the discos of the 80’s to the glory days of MTV. As a pioneer with the legendary Beserkley Records, he helped write the book on revolutionary west coast rock and roll, toured the world, appeared on Saturday Night Live and American Bandstand, opened for the Rolling Stones, jammed with Bruce Springsteen, and won awards for his worldwide #1 hit Jeopardy and The Break-Up Song, famously parodied by Weird Al Yankovic.
About the Author
Greg Kihn is the author of four previous novels including Horror Show, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. In the 90’s, Kihn started a radio career and spent sixteen years hosting the top-rated morning show for KFOX radio in San Francisco. He was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame in 2008 and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
The idea for Rubber Soul originated with Greg’s interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Patti Harrison, Yoko Ono and drummer Pete Best. The historical details are 100% accurate. When he asked where the Beatles found the rare American R&B 45’s that constituted their early repertoire, Best revealed that it was from Merchant Marines who carried the records back to Liverpool from America. From there came the fictional Dust Bin Bob, a character who befriends the Beatles from their penniless early days and saves them from an assassination attempt in the Philippines during their world tour in 1966. After a lifetime of rock & roll, and decades on the road and behind the microphone, no one else but Greg Kihn could have written this story.
- Advance Reader copies to key genre and music outlets
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- Contesting and giveaways (including signed guitar, merchandise, CD collections)
- Summer concert tour
- National radio tour
- Author appearance in San Francisco and Los Angeles
Greg Kihn Plays & Comments On His Interview with Beatle Paul McCartney
Greg Kihn Plays & Comments On His Interview with Beatle Ringo Starr
Greg Kihn Reads the Last Chapter of His Book Rubber Soul, an action packed ride through Beatlemania.
Greg Kihn Reads the 1st Chapter of His Book Rubber Soul, an action packed ride through Beatlemania.