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A line of T shirts with a rock and roll heart, from Ken Barr Designs…

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Recently I was interviewed by The Guardian , they wanted my take on the new show “Roadies”. Here is a link:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/jun/24/roadies-cameron-crowe-review-touring

The Sanford Herald was nice enough to do an article on me and my career, I actually made the front page! I’ll include the article here, thanks…

The Sanford Herald article

The Sanford Herald article

Sanford Herald

 Starting in 1978 and ending in 2000, I worked in the music indusrty as a technician. My journey started in the bars and rock clubs on Long Island, New york, and eventually took me to arenas and stadiums around the world working for KISS, Alice Cooper, Stone Temple Pilots, and many other groups. This is my story. From club gigs after school as a teenager, to concerts on every continent on the planet. I’ve been there and back, and survived to tell the story. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it.
 
 
Road Crew cover
 
 

I have recently partnered with Kindle to make my Blog available to be sent directly to your Kindle. I will include a link to make it easier to find. There’s a 14 day free trial to check it out if you want.

Thanks, Ken

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A00K3I4#suggestion-box

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to everyone that participated in this past weekends free Kindle book event. As usual the response was overwhelming, I appreciate the support, and look forward to your reviews of my work. Thank you again, Ken

Here’s a link to my Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Ken-Barr/e/B003L0R7X4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1349693434&sr=8-1

 

I started working on a book entitled, “Brace For Impact” some time ago. I have started and stopped so many times, I could just never get a feel for it. I had a writing partner, an editor, but nothing worked. I’m going it alone and I think I’m ready, finally. This book is meant to be a companion volume to my book, “We Are The Road Crew”. While that book celebrated my career in rock and roll, this book is more about the gritty underside of it. I am including here an excerpt from the book, the introduction. And also, I just bought the rights to a picture that will become the cover. Please let me know what you think, as this is a work in progress. As always, thanks, Ken

Brace For Impact:

Introduction

 While working on this book I have started and stopped more times than I can remember. Someone close to me told me to write about the dark underside of the life I’ve led. We all have a dark underside; it’s just that some are darker and dirtier than others. When I first envisioned this book it was to talk about all the undeserved ass kickings life had thrown at me. But the more I tried, the words didn’t come. The stories were lame, and had no soul.

It’s not that my life hasn’t had soul, or texture, or the most vivid colors on the planet, it’s just that the way I first envisioned this book was bullshit. Yeah we all get our ass kicked sometime, big deal, that ain’t a book I wanna buy. When I talked to my partner she called me on my bullshit. What I was churning out was crap, unworthy of the time I had wasted putting the words down. I had to dig deep, and find the real meat that was on the bone. But the problem with that was, where the dark, gritty meat that was and is my life was, was where I had wronged so many people in my selfish, Dionysian, self absorbed, bullshit, rock and roll life. That’s a scary beast to face down, the wrongs you have perpetrated on those around you. It’s the rest of the world that needs to brace for impact.

There are a lot of days in my life that I regret, that I wish I could take back, but not only can I not take them back, I am now revisiting them and they haunt me. I keep asking myself, is a fucking book worth walking back down those dark passages of yesterday?  But maybe this is about more than just another bullshit rock and roll book. Maybe this will be the catharsis that will purge the demons from my past. They haunt me at night, and at random moments where something will remind me of them and take me back to a point in time and I relive it, again and again. There are a lot of painful memories, and I have kept turning from them like you would a bright light first thing in the morning. Never taking ownership for all that I have done.

All my life I have never looked back at the damage I have done, the lives I have shattered. It’s easy when you keep moving forward and tell yourself it’s not your fault, but when you finally slow down for even a minute, you can’t hide from yourself no matter how hard you try. Reliving these moments in time and facing them has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. Every word hurts, every memory is excruciating, and magnified tenfold as I examine it for all the details, all the dark and gritty truths about myself and the world I created around me.

So here I am, about to go down the dark passages that have made up the sum content of my life so far. You may or may not like what you see here, and you will more than likely think less of me for all I have done, but here we go. I invite you to meet my demons, like I said, maybe this book will be cathartic, and maybe, just maybe, my demons will finally leave me alone. God I hope so.

The photo that will become the cover:

My book, “We Are The Road Crew” recalls my days touring as a technician for KISS, Alice Cooper, Stone Temple Pilots, Rainbow, Debbie Gison and many other artists, it was a career I loved and was fortunate to have. This book is my personal tribute to a career I loved.  Here’s a link:

http://www.amazon.com/We-Are-Road-Crew-Vol/dp/1450538673/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1349464836&sr=8-3&keywords=we+are+the+road+crew

Once again I will be giving away Kindle versions of my book, “We Are The Road Crew”, for free this Saturday and Sunday. All that I ask is that when you have a moment , please post a review of some kind on Amazon, as this helps new authors such as myself  out a lot. The book is about my career in Rock and Roll, starting out in the clubs of Long Island where I’m from, to my years touring the world with KISS, Alice Cooper and many other artists. Thanks for your support. I will provide a link:

 

http://www.amazon.com/We-Are-Road-Crew-ebook/dp/B006RUU8Z4/ref=la_B003L0R7X4_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1349291067&sr=1-7

 

I have set up my Blog more like a web site, with different pages for different things, please check it out and repost.

Thanks, Ken

https://theroadcrew.wordpress.com/