The Poet in Exile [Signed & Inscribed]: Manzarek, Ray

The Poet in Exile [Signed & Inscribed]

Manzarek, Ray

Published by New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2001
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8vo, publisher's boards, dustwrapper, 210pp. First edition, first printing. From the library of music writer Jim Bessman. Inscribed by RM at the front endpaper: "To Jim: / Ray Manzarek / The Doors". A VG+/VG+ copy: clean boards, very solid binding, clean and unmarked text, a touch or two of dust-soiling to the edges; clean and unclipped wrapper. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Is the lead singer of America’s most notorious rock and roll band really buried in Paris? Years after the Poet’s apparent death, his longtime musical collaborator and friend Roy receives the first of several mysterious postcards bearing cryptic verse, signed only “J.” Trusting his instinct that this is not a hoax, Roy traces the cards to their apparent source—a remote island in the Indian Ocean. There, to his amazement, he is re-united with the man once known as “the snake man,” and hears the remarkable story of his faked death—and the rebirth it made possible. A happily married man, the father of two children, he has discovered the secret to life and is finally free of the demons that had driven him headlong through the American night. Now an enticing question arises: Would destiny smile upon the re-launch of one of the most influential rock and roll bands in history? “... a narrative that ends with a moment of authentic surprise and heart-tugging poignancy.”—Los Angeles Times

From Publishers Weekly: Nearly three decades after Jim Morrison was buried in Paris, Manzarek asks: could Morrison be alive and living on a remote island after staging his own death? The former keyboard player for the Doors provides a mildly entertaining if rather implausible answer to that question in this earnest, clumsy rock novel. The story begins when Manzarek's alter ego, a keyboard player named Roy, receives a couple of cryptic letters from Morrison's fictional foil, the Poet; the letters are postmarked from an obscure island in the Indian Ocean. Despite his skepticism, Roy recognizes the handwriting and the tone of the messages, so he leaves his wife and sets out in search of his long-lost friend. Improbably, he finds his quarry without much trouble the Poet is living in paradise after surviving a nervous breakdown and then undergoing a spiritual recovery in which he managed to put the trauma of his hedonistic rock-star life behind him. What follows is Roy and the Poet's heartwarming reunion, and the telling of the Poet's familiar story: he went to India to meet a guru who saved his soul, then married in the Seychelles, had children and retreated into a peaceful, happy family life. The story of the fake death has its share of appealing moments, and Manzarek will doubtless enjoy tweaking the rock press as he delves once more into the Doors legacy. (Jan.)Forecast: This should be of some interest to rock fans especially Doors aficionados still waiting for Mr. Mojo to rise despite a very high Spinal Tap cliche factor.

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Title: The Poet in Exile [Signed & Inscribed]
Publisher: New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2001
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