Notes from a Battered Grand by Don Asher
A Memoir/Fifty Years of Music, from Honky-Tonk to High Society

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A personal memoir of a life of obscurity in the music business chronicles the author's numerous gigs in hotel lounges, roadside honky-tonks, Mafia dens, and socialite clubs over the last fifty years. National ad/promo. Tour.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published June 1, 1992 by Harcourt. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Asher captures these old clubs marvelously: ``a whiff from the open door of a seedy south-of- Market barroom in San Francisco, peering through the slats of a darkened club in the bright afternoon, can summon full-blown, in all their squalor and glory, Dominic's Cafe, Blue Marlin, Tiny's Carousel,...

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Asher ( Raise Up Off Me: A Portrait of Hampton Hawes ), who is a novelist as well as a pianist, writes with breathless panache, capturing the bizarre, amusing and absurd events that fill the life of anyone rash enough to want to make a living as a piano player.

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Notes From a Battered Grand nails its era in a vigorous, improvisational style, with hammered wise-guy phrases, lush and stirring passages, quick tempo shifts, and soft closings.

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