Coupla quick but worthwhile things to mention today:
1) I've got a piece on Dave Parker (pictured above in stylish protective headgear during the summer of '78) up on my man Shawn Anderson's Hall of Very Good site today. It's part of his new "HOVG Heroes" series, which will feature a variety of guest writers saluting players who haven't been enshrined in Cooperstown, but coulda/woulda/shoulda been. Yesterday's piece was a fine appreciation of Dwight Evans by Mike Lynch, and there will be many more to come in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the HOVG page...
2) Big Hair & Plastic Grass is now out in paperback, and I have five copies to give away courtesy of the fine folks at Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's. Beginning tomorrow, I will be holding daily drawings on the Big Hair & Plastic Grass Facebook page; I will ask a question in the morning, and everyone who answers it before a specified time will automatically be entered into the drawing for an autographed copy. So be sure to check out the BH&PG FB page on a daily basis, as well, if you're not doing so already.
3) I'm finally up on Twitter, and would like to build my currently meagre following. So if you're into that kinda thing, please follow me at @BigHairPlasGras.
4) Rhino's Single Notes line of eBooks, a project which I have been managing-editing for nearly a year now, finally launched last week. Our sixth title has dropped today, and it's a doozy (as my late Grandpa Joe would say): Davin Seay's Super Freak: The Last Days Of Rick James. It's easily the best thing I've ever read about the late, great King of Punk-Funk; cocaine's one helluva drug, and this is one helluva book. It's intimate, it's funny, it's funky, it's raunchy, and there's even a segment in the book about Rick swallowing cellophane-wrapped crack rocks in order to avoid imprisonment, and then smoking them later after he's shit them out. Really, what more could you want, in terms of summer reading? Super Freak: The Last Days Of Rick James is available as a digital download on the Amazon Kindle Store and the iTunes iBookstore, and it'll cost you less than a latte.