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Went to See the Gypsy By Mark Fogarty
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Now there's a second edition of Went to See the Gypsy! Are you a Baby Boomer that still rocks? Or a fan of rock’s golden era of any age? Do you remember the first vinyl record you bought? Do... More > you still play your favorite songs two or three times in a row? Then you will enjoy Went To See the Gypsy! The title is from a Dylan song about Elvis, and it evokes the journey I’ve been on since the Beatles took America by storm in 1964. My friends and I were so taken by the Beatles that we made up a fake-Beatles band with tennis racket guitars and lipsynced the songs to the neighbors at a nickel a pop! And I’ve been following the rock gypsy caravans ever since, from the British Invasion bands on AM transistor radios, to the psychedelic revolution on FM radio, to punk rock on the left of the dial, to alternative music on CDs, and all of it over again on digital!< Less
Phantom Engineer By Mark Fogarty
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Rock and roll poetry! PHANTOM ENGINEER is the creative reaction to fifty years of listening to music, playing music, recording music. The natural joyousness of rock is big in these pages, plus the... More > sadness of remembering those who died young. Jimi Hendrix, Jaco Pastorius, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Lisa Lopes, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and Nicky Hopkins are all remembered for talent (or genius) that bloomed young and died young. Meanwhile, the Phantom Engineer pulls the strings and makes the blues and the zydeco appear!< Less
Myshkin's Blues By Mark Fogarty
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MYSHKIN'S BLUES is a physical and emotional travelogue that takes as its patron saint Dostoevsky's holy fool. Organized into a double album in the manner of Cream's "Wheels of Fire" or... More > Jimi's "Electric Ladyland" or Guns n'Roses' "Use Your Illusion," the poems of Mark Fogarty's questing work walk through the valley between folly and wisdom, relying on the magic of the blues to transform painful experiences into joyful ones!< Less
Peninsula By Mark Fogarty
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No man is an island entire of himself, but many are peninsulas. Mark Fogarty's dramatic new book of poetry examines a life surrounded by water on three sides and connected to land by one side. This... More > wide-ranging volume traces the disconnections of modern life as well as the sweet moments when the stars all line up. Fogarty's love of music shines out through his poems on many of his favorite musicians: Ozzy Osbourne, Lisa Lopes, Jaco Pastorius, Glen Matlock. There are also a few shouts out to favorite athletes: Muhammad Ali, Henry Aaron, Jackie Robinson. PENINSULA also features the major poem "A Sash for Addie Mae Collins," about the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. You will also find out how he is related to Queen Elizabeth!< Less
Myshkin's Blues By Mark Fogarty
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MYSHKIN'S BLUES is a physical and emotional travelogue that takes as its patron saint Dostoevsky's holy fool. Organized into a double album in the manner of Cream's "Wheels of Fire" or... More > Jimi's "Electric Ladyland" or Guns n'Roses' "Use Your Illusion," the poems of Mark Fogarty's questing work walk through the valley between folly and wisdom, relying on the magic of the blues to transform painful experiences into joyful ones!< Less
IT'S SO EASY TO FALL IN LOVE By Mark Fogarty
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Part 2 of the Sheridan City trilogy is split between Sheridan City and its rival Inner Jersey rock city, New Brunswick. The Saintes are the kings of a place that has two Friday nights and perpetual... More > excitement. But is it enough for Randy New Brunswick or must he seek his happiness elsewhere?< Less
Time Goes By Like Pouring Rain By Mark Fogarty
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If you like rock and roll, baseball and beautiful women, Sheridan City, NJ is heaven on earth! The Inner Jersey city has a thriving club scene, a perceptive weekly rock newspaper, and a minor league... More > baseball team that plays in an old stadium by the Third River. One passionate summer, a rock writer follows the ups and downs of the Holy Fools, a band destined for immortality but not popular success. But who is to say what success really means? In a Friday night rock club like the One Four Five or the Barn, the Fools, fronted by the sexy Mink and the alluring Arya, are everything you can hope for. In part two of Time Goes By Like Pouring Rain, a Sheridan City native haunts the jazz clubs of the city where a mysterious singer named Carrie performs in a glamorous disarray. Slowly his vision turns to the fate of his neighbors, newcomers to the city, who show him how Sheridan City can be the stage to illuminate the greatness of America.< Less
All That's Best of Day and Night By Mark Fogarty
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It is three years after the events of ALL THAT's BEST OF DARK AND BRIGHT. The University of Monroe Metrics are again a mediocre club. This year, though, the Beast, the Northeast regional... More > championship, is being held at Monroe. They face the embarrassment of being blown out of their own arena. What's more, a valuable artifact has been stolen! The Monroe AD hires Reporter Guy, narrator of the earlier book, to find the crown jewel. And as a cover, he makes Reporter Guy the Metrics' poetry coach! Will Poetry Man find the trophy? Will he discover unknown skills as a poetry coach to motivate the team? Boy howdy!< Less
ALL THAT'S BEST OF TRUE AND RIGHT By Mark Fogarty
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ALL THAT'S BEST OF TRUE AND LIGHT Nick Johnson is in a familiar situation. He's been asked to be the temporary coach of a University of Monroe Metrics team. Only this time, it is the Golden Metrics,... More > one of the school's Division III teams. Nick must adjust to life in the minor leagues of collegiate WBB, but he finds an extraordinary spirit and cast of characters in these unforgettable Golden Metrics. In addition to the new team there are appearances by other characters from the earlier novels, most notably Julia, Lady Dagger, now nearing the end of her storied WNBA career. Add in the Statue of Liberty, the Hall of the Amendments, a haunted old hotel, the gym they call the Bill, and the familiar patter of sneakered feet on hardwood floors and you will be back in the funny, bittersweet world of the All That's Best series of March Madness novels.< Less
Continuum: The Jaco Poems By Mark Fogarty
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The life of Jaco Pastorius, the master of the bass guitar, was brilliant and turbulent. But it is possible to see, using the title of one of his most famous compositions, a continuum to his life that... More > is mirrored by the continuum of these poems, which celebrate the maestro's musical genius while puzzling and sorrowing over the maladies that led to his early decline and death. And now, 25 years after his death, the up and down rollercoaster has brought his legacy back to the forefront of the musical world, and he is once again one of the few musicians known everywhere on the planet by one name: Jaco.< Less