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Pat DiCesare’s blog tour and a giveaway!

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I told you just a teeny tiny little bit about Pat in yesterday’s post. I want to tell you more about him today and invite you to join a giveaway! I told you, I love giving you opportunities to win things and this swag looks pretty sweet. He’s basically a hometown hero (Hey he’s from PA, I’m from WV, we’re separated by a river.) Stay with me until then end and then enter to win!

It’s not often you get to rub elbows with living legends, but Pat made a career out of it. 

pat-1Pat DiCesare’s (pronounced Dee Cesar) memoir Hard Days Hard Nights: From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones… Insider Stories From a Legendary Concert Promoter gives a never before seen behind the scenes look at the birth of modern day rock n roll. Who knows more than the promoter? He worked the circuit in Pittsburgh, PA.

The bestseller has already been named 2014’s Independent Book of the Year, been announced as the grand prize winner of the 2014 Great Midwest Book Festival, and been named Runner Up for Best Non-Fiction by the Southern California Book Festival.

His revealing memoir spans over 40 years in the music industry and details his story of how he brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh and close encounters with music’s biggest stars including Janis Joplin, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Alice Cooper, The Rolling Stones, The Jackson Five, and Aerosmith.

“The first baseball stadium we ever played was a show promoted by Pat DiCesare,” said rocker Alice Cooper and talent manager Shep Gordon. “He was one of the only promoters we trusted to do big shows and we were right…through all the craziness…floods…insanity…he gave us and the fans a great night. Thanks, Pat!”

“If you expected to play Pittsburgh in the late ’60s, pal, you either talked to Pat DiCesare or you stayed home.” 
-Ed Masley of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

But you guys, he’s not done yet!

He is producing, “Relive The Beatles ’64. A concert dedicated to his production of The Beatles concert on September 14, 1964 in Pittsburgh. Which features tributes to the artists who influenced The Beatles and stars Beatlemania Now at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday September 19 for the 51 st anniversary of The Beatles concert. It sounds like a most excellent time for all!

He has three sons and four grandsons and lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania with his wife of forty-six years, Kathy.

If you’d like to learn more about him, his upcoming concerts, and his book, check out his links before:

Pat’s Website

Pat’s Facebook

Pat’s Twitter

Pat’s Amazon Author Page

 

And the moment you’ve been waiting for.  The opportunity to win an autographed copy of Hard Days and Hard Nights and a Beatles shirt!!!!

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Let me know what you think in the comments and thanks for stopping by!
Aloha y’all and good luck!

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Poetry ripping at the heart: Robert Wilson

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today, I bring you the gift of another indie author. Yesterday it was more about carnal knowledge. Today, it’s matter’s of the heart. (Did you check out yesterday’s post, by the way. If not do a lil’ click here. You’re welcome.)

Let me introduce you to Robert Wilson. I’ve known Robert for years. I remember when we were hanging out at the now defunct Fuel bar (It was more of a hole in the ground than a hole in the wall) where we did Fueled Poets and Comedy Caravan. He was just starting to read his poetry in front of people and even then his words were dark and mysterious.

Now he is an indie author, who has released his debut poetry collection today! He writes about love and love’s loss with an aching heart and a bitter tongue. The title “Love and Black Holes” is quite fitting.

Here is a lil sample. Just a taste my friends:

He extracted inspiration from the roses growing from her wrists and used it to paint pictures across the ceiling. There were burning buildings, decapitated husbands, and hanging wives strewn across the peeling paint around them. He collapsed on the mattress next to her when he was finished and lit up a cigarette. “It’s all beautiful,” she said after surveying his work.
“I know,” he replied, exhaling a torrent of smoke. “It’s everything I see when I look at you.”
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Whew. Startling, yet beautiful, isn’t it?

Here’s a bit more about Robert, other than my gushing endorsement:

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson is an indie author and poet residing in Morgantown, WV. Always controversial, his writings tend to veer towards the darker side of life that most other writers fear to tread while using surrealism and dark humor to convey his views. He recently completed his collection of romantic prose, Love and Black Holes, which is set to be released February 14th, 2015. For more information on him and his work, you can visit his website or email him at: robertjw4688@gmail.com.

Check out Robert’s site and give his poetry a go. Buy his book and support an indie poet!

Let me know if there’s another indie author you’d like me to spotlight on PenPaperPad. This is probably my favorite series that I’ve done on here. So much fun to give shoutouts to under known writers.

Aloha y’all! 

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