Ifs, Ands, or Butts

At 70 years plus, Butts Giraud was about to get into a van and go to a gig with his band, the Real Deal. He’d learned to play harmonica and now, not only was he a leading member of the band, but did the booking and had released an album, Silver Magic, drafting...

Miss America For Donald Trump

“Before I congratulate her on being crowned Miss America, I would like to ask her a few questions.” “Thank you very much. I’d just like to say I want world peace and to create a world where children can grow up healthy and happy.”...

Octopus Of Destiny

“I’m gonna blow this pop stand.” “What? You’re an octopus. This is an aquarium.” “I’m escaping.” “How? What?’ “Down the drainpipe.” “And then what? Miles of park, miles of dry...

The Last Supper

“Welcome to The Last Supper Restaurant. I’ll be assisting you in your suicide but before we go into that, what would you like to eat as this will be your last meal?” “Thank you. Could I see the menu first?” “Certainly. I’ll be...

Book excerpt two

Vancouver got its shot of rhythm and blues from Calgary.“The Calgary Shades — Tommy Melton, Tommy Chong, Bernie Sneed, Wes Henderson and Floyd Sneed,” Bill Reiter,  instantly rattles off their names. Reiter, who ran a record shop in Chinatown and...