12 Step Program, chapter nine

chapter nine 12 Step Program saved What’s New. As the single got to be heard on the radio and began to chart, the club, which had been suffering in the weeks after the riot, filled up with people wanting to see The Hi-Steppers, risking the curfew, or proudly declaring...

12 Step Program, chapter seven

12 Step Program, chapter 7 Tonio Valdez came into the club late one Friday afternoon as Bob was leading the band in a rehearsal of a new song, Pandora’s Box , looking glum. Uh oh, thought Bob, bad news. Depends, said Valdez. I think we, the kids and their supporters,...

12 Step Program, chapter six

Chapter Six From what little I know about Abe Stern, he was born in some little town in Hungary in 19224. His father, Mauri, was a successful baker, not because he was a great baker but a smart businessman capable of reading the winds of change. Thus, he sensed an air...

12 Step Program, chapter eight

12 Step Program, chapter eight You don’t remember me, do you, said the girl? That stopped Bob Jansen as he prepared to take the stage at What’s New. He’d grown accustomed to girls accosting him and knew how to deal with them, fob them off. His customary reserve would...

12 Step Program, chapter five

12 Step Program, chapter 5 Bob Jansen was exhilarated by the day’s recording. He was making a record. It’s all he ever wanted to do. A rock ’n’ roll record. He loved singing and performing for people, but he had been exposed to rock’n’roll through radio and radio...

12 Step Program, chapter 4

12 Step Program, chapter 4 When Abe Stern called him about The Hi-Steppers he thought Stern might be handing him a consolation prize, but this band was more together, Bob Jansen more focused. He liked them, thought there was something there. No one in The Hi-Steppers,...

12 Step Program, chaper three

12 Step Program, chapter 3 Sure enough, the following weekend The Hi-Steppers got its sound under control and there were a few more teenagers. The third weekend was even better. Not long after, Abe Stern was in his tiny office of Barb Records when his young postman...

12 Step Program, chapter two

12 Step Program, chapter 2 Bob wasn’t a visionary. He just knew what he liked and moved in its direction. He wasn’t a rebel either but went with what seemed right. So when rock and roll became popular, he had his favourite singers and records. When his parents dumped...

12 Step Program, chapter one

12 Step Program Chapter One At last, some recognition for Bob Jansen. Too bad he’s dead. Never heard of Bob Jansen? He wrote 12 Step Program; that you must have heard. Every band of the 60s used to do it. That and Louie Louie and Gloria. Every band. It didn’t matter...

Canucks fan

My friend Bruce asked me, Are you a Canucks fan? He sounded incredulous, although he has been a Philadelphia Flyers fan since they were known as the Broad Street Bullies. As they haven’t seemed to be going anywhere for the past 20 years I find this equally...