“Unleashed” — A Review For Amazon.com

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When I wrote, “Local DJ”, an accounting of my sordid five-decade career in Rock & Roll radio, an overriding theme throughout was a continuing conviction that “Rock & Roll” is primarily an attitude – the music form providing an important extension of same. Consequently, all of the relatively limited numbers of characters included in the narrative were chosen for “attitude”. Right up there with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The WHO — a reader will find – Alan MacLeese.

By way of further introduction, I offer this brief excerpt from the book:

“Al MacLeese was a columnist for the Flint Journal. I had read several superb pieces he had written and had dropped him a note expressing appreciation for his wit and style. He had called me and we had lunch. He was a grizzled old time newspaper rogue and was not unknown to heavily partake in liquid stimulants from time to time. I mentioned that Syracuse, New York was my hometown. He mused:

“I remember finishing the last of my gin at five in the morning in the middle of the lobby at the Howard Hotel in Syracuse while feeding what remained of my plastic Florida driver’s license to a light-brown hamster hurriedly spinning his rusty wheel in an old, copper cage.”

This was all narrated without pause and in a single breath.

I received a Christmas Card from Al the following week. I’ve kept it ever since with other treasured memorabilia. There are but four handwritten lines:

“Roses are dreary,
 Violets are sick;

Did you kill Christ,
 You Irish prick?”

Even as I had introduced Academy Award Winning Film Director Michael Moore to an unsuspecting public with “Radio Free Flint” Sunday mornings on WWCK, I enticed Alan to bring his “MacLeese Unleashed” newspaper column to radio immediately following Mr. Moore, which he did with astounding success. Ratings and listener participation reached historic proportions.

I am overjoyed that Roger Van Noord, former Managing Editor of the Flint Journal and a friend of Alan’s through the years, has brought forth a masterful depiction of one of the most talented and singularly gifted characters I ever encountered on or off the air. Moreover, Van Noord has done so in a particularly creative and effective manner with a unique blend of his own observations combined with copious email received from MacLeese, himself, spanning a full decade of what amounted to self-imposed professional exile during his final years in the little town of Hallowell, Maine – population 2,381.

“Unleashed” offers an extraordinary reading experience and abundant opportunity for comforting introspective reflection as one ponders the amazingly inspiring words of Alan MacLeese – gone from us now — but never to be forgotten.

Roger Van Noord has done a remarkably wonderful thing.

3 Responses to ““Unleashed” — A Review For Amazon.com”

  1. Charles Walker Says:

    “I remember finishing the last of my gin at five in the morning in the middle of the lobby at the Howard Hotel in Syracuse while feeding what remained of my plastic Florida driver’s license to a light-brown hamster hurriedly spinning his rusty wheel in an old, copper cage.”

    Wow! Mike Hammer meets Serge A. Storms! I’ll definitely buy the book. BTW, any word on a hard cover print version of LDJ mod II?

  2. petercavanaugh Says:

    It really is a cool book, Charlie! Glad you’re getting it. Meanwhile, we need to digitalize you at the soonest.

  3. ActLocally Says:

    Comment offered – although I’d think you MIGHT already be apprised re: same!

    Later – and here’s your thought for the day:

    Les Marsden (209) 966-6988 (H) (559) 708-6027 (Limited-reception cell) 7145 Snyder Creek Road Mariposa, CA 95338-9641

    Trustee Central, California Democratic Council Chairman, Mariposa County Planning Commission President, Mariposa County Arts Council, Incorporated Board Director, Economic Development Corporation of Mariposa County Founding Music Director and Conductor, The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra ♫ ♪ ♫

    Mariposa Symphony Orchestra: http://tinyurl.com/MariposaSO Marsden Marx Pages (former career ended by disability): http://tinyurl.com/ygpj7og

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