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A Circus Mind: Rock'n Roll Poetry from the Edge by [Cox, Ryan]
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Circus Mind is a compilation of rock n roll inspired poems by Ryan Cox. The book weaves through the annals of rock n roll to paint an expressive history of the bands and their music. Exploring the reaches of every corner of the music world from the Rolling Stones recording of Exile on Main St in Nellcôte, France to the Willie Nelson long-haired outlaw country of the 70’s and the socially conscious island rhythms of Bob Marley to the explosive grunge rock of the Seattle trio, Nirvana. Carefully crafting intricate rhymes with surreal imagery of the real life events that characterized the careers of many of the defining artists of the 20 century, Ryan delivers a unique perspective and fresh take of the rock n roll elite. Along with the vivid written imagery, the book is accompanied with a striking collection of illustrations by an international collection of six illustrators.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 153549 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: theconneXtion Books (Dec 18 1977)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2AAN8M
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,397 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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HASH(0xa350afcc) out of 5 stars Inspired writing and as good as it gets Oct. 27 2013
By Mark kendrick - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm writing this review on October 27th 2013 and this day is significant because Lou Reed died today. The first thing I thought of when i heard this news was Ryan Cox's Poem on The Velvet Underground and the amazing accompanying illustration of Lou Reed. I ran, grabbed the book, and reread the poem as a way to remember and honor the man who was was an inspired musician and inspired so many. This is just one example of when I've gone and reached for this book, It's a real treasure.

I'll end this review with the end of Ryan's Poem on Velvet Underground that feels very fitting for the news of Lou's passing "In the heart of the night. My heart's just right."
HASH(0xa34d503c) out of 5 stars Call me lame... Jan. 14 2014
By randy petkoff - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Call me lame, I’m a sucker for the intro. I can vividly remember reading Shel Silverstein’s “I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor,” that shit changed my life!

Cox uses the “Sidewalk Ends” as a creative set up that lifts us through the window of his mind. We escape into his world walking, on beat, with the metronome clicking to Zeppelin, the Beatles and of course Jazz. It's like watching a mixologist craft a cocktail of time, art, and music that is called the "Circus Mind" . Lines like “Inspired to see ink Bleed,” make me jealous of both the literary technique and the raw, "gutty" honesty that permeate these pages.
HASH(0xa34d5474) out of 5 stars Fantastic read Nov. 5 2013
By Stephanie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Growing up in a time where boy bands, rap and electronic music seems to be trend; I've never been able to appreciate Rock'n Roll. The vivid illustrations of this book is what lured me to make a purchase. But as I began my journey on the appreciation of Rock'n Roll, I'm starting to wonder how I missed out on this wonderful genre. I highly recommend this book!

"Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss."

Great big kiss out the brilliant author that put this masterpiece together. :)
HASH(0xa34d5834) out of 5 stars A Circus Mind Nov. 8 2013
By K3051atCH - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A circus mind brought back to life many of my favorite classics. New perspective on the Duane Allman, Rolling Stone, The Clash, Dylan, Talking Heads, Janis Joplin. Back in the day, when I first discovered each of these, the experience was profound - life altering. And yet years later, while reading A Circus Mind, it slowly dawned on me that new perspective, in the voice of poetry, can create whole new experiences.

I am grateful for A Circus Mind. My next step is to put on the corresponding music, then further unpack this dense poetry. Many joyful hors to come.
HASH(0xa34d5918) out of 5 stars A Circus Mind: Rock'n Roll Poetry from the Edge Nov. 8 2013
By ECLogan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Have you ever had a moment when your perception of something is completely shattered? This something, be it a song, a concept, a theory, was nicely packaged in your brain- there may have even been a bow on it. You understood every angle, and then you have an experience that unravels the bow, that unwraps the paper.

A Circus Mind is the catalyst to such an experience. The book pulled me away from my comfortable understanding of Rock 'n' Roll bands, songs, and art, and spun it all on its head.

I've been taken to the Edge, and I don't want to leave.