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First Review for my 10 short play, book

November 18, 2015

Dear Musea Readers, I got a nice review for my book of plays. See below. Priced at $199 for a download from Amazon and all the sites. REVIEW: TEN SHORT AND SHORT-SHORT PLAYS Ten Short and Short-Short Plays by Tom Hendricks Fiction/ Dramas Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

For those of us readers who enjoy short works of fiction, author and playwright Tom Hendricks has provided us with an intriguing new entry in the field. Ten Short and Short-Short Plays is exactly that, a compendium of ten finely worked plays that can each be read in a very short period of time. From a play featuring two bewitching wood nymphs, to one based on a classic ballet, to yet another featuring two porcelain collectibles dueling it out on a mantle, each feature is certainly unique, creative and highly entertaining.

One of my very favorite genres is that of short fiction. Having a book where one can quickly read through an entertaining piece, then set it aside and not come back to it for hours, days or months, just to start anew with something completely fresh; that is simply a delightful option for me.

However, sometimes I run across a writer that, even though the works are short, they are so compelling they keep me reading right through. That was certainly the case with this book. Playwright Tom Hendricks must have an incessantly creative mind, and this comes through in each of his unique and playful works. Each of these plays would be fun to act out for novice actors or for ones much more skilled. I recommend Ten Short and Short-Short Plays to readers who enjoy short works of fiction, those interested in fun short plays, or actors looking for new work. Tom Hendricks’ work is definitely worth watching out for.

 

 

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The LOST TAPES: History of Rock and Roll

October 8, 2010

The LOST TAPES.

 

Here’s something different. This is  a recording of me reciting my poem

THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL – Parts One and Two.

With Pet Dog Guitar accompaniment. Done in the BEATS performance poetry style.  More fun than great acting – I assure you! Let me hear what you think.

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Listen to this link,  as you read along

 

History of Rock and Roll – part one and two

http://tinyurl.com/2g546sk

 

THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL – Part one and two

 

VOLUME ONE

 

Springing from boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues

with a dose of gospel church, country, and folk,

begins our story of Teenage Rock and Roll.

 

Elvis singing black shook the button up-ed herd.

And Bill Haley toured Europe playing Freed’s new word.

And out of the cities came three pioneers:

Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard – queer.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis married young and dropped away.

Ray Charles blindly sang out ‘What did I say?’

And Orbison wore shades for those Dion in flames:

Eddie Cochran in a car, Buddy Holly in a plane.

 

And doowop groups harmonizing on the corner

Leaning ‘gainst a wall of sound by quirky Phil Spector,

Singing Goffen/King or Leiber/Stoller.

 

And teen girl trios chasing teen boy idols:

Bobby Darin, Phil and Don, and Ricky from the cathode,

Twisting to the American ‘Philly” Bandstand Show.

 

(fade out)

(fade in)

 

VOLUME TWO

 

Berry Gordy in Detroit got the ‘Mo’ jo working:

Supreme Marvin Gaye, Smokey Temptations.

And down in the south Stax of hits:

Otis and Aretha both looking for ‘ R-E-S-P-E-C-T’.

James Brown the King and Wilson Pickett.

 

Beach Boys on the west, 4 Seasons on the east,

Dylan plays folk as across the sea

The Beatles, mop tops, lead the second wave.

 

Soon the Rolling Stones and Animals cross the sea:

Hollies, The Who, Van Morrison, and The Kinks,

(Dave Clark 5, Herman’s Hermits for the Teens)

And the Yardbirds with their guitar wizard three.

 

Back in the states, Bob plugs in and they boo!

Joni, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the ‘Spoon’,

S and G graduating with a rhymin’ tune.

 

And California’s a banana that everybody’s smoking

Lit by the fire of the L.A. Doors.

And psychedelic Grateful Dead dropping acid

Posters under black lights or flickering strobes.

 

And a Papa’s got the Cream of the crop at Monterrey

Where Janis Joplin sings about a ball and a chain.

Woodstock, Haight, and “The Summer of Love”.

Sly Creedence to Young Rascal, San-tan-a,

And Jimi opens up for the Monkees playing live –

Too much to take, eight miles high.

 

Green, Deep Purple, Moody Blue and Pink Floyd,

The beat’s out of sync, Yoko and the boys.

The apple turns rotten, not Eve but vinegar.

The Beatles break up , Rock and Roll ends here.

 

 

Tom Hendricks

hunkasaurus.com

(editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)

 

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