“There is no ‘yesterday’; there is only tomorrow.” Such is the motto of Gary Sapling, a gifted young singer-songwriter from the (make-believe) small town of Panville, California. In the summer of 1974, Gary works a menial job at the local mall, but yearns for stardom. An invitation to visit his uncle Karl is the beginning of Gary’s odyssey.
The two of them make an impromptu visit to San Francisco, at Gary’s urging. Once there, Gary has a chance meeting with a member of the ‘frisco Freedom Collective, a guerilla theatre troupe that lives communally in the city. As the fateful summer unfolds, Gary bonds and moves in with the Collective, becomes involved in a love triangle with two young women, becoming an ‘indie’ movie star, and making the crucial steps towards the thriving musical career of which he has been dreaming.
This novel is mainly influenced by “Hair”, “Almost Famous”, and the “Beat” and other counter-cultural writings of the latter half of the twentieth century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wylie Reed Richardson was born in New England, but has called NYC home since childhood. He studied Creative Writing at the New School for Social Resarch, and has free-lance journalism credits ranging from the local publications Our Town, The West Side Spirit, and The New York Planet to the national magazines Scholastic Choices and Tower Video Review.
His parody ‘soap opera’ script “Irrational Dreams” was produced (in workshop format) by The Rising Sun Performance Company in 2002 (in NYC); the script is available on Lulu.com. He visited San Francisco for the first time in 2003, and considers it one of his favorite places; Golden Strings was written partially as a tribute to it. His favorite authors are Kerouac, Tolkien, and Hemingway. He can be reached through his facebook and writer.com accounts.
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