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Rayya Elias: The Harley Loco Book Interview

Posted by on May.15, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

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Harley Loco came out last year and is now available in paperback from Viking/Penguin.  Roundly praised for the raw, unfiltered voice of first time author Rayya Elias, Elias doesn’t just tell you about her world, she lets you inside it.  

The story of a young girl from Syria immigrating to Detroit, who taught herself about music, started doing drugs, moved to New York City in her 20’s, cut hair, did more drugs, went to prison, died three times and ultimately redeemed herself has plenty to draw in the reader. But, there is something else living in the pages  That intagible factor that makes you relate to Elias even if you’ve never come near any of her experiences.

In this interview, we talk about how writing a book with the encouragement of best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert doesn’t suck, how to survive robbing a Colombian drug lord, how she learned English from an iconic soap star and so much more.

Buy Harley Loco. Find Rayya on Twitter and Facebook. Visit her website. Get Rayya’s music on ITunes.


Interview: D.O.A.’s Joe Keithley “I, Shithead: A Life in Punk” “Talk-Action=0″

Posted by on Sep.28, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

Joe Keithley is the lead singer and a founding member of the influential Vancouver punk band, D.O.A.  He is also the author of two books, the autobiography “I Shithead, A Life in Punk” and “Talk-Action= 0:the illustrated history of D.O.A “.

Keithley’s first book “I Shithead” published in 2003, is on its third printing and remains wildly popular.  After the success of that book, he decided to put together a second book, “Talk-Action=Zero” which was released in June of this year.

In this interview, we talk about his books, what musicians influenced his activism (one might surprise you) and what it’s like to be named “The Most Influential British Columbian of All Time” (and have your own bobble head).

Buy I, Shithead: A Life in Punk. Buy Talk – Action = 0 (Talk Minus Action Equals Zero): An Illustrated History of D.O.A.. Find D.O.A on Facebook.  Find Joe on Twitter.  Follow Rock Book Show on Twitter.  Learn more about D.O.A and the bobble head.