Tales of the Blue Meanie (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/11/5
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In the depths of the Sixties and The Days Of Rage, a young newsman, accompanied by his pregnant wife and orphaned teenage brother, creates a Paradise of sorts in a sprawling Venice Beach community of apartments, populated by students, artists, budding scientists and engineers lifeguards, poets, bikers with a few junkies thrown in for good measure. The inhabitants come to call the place "Pepperland," after the Beatles movie, "Yellow Submarine." Threatening this paradise is'The Blue Meanie, a crazy giant of a man so frightening that he eventually even scares himself.
Allan Cole is a best-selling author, screenwriter and former prize-winning newsman. The son of a CIA operative, Cole was raised in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more details and to contact Allan, visit his website at www.acole.com. And see his entries in Wikipedia.com, and IMDB.com (International Movie Database)
As a Generation X'er from the Midwest, I read it with a mix of amazement at the antics (The Mad Bomber and the Mrs., Upstairs Junkie and Downstairs Junkie, How to Remove the Floor of an Apartment), admiration at the Chutzpah (Allan and his friends are a confident yet cagey crew), and I'll confess, a mild sense of being appalled at some of the excesses of the early 70s. (I'm a kind of uptight guy).
All that said, the impression that I leave the book with, and what will stay with me, is the sense of Freedom the book has. There are indications throughout the book that the author was working his ass off as a reporter, a husband, a father and in keeping the "Pepperland" Apartment Complex running, but I had the feeling throughout that he and those around him were doing exactly what they wanted to do, any time they wanted. That's something to celebrate.
Great book by one of my favorite authors, and it leaves me wondering exactly what happened between Lucky in Cyprus and Tales of the Blue Meanie... Hopefully a Midquel will come out soon to tie some of the loose ends together.
You can not read this book without saying to yourself, is this stuff true. Well there is little if any exaggeration going on here. I know this to be true, I am one of the characters. I'm Jay. I bet Alan could write volumes on these few short years that we where all together on Washington St in Venice, California.
Thanks, Allan. It's a great read.