ONE SUMMER…ONE LONG-LOST CASSETTE…ONE KIDDIE POOL FROM BIG LOTS
—Quirky Novel Reaches Out To Vinyl Record Collectors As Special Niche
Jonesville, South Carolina—A writer of Southern fiction says listening to a long-lost Led Zeppelin cassette while floating in a $250 kiddie pool from Big Lots one summer gave him the concept for his new novel Blue Rubber Pool and the idea of offering it first to vinyl record collectors hunting sixties and seventies rock.
“The story has a hard driving sound track,” says Tim Bryant. “So much so that I contacted Led Zeppelin to be part of their 50th anniversary but never heard back.”
Published last week by Black Opal Books, a small boutique press in Oregon, Bryant says Blue Rubber Pool explores religion, politics, subversion, capitalism, marriage, Southern culture, angst and paranoia as a bizarre mystery winds through the plot.
The main character, JT Harrington, is a shadowy, world weary South of the Border deal maker, having qualms about his work and life. Smitten by a dainty Southern belle—she’s a Dawn Wells look-alike—he ships his sailboat to rural South Carolina and parks it near her parents’ generations-old plantation house.
But his transition to the boonies does not go well…
His type guns are not for hunting, his type boat is not for catching bass. He likes Zeppelin, not country. Nobody surfs. A neighbor’s cow keeps wandering near his stash. And somebody’s watching from the road.
And his thoughts keep going to Zeppelin. For instance, the song Nobody’s Fault But Mine, about a man in search of redemption, was first recorded in 1929 by a gospel singer named Blind Willie Johnson; the ten-minute-long Carouselambra’s utterances about a hunter-type person scouting for the unsuspecting and the weak. And that Janis Joplin would’ve sung the hell out of Night Flight.
“This is a story for people that really appreciate the vinyl rock era of the late sixties and seventies and what was happening at that time,” Bryant says. “That’s why I’m taking it first to record store owners and vinyl record collectors. These are the people I would have most wanted with me that summer in the pool—all knotted up by things that had to get sorted out through the writing process. These are the people most likely to ‘get’ this book. And me.”
Bryant hopes record store owners will stock a few copies to sell to customers and that readers will support him with good reviews. “I don’t know where this is going,” Bryant added, “but it’s been pretty fun so far.”
Vinyl collectors should visit their favorite record store to buy or order. Retailers can purchase at wholesale through customerservice@BlackOpalBooks.com.