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Ben Venice!


When I’m not working on other projects, I write about a guy called Ben Venice and his world. Ben’s kind of what I see -among other things- as the the between the lines version of Nick Fury as depicted in the Spy-Fi crazed sixties. There wasn’t much Jim Steranko didn’t do in his time with the character, but did you ever wonder about Fury’s private moments as he slid from World War II sergeant to head of S.H.I.E.L.D., the time before he became the super competent top cop? Stuff barely hit upon in the single issue 4, one Mr. Steranko only did the cover for? I do, and this is my own take on a similar concept in prose.

My favorite works of sequential fiction tend to be told in quick bursts- Those issues of Strange Tales with 12 page stories, daily comic strips like Flash Gordon or Cannon. Overall, growing up I was always getting a hold of old comics that were the second or third part of a saga, and I rarely got the other chapters to the story. I didn’t mind. Hell, didn’t we all have more fun with Star Wars when we only had the last three parts?

There’s much to be said about interesting installments, taken on their own merits. To that end, I try to make each piece of this story I’m telling interesting on its own, as sort of a little chunk of “flash fiction” with all fat cut away, that can be taken on its own or as a part of a larger narrative if you’ve been paying attention.

I do the short bursts here, and then from time to time, I compile them for I just put a third chunk up on that site, as the adversary of the story has begun to show his hand. So, as follows:

Part I: Meet Ben Venice

Part II: Ben Venice Is On The Move

Part III: The Scorpion Emerges

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Vintage Rock #13: Billy Lee Riley

In part thanks to the largesse of my good pal Randy Fox, my piece on Billy Lee Riley is in the new Vintage Rock magazine. It’s out now in the UK and in a week or two here in the US. I’m not going to post the Brian Setzer cover, but I will show you a little preview of my article.


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On The Record at VinylFest


Stop me if you’ve heard this one:

“Louisville is the next Seattle.”

Well, guess what? I say Louisville is Louisville.

That’s why the first ever On The Record panel is devoted to this city, and a few of the biggest reasons it was what it was, is what it is, and will be what it will be.

The guests:

My dear friend Mike Bucayu, once and now again head of the revived Self Destruct Records (a label) and owner of the defunct Blue Moon Records (a store) where I got my name. Literally.

Heather Fox, the historian in charge of the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA).

Sean Liter, owner of the hippest shop in town, Modern Cult.

Ed Lutz, who was the man responsible for the label Three Little Girls and Ground Zero.

Dave Rucinski, the somewhat mysterious man behind Gubbey Records.

The owner of ear-x-tacy, the store that was synonymous with Louisville music for decades, still Keeping Louisville Weird on WFPK, John Timmons.

And the survivor, the one who saw so many come and go, who rope-a-doped like Ali, who still casts a shadow long and tall from two Better Days Records locations, Mister Ben Jones.

The panel is at 2:30, August 3oth, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It is a part of VinylFest. One day tickets are 15 bucks, advance vouchers to get a 10 dollar ticket are available at Better Days, Modern Cult, and with Matt Anthony.

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Image up top by none other than fellow Wanderer Joe Berenato.

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