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Any Rough Times Are Now Behind You: Selected Poems and Writings: 1979-1995
by Dave Alvin
Known mostly for his masterful songwriting/guitar work with The Blasters, X, and on his own, Alvin writes poems and stories of backwoods blues, midnight diners, and the kings of California. "Alvin's poems are naked depictions of lonely souls, dreamers, losers, heroes, and villains. A powerful overview of his literary vision". -- L.A. Reader
Paperback, 161 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Incommunicado Press
(first published January 1996)
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As a fan of Dave Alvin's music, I was curious to read this book of his poetry and writings, but I was concerned it would simply read like song lyrics. I needn't have worried. These poems and stories touch on a lot of the themes found in his songs - difficult relationships, the collision of cultures in California, traveling, love gone bad, loneliness, his love of music, and his longing for things not to change - but he does have a strong poetic voice and a strong sense for the written word. It re ...more