Three things I love about this promo poster
sent by the good folks in HOUSTON, TX
for the show at Alley Theater NOVEMBER 21st:
1) Ed Mabrey’s name and my name are in quotes,
an apparent challenge to whether or not we are real.
2) The photo of me looks like a
strangely-timed still shot taken from the
party scene in Almost Famous where Russell yells,
“I am a golden god!” from the rooftop
before saying “…and you can tell Rolling Stone
Magazine that my last words… were…
I’M ON DRUGS!” before jumping into the pool below.
3) HOUSTON!! ALLEY THEATER!! ED!!
DUDE ON RIGHT, LET’S DO THIS!!!
Sincerely stoked for the hometown show, y’all.
Check out this kind gesture from my
publisher on the spine of my new book, Stunt Water.
Quite a surprise.
It’s an excerpt from a promo quote,
and a gift to me,
not a grandiose self-declaration.
It’s also a limited edition available
only via www.buddywakefield.com/merchandise
until first-run stock is out.
If you were of the pre-orders
it’s on its way by Monday.
Hey Hey! Stanley Chow,
who did the first illustration
in my new book Stunt Water,
just made the cover of New York Times Magazine.
Stanley had this to say about Trump:
“He’s going to be well pleased
that it’s a Chinese lad from Manchester
illustrating his face…”
Stoked for you, Stan.
Today is the release of STUNT WATER (!!!)
Edited by Jeremy Radin.
Foreword by Andrea Gibson.
Published by Write Bloody.
*If you pre-ordered via www.buddywakefield.com/merchandise before today expect your signed copy within two weeks. Thanks for your patience. Papa’s got a lot to sign, and I like to personalize’m, not just slap my name on it.
“A Little Ditty Called Happiness”
is the last song on the CD, Run On Anything.
The outro is a carnival of harmonica
recorded by this man, Buddy Wakefield.
He called me “West Coast Buddy.”
I called him “East Coast.”
We were both from Texas.
I’d found him on Google once
when I was seeing if there were any other
Buddy Wakefields. He was excited
and would send me family photos
of large bands of musicians from the early 1900’s,
posed together, all Wakefields. We were not related.
“Everyone knew Buddy as the ‘Harmonica Man.’ Over the years, he gave away more than 6,000 harmonicas. He taught harmonica to youth and adults alike to help improve breathing problems. He started “Better Breathers” support groups in several hospitals in the area and surrounding states. This program spread across the U.S. and to several countries around the world.” (click for full article)
East Coast Buddy Wakefield started Better Breathers.
I am completely in love with that.
Tonight I walked to get strawberry buttermilk
ice cream in a warm churro sandwich
and saw the news of his passing come through on the phone.
While I’m sure thoughtful for his family at the moment
I cannot help but smile a little,
same way I smiled when S.N. Goenka passed.
Downright warm, delightful and ready men.
When I started writing these things down
I had no idea they’d stick.
Now that all my poetry books are out of print
except for the collection being released tomorrow, Stunt Water is the closest thing I have to a tattoo. Stunt Water The Buddy Wakefield Reader (1991-2011). Edited by Jeremy Radin Foreword by Andrea Gibson “Created from his first three books of poetry,
which are now out of print,
Stunt Water offers…a comprehensive look
at the pivotal works of Buddy Wakefield.” Includes the previously unpublished poem ‘Disclaimer.'” Pre-order by tomorrow (Oct. 1st) at noon for a signed copy.
Mom, I swear I did not encourage anyone to get a tattoo.
September 29, 2015
Had to pull some pretty serious
strings along the way to
get the new book published.
It’s called STUNT WATER.
If you pre-order by October 1st via www.buddywakefield.com/merchandise at least one person in that bed
will sign it.
Get in on this.