Early reviews suggest Otherworld Cottage published another winner with Travis Pike's new memoir, "1964-1974: A Decade of Odd Tales and Wonders"
January 10, 2019 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsThe first galley review for Pike's "1964-1974 A Decade of Odd Tales and Wonders" appeared online in the U.K. on Andy Pearson's "Fear and Loathing Fanzine," reporting that "[Pike] may not be the best known name from the Beat music era of the Sixties, but his tale is unique, intriguing and very well-told …" and concludes, "I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with a real interest in Beat music and great stories!" Click on the link above to read a complete pdf reproduction of that review or visit fearandloathingfanzine.com.
Lenny Helsing posted a review of Pike's new book in the Winter 2018 issue of "Ugly Things" magazine, in which he submitted, "Travis' '60s story plays out with a superb run of home gigs by Travis Pike's Tea Party, before a move to California proved their undoing. The group's hopelessly obscure 45 "If I Didn't Love You Girl" would be rediscovered in the late 1980s through the "Sixties Rebellion" and "Tougher Than Stains" garage compilations, and is proving popular once more through the London mod scene … Odd Tales is a thorough exploration of Travis' world in the '60s, and beyond. It's a dramatic, fun and dynamic reflection detailed through narrative, poetry, rhyme and the many lyrics included."
In the February 2019 issue of "Goldmine" Magazine, Lee Zimmerman's Four-Star review reports "[Pike's] name and reputation may still reside below the surface of general public awareness, but … he's created a veritable cottage industry consisting of numerous albums, books and other output reflecting his prodigious talents as a singer, songwriter and storyteller … It is, in every sense, a remarkable reservoir of craft and creativity."
In the book review section of U.K.'s "Shindig!" magazine's January 2019 issue, Lenny Helsing submitted a Four-Star review stating, "If unfamiliar with the adventures of Travis Pike, now is your chance to read up on who, what and why … Pike's legend is solidified by some unbelievable YouTube footage where he and the Brattle Street East are playing their hearts out … in 1966 Boston, performing the insanely cool, "Watch Out Woman," and concluded "Hundreds of photos and other promotional images accompany the text, plus lyrics and a superb Harvey Kubernik interview which illuminates further Pike's ongoing journey. A Fascinating read."
And speaking of Harvey Kubernik, Glendale, California-based "Record Collector News" in its December – January issue featuring Kubernik's article on "The Beatles The White Album," also posted, in an Unsung Musicians section, his article titled, "Travis Pike: Renaissance Man," introducing Travis Pike and his new book, to that periodical's readers.
Kubernik, in his December 19, 2018 "Cave Hollywood" article on Travis Pike wrote, "I have worked with Travis Pike on my books chronicling The Beatles and The Doors, and he oversaw the layout and design of "Inside Cave Hollywood. The Harvey Kubernik Music InnerViews and InterViews Collection VOL 1," published by "Cave Hollywood." Now he's published "1964 – 1974: A Decade of Odd Tales and Wonders," a revised and much expanded memoir of the first ten years of his prodigious and prolific career in music. Having pulled together the Afterword to this new book, I can tell you it's a deeper exploration of that era, with many more visuals and artifacts - and I should know. I pulled together the Introduction to his 2013 memoir, "Odd Tales and Wonders: 1964-1974, A Decade of Performance" (no longer in print).
For Harvey Kubernik fans, on January 13, 2019 cavehollywood.com will proudly present Kubernik 's 10,000 word multi-voice narrative story on Johnny Cash. To stay up-to-date on Harvey's properties, visit Kubernik's Korner regularly.
Pike's "1964-1974: A Decade of Odd Tales and Wonders" is available in Trade Paperback, online and download versions on Amazon.com.