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Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn

Greg Kihn is a rock star, seasoned radio host and author. Rubber Soul, his latest novel is inspired by intimate interviews that he conducted with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. Though Rubber Soul is fiction, as Greg says it is “100% historically accurate” and an candid glimpse of the phenomenon that is The Beatles.

Rubber Soul is a an innovation in the Rock Thriller genre, taking readers on a rollicking ride through The Beatles legacy from the early days in Liverpool to six sold out shows per night in Hamburg and full-fledged Beatlemania.

Dust Bin Bob runs into some lads from Liverpool at his second hand shop on Penny Lane. The lads: John, Paul, George and Ringo and Dust Bin Bob become firm friends, sharing vinyl that will spark a revolution. Murder, mystery and Beatlemania mayhem ensues—with the boys narrowly avoiding an international incident and an attempted assassination. It’s the ultimate Beatles story that could have happened!


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“There’s no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He’s the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book.” – Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple

“Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about the Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat.” – Ben Fong Torres

“Rubber Soul captures what Rock-n-Roll is all about – and Greg Kihn would certainly know! This nearly-true story of the Beatles is pure magic and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – Eddie Money

“Greg Kihn is the most compelling author who ever had a top five singing career. Rubber Soul is a fantastic story by Greg, with an historical back beat. I urge you not to miss this.” – Joan Jett

“I’m happy to report that Rubber Soul, the latest work by my pal Greg Kihn, has correct punctuation, complete sentences, even full paragraphs – some of the exact same literary devices that can be found in the greatest novels our culture has ever produced! It’s also written in English, which happens to be one of my very favorite languages.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

“While the RIAA may not be able to certify Kihn’s work with a gold disc, fans of Kihn and The Beatles, as well as those who long for the simpler yet magical time of the 1960’s will thoroughly enjoy and fall in love with Rubber Soul. They certainly don’t write ‘em like this anymore.” – Chris Shapiro, RetroPulse

gregAuthor Greg Kihn

NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man” and for good reason. As part of the eponymous band he has: toured the globe, had hit records, been inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame, opened for the Rolling Stones and jammed with Bruce Springsteen. You may have heard of his smash worldwide #1 hit “Jeopardy” and “The Breakup Song”, not to mention the parody written by Weird Al Yankovic.

Being a famous and successful rock star is only one part of the mosaic that is Greg’s story. In the 90s Greg poured his passion for lyrics into writing fiction—publishing four novels, one of which “Horror Show” was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

In this vein, Greg merged his love of writing with Rock and Roll and wrote “Rubber Soul”—a unique rock murder mystery featuring The Beatles. The inspiration for this novel came from Greg’s interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. In this way Greg gained exclusive access to the biggest band ever to exist. “Rubber Soul” is a work of fiction, but it is 100% historically accurate and a story that only rock veteran Greg Kihn could have written.

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If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would go back to Liverpool 1962 for the birth of the Beatles.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, Patrick Henry, and Abe Lincoln
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A Laptop, a shortwave radio, a copy of The Stand
What is one book everyone should read?
Gone South by Robert McCanon
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Charles Dickens
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Chilli cheese omlet
One food you would never eat?
Pickled Pigs Feet!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It is unlike anything you have read before and it will make you feel good!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Yes, I’m working on the Sequel to RUBBER SOUL right now.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
My father inspired me, he was a Shakespear scholar
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Being nominated for the Bram Stoker Award
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Elementary School- “The Space Ship In The Apple Tree” by Louis Slobotkin, highschool- Catcher in the Rye.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Jeopardy by the Greg Kihn Band
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t try too hard, don’t force it.
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
America after WWII.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I think Venus would be cool!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Walnut Creek, California
What is your favorite Quote?
Don’t sweat the small stuff
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be a musician.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes, Dust Bin Bob in RUBBER SOUL
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
The Vampire Jesus! ?Yikes!
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Tom Sawyer because it is the great American novel
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A New Corvette
Which authors have influence you most how?
Stephen King, Dan Simmons, Robert McCammon, I love horror!
What do you do in your free time?
Raise Praying Mantises.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
What is your guilty pleasure?
SPORTS- baseball and Football
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
The Sopranos
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Godfather
Favorite places to travel?
Favorite music?
Rock and roll!
Favorite smell?
Skunk weed


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