Friday, September 2, 2011

Buddy Holly and Detroit

Is it a coincidence that the best songs on "Rave On," the Starbucks tribute album to Buddy Holly, have Detroit connections?

With some exceptions (see Nick Lowe), the other covers on the album range from the forgettable to the lamentable to the execrable. In the latter category put the disappointing Paul McCartney and Modest Mouse contributions.

Maybe Detroit musicians are better able to capture Holly's roots-rock authenticity.

This includes "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," by Karen Elson, produced by Jack White. It includes "Well All Right" by Kid Rock. It includes "Words of Love" by Patti Smith, who lived for many years in the Detroit area. Best of all is "Heartbeat" by the Detroit Cobras, the best rock n' roll band-- and best kept secret-- on the planet.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Detroit E-Book

Three of my best-ever stories which in some way are about or take place in Detroit, are now available via the ebook, Mood Detroit.

The three long tales are:
-"Kevin and Koreena"
-"The Zeen Writer"

You'll find none better. Each one carries Detroit mood and soul.

They're available right now as a Nook Book at, and very soon at the Kindle Store at

Mood Detroit by King Wenclas. At a ridiculously low Detroit price. Purchase it now!