Published: 28/01/2015
ISBN: 9781784621100
Format: Paperback

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James Vollmar was born in Northamptonshire in 1952 and attended local grammar school and London University. He had a variety of jobs before becoming a professional writer, including clerical officer w... read more

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Juke Box Karma
One writer's search for something real
by James Vollmar

Juke Box Karma: One writer's search for something real is ‘a search for meaning by a writer coming of age at a time when this elusive prize seemed the object most worthy of pursuit...’

Follow poet, playwright and screenwriter James Vollmar as he shares his journey from the small Northamptonshire town of his childhood through the black-and-white world of radio request shows, early TV and seaside holidays in 1960’s Cromer, with its magical juke box, to the colour, chaos and cultural ferment of 1970’s London and beyond.

In the wake of the deaths of both his parents, and drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, the Beatles, William Blake and Ken Dodd, Vollmar explores a philosophical landscape of religion, politics, rationalism and alternative culture in search of ‘something real’.

Blending personal memoir and cultural commentary with philosophical enquiry, Juke Box Karma: One writer's search for something real is a journey in every sense of the word and will appeal to all interested in the culture of the 1960s and 1970s.

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On June 5th James appeared at the Jarrolds Spring Literary Lunch in Cromer Norfolk. He shared a reading with Patrick Barkham author of 'Coastlines'

On June 16th James read extracts from 'Juke Box Karma' at the grave of Lucia, James Joyce's daughter, in Kingsthorpe Cemetery Northampton as part of the annual Bloomsday Celebrations. Also appearing were Peter Mulligan, Gerry Molumby and Sean Cannon of the Dubliners.

On July 29th James was guest speaker at a Thrapston and Raunds Rotary Club dinner.

On August 3rd James read at a Literary Lunch at St James Church Centre Mere Green Sutton Coldfield.

A book club in Rendlesham Suffolk chose 'Juke Box Karma' as its October selection and James visited them for a reading and discussion on November 1st.

James signed copies of 'Juke Box Karma' and 'Peacetime' at the Oundle Bookshop Northants on Saturday December 12th.

2016 has been a quieter year for events with James very busy on various film projects including a screen adaptation of 'Juke Box Karma'. He is also adapting the book as a stage show.

Meanwhile reader responses have been much appreciated:-

'Not only a hugely engaging book but also an important one. I loved its spirit of restless enquiry, its sharply drawn vignettes of place and time and those coruscating tirades against the empty trashiness of much which prevails. Those latter seemed to me to have the near-biblical cadences of a zealous old testament prophet or D.H Lawrence astride one of his favourite hobby-horses..'

Paul Ward Poet, playwright, director: Arundel Festival & Christ's Hospital School

'I thoroughly enjoyed 'Juke Box Karma' with its wide-ranging remit both autobiographical and philosophical. Provides much to discuss'

David Braine Musician/composer

'An absolute joy... the writing is hugely enjoyable and evocative'

Michael G.Davies Writer/critic/composer

On June 11th 2017 from 3.30 to 4.30 James will be appearing at the Earls Barton Literary Festival in Northamptonshire.

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