Troubador Juke Box Karma

Released: 28/01/2015

ISBN: 9781784621100

Format: Paperback

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Juke Box Karma

One writer's search for something real


Juke Box Karma 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 is a journey in every sense of the word and will appeal to all interested in the culture of the 1960s and 1970s.

Reader responses to 'Juke Box Karma' 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 12 October 2018 James gave a reading at Tortington Church Sussex as part of the South Downs Poetry Festival.

Confirmed readings by James Vollmar for 2019:-

9 June: Earl's Barton Literary Festival

Saturday 9 November: Moulton Literary Festival Northants. James reads from 12noon to 1pm.

Saturday 30 November from 10.30 James will be signing copies of his books at the Kenilworth Bookshop Talisman Square Kenilworth Warwickshire.

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A simple, useful guide. J an a writer and have more than the basic level of understanding but this book still had helpful and insightful tips that I have picked up and used. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an entry level text on the subject.

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James Vollmar

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 with the DHSS, petrol station cashier, van driver, courier and porter, and also spent a number of years in publishing. He began his writing career as a poet and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, anthologies and booklets. He is delighted that a representative selection of his poetry is now available in the Matador collection Peacetime .

James Vollmar's first play The Smallest Doll was produced in 1987 and his large scale community play The Kingdom of the Rose was seen in his home town of Higham Ferrers in 1995. He subsequently wrote two plays for Eastern Angles Ipswich - Crossroad Blues and The Last Laugh - and another for Forest Forge Hampshire GI Blues . His one act play Clearing the Colours was produced by Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough and another Timetable was seen at the Arundel Festival.

James has worked on a number of screenplays and several short films including Conference and Second Glance directed by Stacey Swift and Bittersweet with Russian director Alexander Bakshaev. A film adaptation of his one act play Timetable is now in post-production.

Having spent some years in London and Edinburgh James now lives in Northampton with his wife June. There he enjoys reading, cinema and playing his guitars. He lives within easy reach of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, of whom he is a keen fan, and well out of reach of the British literary and theatrical establishment, of whom he isn't. Given half a chance he and his wife will escape to the Norfolk or Dorset coasts.

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