Wong Lip Kee, Markiza and Peter playing at ECO Film Festival
Tuesday June 6
<>LAUNCH OF STRINGS a novel by Peter G. Brown
Self-published by Xlibris this novel has several drawbacks: first it is rather long, over 800 pages! This is because it is rather self-indulgent writing, but hopefully historically accurate as it is set 50 years ago in 1967. Anyone who was alive in this year will know that it was a famous year of changes in Western society where things got a lot more liberal to the extent of being libertarian. How the main character - indeed all the characters deal with this new-found "freedom" is the stuff of the narrative. It deals with the inner and outer life of the young men and women in the foreground, who are musicians and their girlfriends. I suppose it is heavily influenced by the "stream of consciousness" style of authors such as Proust, Virginia Woolf, Malcolm Lowry, as well as Thomas Mann, D.H.Lawrence, Herman Hesse and Dostoevsky Not the sort of stuff any publisher worth his business would ever publish today. Yes, editors, you will HATE this book
Tuesday 6 June, 9 pm, Gaslights Café & Music, Unit 15-2, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, (above Neroteca Restaurant) Kuala Lumpur. Free admission (no transparent collection jar) some food provided. Drinks sold at the counter
Strings available from Silverfish
2, Kuala Lumpur (so far) or as an e-book (click
link above) much
than the physical version, but if you
like to turn pages then a copy is priced at RM60 (which
is half-price) but bring a bag as it is quite
Songs to fit the time by Markiza & Peter, and others if they want to come and do an open mic - songs preferably late sixties and early seventies (or your originals) - just turn up (by 8.30) and play (from 9 - 10 pm)<>
Then the author will read an excerpt from his work and a spiel and answer questions about the Grande Oeuvre... and the historical background>
The story line: it is 6th June 1967. Feeling depressed in the aftermath of his final exams at the University of the South Coast, UK, Colin Ogilvie goes to the Union Bar and buys a beer. There he gets into a discussion about the 6 day War between Israel & the Arab countries which has just begun, which side will win. Colin fears this conflict might lead to a nuclear war between the US and Russia.
After walking in some fields nearby, brooding about his problematic relationship with his girlfriend, he goes back to the university and this time meets up with Simon Neilson who is playing the piano in a music room. Simon is the lead guitarist of probably the University's best student band. Colin is a classical violinist so they have something to talk about. They go back by train to the city and this leads to an extraordinary adventure which changes the course of his life.
A message from the author: I have always been a literary dreamer, and this is finally the product of my dreams. It has taken a long time to create from its rough draft beginning in 1985 through the transfer to the computer and editing from 2006-2012. Then another period when I had to go through the text and thoroughly put right all the little and not so little errors. That finally ended at the end of last year (2016). It was the most horrifying and tedious period. Also thanks to the helpful ladies in Xlibris for assisting me and giving me a prod every so often to do what I had to do, filling in correction forms etc. The novel is as long as it is because I include the thoughts, feelings, apprehensions and excitements of the characters as the narrative proceeds. Most modern novels just record the dialogue and essential descriptive details, assuming the reader can pick up on the inner feelings and reactions of the characters as the story unfolds. Maybe I repeat myself but that might be necessary to remind the reader of past incidents and experience. That's my defence...
PLEASE COME AND ENJOY AN EVENING OF NOSTALGIA, CURIOSITY AND A BIT OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
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the new Green singles from Soft Touch
SOFT TOUCH from left to right: Wong Lip Kee, Markiza & Peter at Palate Palette, Kuala Lumpur
All are now up on the site!
Hear/download for FREE Peter Brown's first album YOUNG & FOOLISH - all 10 tracks. Recorded in 1979 on 4-track analogue tape, digitally remastered 2002, this album was put together from 3 demo tapes of 11 songs. click HERE to listen/download. Same for next 2 albums, later digitally remastered. WARM
was recorded on Alesis Adat using HR video
tape, mixed and mastered digitally.
WILD PLACE IN THE SUN, PB's second album recorded live on 4 track half inch tape and mixed down to quarter inch (1981, digitally remastered 2002) now THERE for you to listen and freely download tracks.
The Searcher & Warm
All four albums are now up on site. To see the albums and read the lyrics go to www.lemang.com and click on "Peter Brown" on the bar beneath the main picture on the index page.
ARCHIVES ... still being worked on
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See us performing at Mer10th Annivesary Show Jan 2003
Lemang Music ten-year anniversary show...
20th Anniversary show April 2013
coming soon with pics and report
Acoustic Jam 15 Jan 2008
Acoustic Jam shows: July 2001 to Jan 2008
featuring many fine young local artists