Freakshow Books Presents:


Celebrating the release of
Two Performance Artists
Kidnap Their Boss a
nd Do Things With Him 

Author and performance artist Scotch Wichmann
presents and performs LIVE at Gatsby Books

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SCOTCH WICHMANN is a writer, performance artist, and comedian whose madcap riffs about his trailerpark childhood, neurotic delusions, and Hollywood obsessions spurred the San Francisco Chronicle to describe his work as like "eating and snorting [drugs]...then freebasing...then reaching for the turkey baster." A two-time finalist in Northern California's largest comedy competition, he's been a regular feature and host at comedy clubs across the country, keeping audiences rolling before national headliners like Bill Burr, Barry Sobel, Laurie Kilmartin, Eddie Brill, and many more.

His live work continues to be featured at galleries, art venues, and fringe festivals around the world. He’s also a member of Wet The Hippo, a performance troupe nominated for Best Comedy and Best Stunt at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Wounds to Bind Book Launch Party and Singalong!

Book Launch Party and Singalong!
Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution

Authors Jerry and Alan will be at Gatsby Books in Long Beach to discuss and sign Wounds to Bind, with iconic songs performed by the authors and friends.

Sat. April 19th @ 3 PM

The birth of folk rock comes to life in Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution, Jerry Burgan’s unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s. As a naive folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan would find himself thrust in his teenage years to the forefront of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, The Ohio Players, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman’s Hermits, Judy Henske, Barry McGuire, and the Kingston Trio all make appearances in this tale told by the cofounder of We Five, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble that soared to the top of the charts with its recording of the million-selling "You Were On My Mind."

In the vanguard of what came to be known as folk rock, Burgan and his lifelong friend Mike Stewart embarked on a road they thought well paved by the latter’s older brother and Kingston Trio member, John Stewart. Little did Burgan realize that they would join the rest of their generation in an ecstatic, sometimes tortured journey of invention and disillusion.

With a foreword by Canadian folk legend Sylvia Tyson, Wounds to Bind will reward not only folk revival fans and aficionados of the counterculture music scene, but anyone who came of age musically between 1950 and 1975. Burgan’s story bears witness to an eclectic and hopeful convergence in American history—that missing link between the folk and rock eras—when Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis, Jr., were played on the same radio station in the same hour. Chronicling the human realignments, triumphs and tragedies that followed, Burgan tracks down the demons that drove the genius of We Five cofounder Mike Stewart and sheds light on the forty-year enigma of what became of We Five's reclusive lead singer, Beverly Bivens, who anticipated Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks.

Bank Heavy Every Last Thursday

Bank Heavy Press Variety Show
Poetry Open Mic  -- Every Last Thursday

Thurs. April 24th @ 7 PM

Come to the best poetry open mic This side of Beyond Baroque!  Arrive early if you want to get on the list... Stay late because you won't want to leave.

Meet NYT Best-Selling Author Alan C. Fox

Meet Alan C. Fox
Author of the New York Times Bestselling Business Book;

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity

Sunday April 27th @ 12 Noon



Getting along well with others is the real secret to success and happiness. In tens of thousands of classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and yet we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is painful and the error is costly.

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity, provides time-proven techniques that you can use to build a better, happier, more successful life. It is the perfect resource for busy people looking for fast and effective solutions to the challenges we face every day.

"People Tools" are practical and easy to understand. From developing self-confidence, to improving communication skills, to finding constructive ways to resolve conflict, each "People Tool" addresses a specific issue and provides a simple, straightforward strategy that you can adopt to bring about a positive result. Open the book to any page and you will find a useful solution. Each tool is illustrated with insightful stories and amusing anecdotes that are relevant and relatable. The stories will reel you in but the advice will change your life.   

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About the Author

Alan C. Fox has achieved tremendous success in his professional and personal life. He has university degrees in accounting, law, education, and writing. His real estate company manages more than $1.5 Billion of commercial property in 11 states and he is the founder, editor, and publisher of the award winning and highly esteemed "Rattle" poetry journal. He has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations including The Hermes Foundation and The Center for Healing Arts.