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Angel's Flight ❮EPUB❯ ✰ Angel's Flight Author Lou Cameron – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk One thing you had to say for Johnny Angel, he didn t do anything halfway When he decided at an early age to become a louse, he didn t settle for being an ordinary one He had a genius for itAnd he used One thing you had to say for Johnny Angel, he didn t do anything halfway When he decided at an early age to become a louse, he didn t settle for being an ordinary one He had a genius for itAnd he used that genius all the way up the long dirty climb from two bit drummer in a mixed band to Top Cat of America s pop music empire and God help any man or woman who got in his wayGEL S FLIGHT is a rich, authentic, inside story of what it takes to make it big in the world of juke boxes, the supper clubs and the rock and roll TV bandstands.


10 thoughts on “Angel's Flight

  1. Still Still says:

    This book was originally published in 1960 by Gold Medal.It features a be bop, hep cat, gone daddy gone first person narrative.Our narrator is a jazz musician a bass player keeping the rhythm somewhere close to the ground and the episodic tale of woe he has to unload unfolds over two and a half decades and twice as many variants of Jazz, from Trad to Bop and beyond.As paperback original noir thrillers go, this one is an epic with a cast of thousands and a dash of the macabre. A lot of jaz This book was originally published in 1960 by Gold Medal.It features a be bop, hep cat, gone daddy gone first person narrative.Our narrator is a jazz musician a bass player keeping the rhythm somewhere close to the ground and the episodic tale of woe he has to unload unfolds over two and a half decades and twice as many variants of Jazz, from Trad to Bop and beyond.As paperback original noir thrillers go, this one is an epic with a cast of thousands and a dash of the macabre. A lot of jazz men won t admit it, but a classical background never hurt a guy s style none A lot has been made of the African rhythm and blues tonality elements of jazz But without European atonated melody, Dad, all you ve got is a lot of cats beating on hollow logs This was Lou Cameron s 1st novel He would go on to write hundredsnovels He created the long running Longarm Western series of paperback originals under the house name Tabor Evans. I don t know if it s fair to blame my joining up on the girl with the lavender eyes I guess I d have gotten into the war sooner or later anyways Just about everybody didIf you were around at the time, you know about the war If you weren t, you might look through about two hundred back issues of Life, or read Tolstoy He said everything there is to say about war and this is a story about musicSo smoke a cigarette or something while you picture the time lapse and join me along about the spring of 46 in the rest room that used to be under Duffy Square If you re intending to read the Black Gat edition from Stark House Press, please don t read Gary Lovisi s excellent introduction until you ve finished the novel


  2. Evan Lewis Evan Lewis says:

    This book was doubly hard to put down Not only is the story compelling, but the language is so lively you re anxious to see what surprises the next paragraph will bring It s sort of like Dashiell Hammett on steroids, except the focus is not on crime, but on the jazz scene of the 40s and 50s.A Gold Medal original back in 1960, it s been out of print ever since Until now The book I read was a cool new edition from Black Gat Books, a new line of mass market paperbacks from Stark House Press This book was doubly hard to put down Not only is the story compelling, but the language is so lively you re anxious to see what surprises the next paragraph will bring It s sort of like Dashiell Hammett on steroids, except the focus is not on crime, but on the jazz scene of the 40s and 50s.A Gold Medal original back in 1960, it s been out of print ever since Until now The book I read was a cool new edition from Black Gat Books, a new line of mass market paperbacks from Stark House Press And be advised this ain t your father s mass market pb The premium paper is bright white, and the book feels mighty substantial in your hand Our hero for this one is Ben Parker, a bass player striving to make his way in the music business without selling his soul to the devil or the mob On the flip side is one of the most purely evil dudes you ll meet anywhere in fiction a psychopath who calls himself Johnny Angel Near the end of the book, Angel boasts that the only crimes he has yet to commit are incest and treason And he s not finished yet.Parker and Angel represent the two extremes of the music business Parker is a true talent, scrupulously honest and in it for the love of music Angel is a blood sucker, leeching off the talent of others and using every dirty trick imaginable to get rich and rise to the top.The title of the book comes from a fictional song stolen by Johnny Angel, natch and named after the two block long railway that ran up and down L.A s Bunker Hill While reading the book, I saw a news report that the railway, closed for safety reasons in 2013, would soon be back in service Cool.The novel follows Ben Parker s career as a player, a band leader and record producer At almost every turn, Johnny Angel rears his ugly head, performing new acts of infamy Along the way, we meet torch singers, composers, drug addicts, mob thugs, movie producers, dirty deejays and an artists model who can t her clothes on We also get inside looks at the evils of payola, the birth and death of bop and the difference between hipsters and beatniks.Like me, Cameron is a fan of pop culture, and the book is peppered with references to such icons as Dick Tracy, Tom Mix, Jimmy Durante, Raymond Chandler, G 8 and his Battle Aces, Hopalong Cassidy, Lon Chaney, Tinker Bell, Elvis the Pelvis, Buck Jones, Jack Benny, Little Orphan Annie and the Wizard of Oz It s a blast, inways than one.In the background, sort of on the edge of consciousness, World War II begins and ends and things heat up in Korea Ben Parker does his part, and sums it up in four paragraphs I don t know if it s fair to blame my joining up on the girl with the lavender eyes I guess I d have gone into the war sooner or later anyways Just about everybody did If you were around at that time you know about the war If you weren t, you might look through about two hundred issues of Life, or read Tolstoy He said everything there is to say about war and this is a story about the music field So smoke a cigarette or something while you picture the time lapse and join me along about the spring of 46 in the rest room that used to be under Duffy Square The world was oncesafe for democracy, the American way of life, the girl next door and Mom s blueberry pie I d changed my ODs for a new set of blue threads and the only way you could tell Benny Parker had been away was that I d traded my left knee cap for a brand new silver plate, and three or four gray hairs were sprouting over each ear.Angel s Flight was Lou Cameron s first novel, and I was pleased to learn he wrote manysome thrillers, some westerns and some movie tie ins Among those I look forward to checking out are the first in the Longarm series he went on to pen about fifty of them , the Stringer western series, and all thirty six books of the Renegade western series as by Ramsay Thorne I have a lot of reading to do


  3. Tom Simon Tom Simon says:

    Book Review Angel s Flight by Lou CameronBefore his 2010 death, Lou Cameron was the author of over 300 genre novels He was a post war pulpster who specialized in tawdry action stories with tightly wound plots Think Longarm Think Renegade Lou Cameron knew his way around a standard story arc This fact is what makes Cameron s 1960 debut novel, Angel s Flight, such a delightful curiosity Although it was released as a Gold Medal crime novel and was recently re released by Black Gat Books t Book Review Angel s Flight by Lou CameronBefore his 2010 death, Lou Cameron was the author of over 300 genre novels He was a post war pulpster who specialized in tawdry action stories with tightly wound plots Think Longarm Think Renegade Lou Cameron knew his way around a standard story arc This fact is what makes Cameron s 1960 debut novel, Angel s Flight, such a delightful curiosity Although it was released as a Gold Medal crime novel and was recently re released by Black Gat Books the story captures the tone and scope of literary fiction Yes, it seems Lou Cameron started out aspiring to be serious author writing a serious book And it worked Although Angel s Flight is a lean 233 pages, the story spans about 17 years time between 1939 and 1956 from the Jazzy Great Depression to the dawn of Rock n Roll Our guide through this era is our narrator, an honest and earnest journeyman jazzman named Ben Parker Ben s narration is written in a be bop jazz lingo that was later adopted by James Ellroy in American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand The prose sings throughout the readable novel Parker s foil is the vapid and conniving fellow jazzman, Johnny Angel, whose ambition for success well outpaces his musical talent Like many of the colorful characters in Parker s life, Angel comes and goes He starts out as an irritant and evolves into an existential threat Angel s Flight is a real masterpiece of storytelling that holds your attention even though there isn t much of a standard story arc It feels like the literary equivalent of a Martin Scorsese movie like Goodfellas or Wolf of Wall Street that tracks a single character through the ups and downs of a remarkable life This storytelling approach is surprising coming from Lou Cameron, whose body of work relied on an economical approach to plotting Cameron s knack for creating colorful characters is on high display, and readers will come to adore Ben Parker and the women and friends who float in and out of his life Although the novel has murders, mafia, payola, and betrayals, it s doesn t feel like a normal Gold Medal crime novel It feelsweighty and significant like a story of the Jazz age that needed to be preserved because it captured an important era in America s cultural history To that end, Black Gat Books has done America a real favor by preserving this piece of important art Highly recommended


  4. Greg Greg says:

    Franky and Johnny were lovers, Oh Lordy how they could love.They swore to be true to each other, just as true as the stars above But Franky is a mulatto drummer in a jazz band and when Johnny, a tall blond kid in a cream sports jacketsharp and good looking , walks into a jazz bar, they can t take their eyes off each other Fireworks explode one guy wants the other guy s job There will be buckets of blood and heartaches to heaven in this 1960 s noir masterpiece.Book 44 Mid 20th Century Franky and Johnny were lovers, Oh Lordy how they could love.They swore to be true to each other, just as true as the stars above But Franky is a mulatto drummer in a jazz band and when Johnny, a tall blond kid in a cream sports jacketsharp and good looking , walks into a jazz bar, they can t take their eyes off each other Fireworks explode one guy wants the other guy s job There will be buckets of blood and heartaches to heaven in this 1960 s noir masterpiece.Book 44 Mid 20th Century American Crime ReadathonHook 4 stars First time I ever saw Johnny Angel was way back in 1939 A.D when I was still blowing bass with Daddy Halloway and his Hot Babies If you know and love music, this one is for you If not, you may not be hooked instantly Pace 5 The music changes jazz, progressive jazz, be bop, RB,etc page by page as does the plot Non stop action Plot 5 See, Franky and Johnny they was loversand thenwell, this is one explosive story.People 5 Daddy Franky the Drum Tommy the Axe So many .Place 4 Most of the action takes place in clubs and recording studios, with music as background If you can here the music, you ll be immersed, but you need to know a little bit about 12 to a bar , things like that You need to know jazz, jazz vocals vs rock vocals, recording methodologies, etc If you don t, you ll lose a bit of the atmosphere This one is written for music lovers.Summary 4.6 This is a masterpiece for music lovers noir readers It s a better book about music than about crime, though Still, it s great entertainment


  5. John Marr John Marr says:

    Contrary what some people say, this is not a super grim bop noir the protagonist is a trad mainstream bassist but a jazz take on What Makes Sammy Run Somewhat rambling and episodic, but the these defects arethan compensated for by brisk pacing, a vividly realized mid century music background heroin Strike Payola , and concision no doubt due to the original publisher s Gold Medal constraints Recommended.


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