Rock Star Poet is a book of poetry written by Jed Gustafson; found under poetry, modern poetry, contemporary poetry, & American poetry.
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Rock Star Poet Volume II is Here
The Rock Star Poet series continues
as artist & author Jed Gustafson releases
Volume II: Soul On The Edge. Introduced in
2004, the first installment titled 'Rock Star Poet'
has had a warm reception since its publication
in early 2006. Gustafson continues to examine
life at its basic and other times convoluted
stages. Different poems seem to dance with
issues that can either make or break our
lives depending on what we give up
and what we take in. Order your copy now!
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We have released video of past performances and readings from venues ranging from The Cricket on The Hill to The Boulder Bookstore. Thanks for all the emails and comments on the first book and live appearances. Stay tuned for new updates!
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Footage from the Rock Star Poet book reading and signing at The Boulder Book Store on September 18th, 2007. The poem featured in this video is titled Old Dam.
Rock Star Poet blog entry - 3/3/2010
Rock Star Poet author performs with Eddie Mac
Yes folks, in the small town of Hamburg, Minnesota I was lucky enough to play a set with the new lineup of Eddie Mac. This Rock Star Poet performance was forged by a reunion with former Crazed Individual co-founder, vocalist, and guitarist, Jimmy Baker; who now plays with Eddie Mac. Crazed Individuals played countless shows with Eddie Mac over the years, on tour paths stretching over several states of this great country.
For more than 10 years, Eddie Mac has rocked from coast to coast, leaving jaws on the floors of bars in nearly every state in this nation. With three albums, an award-winning single and a YouTube video burning up the internet, Eddie Mac just keeps getting stronger.
Even though this was a modest gig in a small town, we really rocked the place and I had a lot of fun. It had been quite a while since my last performance, and it was great to get out there with old friends. The crowd showed great enthusiasm and awarded me an honorary pork chop from the meat raffle in their appreciation! You gotta love Minnesota dont'cha know!
I want to thank Chris J for letting me sit in with the band that night, Andy McClure for lending me his bass and microphone for a few songs, and of course Jimmy Baker for inviting me out and shredding that guitar!
Cheers to all! Until next time everybody... Stay tuned for more Rock Star Poet news!
Thanks again to all of you who continue support the cause and I look forward to releasing number 2 in the Rock Star Poet series. See you in the streets soon!
Rock Star Poet has been selling out of The Boulder Book Store and both locations of The Tattered Cover in Denver. Go get your copy while the first edition is still available!
DMB's review of Rock Star Poet, enjoy!
The Denver Message Board (Now Denver Music Board)
Book Review - Rock Star Poet
1/29/07 by Dusty Willis
Jed Gustafson is the owner/operator of RockDenver.com, he's a booking agent/promoter, and a singer/bass player. Now he's also a published author. He recently wrote a book of poetry called Rock Star Poet that's available at The Tattered Cover and The Boulder Book Store.
Arnold Adoff once said "I really want a poem to sprout roses and spit bullets; this is the ideal combination..." and this is what Jed Gustafson's poems did for me as I unfolded the pages and let loose its meaning. Rock Star Poet invites you to examine life at its basic and other times convoluted stages. At times I felt as if I was swept up in circus revelry, images and connotations looming into my mind's view, almost leering and jeering, cajoling my spirit to run away with its crew of carnies. Other times, Gustafson's words seemed to call softly out to me, like sirens, beckoning my emotions to follow them until they crashed upon the rocks of reality. In either sense, Gustafson's Rock Star Poet was a lyrical piece in which the different poems seemed to dance with issues that can either make or break our lives, depending on what we give up and that which we take in: love, loss, innocence gone, sex, the darkness that consumes our minds and tries to control our spirits.it's all in there.
"Lying bedridden, staring at the walls,
the mind is taking you places
you don't want to go.
Shhh, do you hear the voices,
The voices of creatures that dance before my bed,
Reminding me of things that I once did."
(from "Four White Walls In A Little Black Room")
The magical thing about good poetry is that it resembles life, changing and evolving, sometimes contorting in front of your eyes; as you read it the second time, you realize the words are speaking to a different part of your soul, a different experience, like a therapist, bringing out secret experiences you might have hidden long ago, you read on and emphatically mutter, "been there too!" Rock Star Poet presented this precise piece, titled "Old Dam" whose atmosphere was that of uncertainty, recognition, and then understanding of the self. Upon reading, I would flashback upon similar experiences and familiar feelings for I have too (as many of you) felt like, "Occasionally a drop gets through, now and then, a couple at a time. Some of the time she owns me, and sometimes she is mine."
Jed Gustafson invites you for a ride in Rock Star Poet. I suggest you take it and let it entice the eyes and invite the ears, in the end, he opens the exchange of information that reinforces the transformation of the human spirit, life, and the way in which we grow, reflecting upon those instances, those emotions, that make us who we are.
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Buy your copy of Jed Gustafson's Rock Star Poet and own something that sprouts roses and spits bullets. Available online or if you are in the Colorado area you can pick up a copy at The Boulder Bookstore - 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO & The Tattered Cover Bookstore - 2 Locations - 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO & 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver,CO
It's like a Jack Kerouac and Jim Morrison sandwich with Hunter S. Thompson and Allen Ginsberg in the middle smeared with Lord Byron and Edgar Allen Poe; and topped off with a generous dash of Arthur Rimbaud. You need to read this book!
Rock Star Poet author, Jed Gustafson, is committed to bring poetry back to the masses and into the hands of today's generation.
Stay tuned for new poems, commentary, audio and video readings, plus more... Be the rock star and the poet on the web. If you have audio or video of yourself reading poetry please contact me about posting it on www.rockstarpoet.com. I am building a community of artists who are interested in bringing poetry to the world.
I am committed to making poetry more accessible to everyone around the globe and further the relationship between performance and the spoken word. The struggle for knowledge and truth, never ends...
Rock Star Poet gives an uncommon voice to the commonplace and explores and explodes the oft-times narrow gap between the abject and the exalted...