April, 2021: My book Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock from University Press of Florida, has won a State of Florida Book Award (bronze medal in nonfiction)! Thanks to all who made it happen, especially the good folks at UPF.
Oct. 28, 2020: My latest book, Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock from University Press of Florida, is doing quite well. I have conducted several television and radio interviews, including one with Melissa Ross on First Coast Connect, as well as in-store readings and book signings. Also did a presentation at the Fernandina Beach Rotary. We’ve sold out at a couple of stores. I am also in discussion with some producers about turning the book into a documentary film.
Oct. 23, 2020: Nice story by Matt Soergel in the Florida Times-Union about Tom Markham and his record label. Shade Tree Records, who signed Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1969 and produced the band’s first six recordings, including the embryonic Free Bird. Tom is a great guy with great stories to tell. Nice mention of my latest book, Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock also. Thanks to Matt Soergel.
November 16, 2016: Just got finished wrapping up mastering for a 15-year Chain of Fools retrospective titled Punk Funk. The 12-song album comprises tracks recorded from 1980 through 1995; some have been revised and remixed. Most have previously been released except for two that have not been heard before. Punk Funk will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all the rest next week.
November 10, 2016: I will be returning to University of North Florida to teach Media Theory and Effects in the spring. I really enjoy this class, and it’s amazing how media-savvy my students are and how fast they pick this stuff up. They are all communication majors, so they are already very interested in how the media work.
June 2, 2015: An article I wrote for the Howard Journal of Communication, “Evolutionary Stages of Minorities in the Mass Media: An Application of Clark’s Model to American-Indian Television Representations”–which comprises the first chapter of my book Native Americans on Network TV–has gotten more than 10,000 hits on Academia.edu.
May 18, 2015: I will be returning to Flagler College in the fall to teach two sections of media literacy, one of my favorite courses. I had a lot of fun with it last term, and some of my students were outstanding. I will also be teaching media theory and effects at University of North Florida.
April 22, 2015: I am negotiating with a publisher about a book on Jacksonville’s rich musical legacy. There’s a good chance the book will tie in with a documentary film. You can read more here about the more than 100 signed artists from this area on my web site under the tab titled “North Florida Music Hall of Fame” (see above). Area music fans might also enjoy the story I wrote titled “Jacksonville Blues,” posted here under the tab “Stuff I’ve Written.” This story originally appeared in online journal Canopic Jar, later in Southern Fried. It also appears in my collection Mixed Metaphors, available from Lulu.com. To order a copy, go to tab above titled “Mixed Metaphors” then scroll down to the order link near the bottom of the page.
March 18, 2015: My editor at Rowman & Littlefied, Cynthia Miller, recently informed me that my book Native Americans on Network TV is the top seller in R&L’s Film & History series. Thanks, Cyn! Couldn’t have done it without ya.
March 13, 2015: Just got word that Sony is re-releasing the original Wrestling Album on its Legacy logo. It originally appeared on Epic in 1985. I have a song on the album titled “For Everybody.” The Wrestling Album sold about 400,000 units back in the day. I am hoping it will sell another 100,000 so I can have a gold record to hang on my wall.
March 1, 2015: Recently got a nibble from a major academic publisher for a revision of my master’s thesis, Sitcoms and Suburbia. Am working on a proposal. Fingers crossed.
August 1, 2014: My book Native Americans on Network TV, part of the Film & History series (from Rowman & Littlefield) headed by Cynthia Miller, has been picked up by 196 libraries worldwide thanks to a “recommended” review in CHOICE magazine. Thanks so much to Cynthia for believing in me. Please “like” the book’s Facebook page if you would be so kind. Available through all major book outlets.
June 20, 2014: A well-respected academic publisher is interested in my new book project, which will be a historical investigation of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. and how it served as a voluntary propaganda agency for the US government under executives Spyros Skouras and Darryl F. Zanuck. I have already placed a pilot version as an article in the prestigious Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television. Stay tuned for official announcement after contract is signed.
June 20, 2014: I will be teaching media literacy, one of my favorite topics, as well as public speaking at Flagler College in St. Augustine in the fall.
June 1, 2014: In 2005, Yoko Ono liked my article “Militarism: A Way of Life” (later reprinted in Utne Reader as “The Permanent War”) so much, she mentioned it in a speech she gave at Oxford University. Now she’s given it a page on her website along with a plug for my book Mixed Metaphors. I consider this a great honor because hers has always been one of the most dedicated and consistent voices for peace. I believe her agitation helped shut down the Vietnam War. John participated, but it was really her idea. See the article at http://imaginepeace.com/archives/20469
May 21, 2014: Gave a presentation at Clay County Writers, a very nice group headed by Maureen Jung. The topic was Journalism and Creative Non-fiction.
May 13, 2014: Yoko Ono tweeted about my book. https://twitter.com/yokoono/status/466288635294142465
January 1, 2014: My book Native Americans on Network TV is published by Rowman & Littlefield, available from Amazon.com and all other legitimate retailers. Also see page on Facebook.
Oct. 1, 2012: I recently garnered a contract from Scarecrow Press, a division of Rowman and Littlefield, to revise my doctoral thesis for publication as a trade book, due early 2014. I would very much like to thank Cynthia Miller, my series editor at Scarecrow, for this opportunity.
Sept. 28, 2012: Gave a presentation at the Film and History conference in Milwaukee, where I met several very interesting film and television historians. Milwaukee has a beautiful downtown area with a most impressive art museum.
June 6, 2012: I am booked to teach public speaking at Jacksonville University in the fall. I will also continue to teach Intro to Communications as well as public speaking at College of Coastal Georgia.
June 6, 2012: My forthcoming book, Mixed Metaphors, a selection of some of my most entertaining pieces from various publications for which I have written during the last 28 years, including Southern Cultures, Utne Reader, The Humanist, Free Inquiry, Southern Fried Magazine, Merge, Folio Weekly, and others, will be available through Lulu.com. It can also be ordered by mail via this web site (see link).
June 1, 2012: Joe Black and I recently finished a screenplay about some very crazy radio people in Jacksonville in the early 1960s. It’s loosely based on a story I wrote for Southern Cultures (Winter 2011). The title of the film is Ape Call, and it is under review by a Hollywood-based production company I am not at liberty to name. Black is the writer-director of indie films Doable, The Hatchet Sisters, and The Yellow Bellies.
May 9, 2012: I am very pleased to announce that on I was awarded the degree of PhD in film and media studies from University of Reading (UK). I would like to thank my advisors Drs. Jonathan Bignell and Simone Knox, along with my examiners Drs. Faye Woods and Stephen Neale, all of whose contributions were crucial. My doctoral thesis is titled “Superfink: The American Indian Enforcer Figure on US Network Television, 1949-2009.” It is an exhaustive study of Native Americans representations on television. It is currently under review by a major academic publisher which I am not at liberty to name at this point.