This Week’s Giveaway: Has Your Life Been Changed by a Rock Musician?

Jim_Morrison_mug_shot_1970Erin Reardon, in Leaving the Beach, is heavily influenced by rock & roll icons. If you’ve read the book, you might argue that David Bowie has the biggest influence on her life. Others might disagree, saying it’s Bruce Springsteen, while still others might go with Elvis Costello or Freddie Mercury. Certainly, each of these musicians makes a mark on Erin, and inspires her to change her life in one way or another.

In my opinion, however, Erin is most heavily influenced by Jim Morrison of the Doors (pictured above, after his arrest for allegedly exposing himself in Florida). Jim enters Erin’s life at a particularly dark period, when she hears about his mysterious–and possibly faked–death on the radio. So she goes out and buys his unauthorized biography, No One Here Gets Out Alivealong with some Doors albums–and her eyes are opened to what she perceives as true rock & roll glamour. Jim’s lyrics speak to Erin so clearly that she’s able to pull herself out of the darkness she’s experiencing in real life. And, of course, she becomes convinced that Jim’s still alive and begins searching for him.

But what about you? Have you ever been so taken by a rock artist that you changed something about yourself because of him or her? Has a musician ever given you the courage to do something you were previously afraid to do? Have you altered your fashion sense to imitate a rock hero or heroine? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Please leave a comment below, and/or post a picture of the artist to my Facebook Author Page. (And if FB won’t allow you to post, just email the picture to me at and I’ll post it for you.)

Thanks! I’m looking forward to your responses. The first five people to comment or post a picture will get a free Kindle or Nook copy of Leaving the Beach!


About Mary Rowen

My three published novels, LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner), LIVING BY EAR, and IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY focus on women figuring out who they are and what they want from life. Music and musicians have a way of finding their way into the stories. I live in the Boston area with my family and pets.
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4 Responses to This Week’s Giveaway: Has Your Life Been Changed by a Rock Musician?

  1. jan says:

    My father knew Jim Morrison’s father thus the first Doors album I ever got was from my father. Suffice it to say, he was a bit shocked when he listened to it! I was influenced by so many song-writers that’s it’s impossible to pick just one. Of all the concerts I’ve been to the performers who awed me the most were Gordon Lightfoot, George Harrison, and Buffy Ste. Marie. I guess I favor the balladeers.


  2. Mary Rowen says:

    Wow, Jan, that is really interesting about your dad knowing Jim Morrison’s dad. When I was a teenager, I used to wonder what Jim’s father thought of the song “The End,” with all its Oedipal references. I imagine the whole Doors phenomenon must’ve been hard on that family.

    As for musical influencers, I love those balladeers too, and George is my favorite Beatle by far. Love that guy’s songs, voice, everything. Thank you for your reply! You win a copy of LTB–although I think you already have one? Let me know 🙂


  3. inazajac says:

    Love this post Mary. There are too many for me to name, but I can see why you chose a photo of Jim Morrison. That man was not only incredibly talented, but slinky like a wildcat. His energy was just short of magic. The Doors have this mystical sound that is unlike any other.

    Personally, I have have been fascinated by drummers and bass players. The way the work together is a beautiful thing. While the lead singer is getting the attention, they’re in the back keeping each song on the rails. It’s why I can’t stop writing about them.

    Here are some of my all-around favs. Again, way too many to mention:

    Sting — a singer who plays bass. He stole my heart when I was in the sixth grade. Synchronicity was my first concert.

    Led Zeppelin — John Bonham, whoa.

    Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and all of the Seattle guys. Good times.

    Paul McCartney — another singer who plays bass. The Beatles were the great influencers. So many of our celebrated artists of today were inspired by them.

    Dave Grohl — sings/plays guitar and is one of the best drummers in the world. He’s also hilarious, well grounded and cool as hell. I admire him (and Novoselic) for not letting Nirvana define them.

    Freddie Mercury — In my opinion, the very best voice in the history of rock and roll.

    Bob Marley is my number one. His music makes me feel amazing.

    Awesome post Mary. I loved Leaving the Beach.


    • Mary Rowen says:

      Wow, Ina, you and I have similar taste in music and musicians. And I totally hear you on the drummer/bass player thing. Lead singers can be such prima donnas but those rhythm guys keep it all together. And Bob Marley. Yeah. I never get tired of his songs. Thank you for the great comment and picture. I’m happy to send you a copy of LTB but I think you already have it. Cannot wait for Please, Pretty Lights!


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