multi-book story is narrated by English ex-pat and rock & roll
superstar guitarist John Peter (JP) Kinkaid. While each book in the
Chronicles has a mystery element, each follows the last in a complex
arc that follows JP, with his multiple sclerosis, heart condition
and unusual personal history, as he finally comes of age in his fifties.
The Kinkaid Chronicles give the reader an all-access backstage pass
to how musicians work, live, and love.
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
JP Kinkaid, aging guitarist for long-lived megastar rock band Blacklight,
has got a few things to deal with.
For one thing, there are the two women in his life: Bree, the private,
fiercely protective girl he fell in love with when she was still a
teenager; and Cilla, the obsessive ambitious wife of thirty years
from whom he's been long estranged. He's lived with Bree for over
twenty-five years, but has never been able to fully let go of Cilla.
Then there’s his multiple sclerosis, a disease which compounds
the pressures of a touring band.
Blacklight guitarist JP Kinkaid is recently widowed, home in San
Francisco, and engaged to his long-time lover, Bree Godwin. JP is
sitting in as the second guitarist on a new CD by his longtime local
friends, the Bombardiers.
Book Three of The Kinkaid Chronicles takes JP and Bree first to London
for their honeymoon, and then to the Cannes Film Festival - and leaves
their happiness and safety in danger from unfinished business.
A quarter-century ago, legendary director Sir Cedric Parmeley filmed
a documentary about three bands, called Playing in the Dark. One of
those bands was Blacklight. At the time, Blacklight refused permission
for Parmeley to release it. Now living in the South of France, Parmeley
has edited the film and gained approval. All three bands have agreed
to play a promotional concert at the Roman amphitheatre at Frejus,
When JP Kinkaid is asked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating
committee to suggest an inductee under the "Early Influences"
category, he has no hesitation in naming his childhood idol, delta
bluesman Farris “Bulldog” Moody. Bulldog, alive and living
in the southern Ohio town of Ofagoula, meets with JP - and the two
form a deep and immediate bond. With the help of music historian and
fellow heart patient Chester Kobel, JP prepares the speech that will
officially enshrine Bulldog in the Hall of Fame.
The release of Blacklight's double CD, Book of Days, looks like business
as usual; the band plans its usual relaxed tour, this time asking
Bombardiers keyboard ace Tony Mancuso to join them. No one can predict
what happens next: the CD goes platinum, generating a huge hit and
the need for a very different tour.
Stay tuned for plot summaries and synopses of the sixth Uncle
John's Band, seventh Dead Flowers and every Chronicle beyond!