MBR Bookwatch: February 2016
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
Synopsis: “Walk, Don’t Run: A Rockin and Rollin Memoir” is the personal story of Steven Jae Johnson. It’s a life story that is by turns glamorous, inspiring, and gritty a marvelous fusion of the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life and music and passion in 1960s Hollywood, California — the place where dreams are made and chased and, sometimes, die.
When Steven Rusty Johnson, Eddie Olmos, and Joey Zagarino met in high school in 1962, the sky was the limit and rock n roll stardom was a record deal away. These three friends forged a life-long friendship that would take them through triumph and tragedy, victory and defeat, success and failure all in the pursuit of reaching the rock n roll dream.
“Walk, Don’t Run” is not only the story of three dreamers, it is a true tale that shows that success and life is about taking it from the top, catching a good groove, and taking it one beat at a time.
Critique: Told with candor, insight, detail, wit, and hard won wisdom, “Walk, Don’t Run: A Rockin and Rollin Memoir” is an inherently fascinating read. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Walk, Don’t Run” is very highly recommended for community and academic library American Biography collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that “Walk, Don’t Run” is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
Michael Dunford, Reviewer