9th Ave: Bruce Jenkins

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.

 

 

San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Bruce Jenkins reads from his memoir, Shop Around: Growing up with Motown in a Sinatra Household, a part of The Music That Changed My Life series.

 

About Shop Around:

 

Bruce Jenkins was twelve years old, living in Malibu with his parents, when he heard the original Shop Around single, by The Miracles featuring Bill Smokey Robinson, the first Billboard No. 1 R&B single for Motown's Tamla label. Released nationally in October 1960, the single would ultimately make it into the Grammy Hall of Fame, but for young Bruce, the first times he heard the song were a revelation. Jenkins grew up surrounded by music. His father, Gordon Jenkins, was a composer and arranger who worked with artists from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash, but was best known for his close collaboration with Frank Sinatra. His mother, Beverly, was a singer. 


For Bruce, Shop Around ushered him into a new world of loving Motown. In "Shop Around," he brings to life the first thrill of having the music claim him, provides the back story of the recording (and rerecording) of the hit single, shares sketches from his life with his father and mother, and traces how his love of music has grown and evolved over the years and how he still loves driving around San Francisco with Motown cranked up on his car stereo.

Shop Around: Growing Up with Motown in a Sinatra Household Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780986189814
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Published: Wellstone Books - June 28th, 2016

Bruce Jenkins was twelve years old, living in Malibu with his parents, when he heard the original "Shop Around" single, by "The Miracles featuring Bill 'Smokey' Robinson," the first Billboard No. 1 R&B single for Motown's Tamla label.


Kiss the Sky: My Weekend in Monterey for the Greatest Rock Concert Ever Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780985419080
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Published: Wellstone Books - November 10th, 2015

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A Book of Walks Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780985419035
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Published: Wellstone Books - May 15th, 2015

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Night Running: A Book of Essays about Breaking Through Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780985419073
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Published: Wellstone Books - June 14th, 2016

This daring volume combines the best of writing on running with the appeal of the best literary writing, essays that take in the sights and sounds and smells of real life, of real risk, of real pain and of real elation.


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