Author Chris Formant has a crazy theory: what if the 27 Club’s Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Jim Morrison were all murdered? His upcoming novel, Bright Midnight (Highline Editions, November 9, 2016) takes readers on a journey with an aging rock journalist coming across explosive evidence behind the truth of the Myth of 27. His book transports us to a period in time saturated in mystery and modern American mythology. Much of the mystique of the wandering troubadour lives on in the souls of today’s aged rockers.
Rock ‘n’ roll music has changed drastically with the emergence of punk, grunge, emo and alternative. Millennials like myself remember the days listening to the biggest hits of the ’60s and ’70s while dad drove us to elementary school. I remember tapping my feet to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley/Teenage Wasteland” on the back of my dad’s seat when Keith Moon went nuts on those drums. Now my generation listens to pop riffs and electronic base drops as the musical norm. The electric guitar has become an outlier to the modern hit where it used to be a centerpiece. Legends who survived the revolutionary ’60s and the trying ’70s, like Bruce Springsteen, still go on tour and give aging fans the opportunity to relive their youth.
So that means we’re getting excited because the Coachella music festival promoter has created Desert Trip, an epic festival that kicks off October 7 and lasts for two weekends. Giants of the industry like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Neil Young. A once in a lifetime opportunity that hasn’t seen this set list of legends since Woodstock, Desert Trip is sure to be a massive hit. After you hit the festival scene, make sure you give Bright Midnight a read. It will keep you in that rock ‘n’ roll spirit!