Thursday, April 24, 2008

Gregg Wetzel's 'Straight Wages" published


Gregg Wetzel (pictured above), known mostly in these parts as the rock ‘n’ roll piano player for the old Good Humor Band, has written a novel -- “Straight Wages.” It was published in paperback on Mar. 3, 2008, by PublishAmerica.

“My novel “Straight Wages” is now available,” said Wetzel by email. “It’s fun for the entire family! All of my obsessions plus plenty of ribaldry and casual violence.”

For more background on Wetzel, who moved from Richmond to Nashville in the mid-1980s, click here to read a story about him (and his old Humoroid sidekick Mike McAdam) that SLANTblog ran on Dec. 8, 2007 (on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the death of John Lennon).

This blurb about the plot of "Straight Wages" is at

“In the not-so-swinging ’60s of the small coal-mining towns in central Pennsylvania, three bored young men spend their time joy riding in stolen Chevrolets and drinking beer. When their robbery of a coastal New Jersey business goes terribly wrong, their pursuit by a determined and dangerous employer is the basis for Straight Wages. By turns comically absurd and darkly malevolent, it is inhabited by memorable characters and its vision is quirky and uniquely American.”

-- Photo by Artie Probst (circa 1990)

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