Memoirist Jimmy Nowoc will be signing copies of his new book ‘No Strings Attached, My Life Growing Up With the Birth of Rock N Roll’ at Miles Books in Highland.
Nowoc will appear at the bookstore at 2819 Jewett Ave. in downtown Highland from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
“The book is a bittersweet memoir that focuses on rock n roll and Jimmy’s experiences in Vietnam,” owner Jim Roumbos said. “Miles Books makes a point of honoring our veterans and we are happy to promote Jimmy and his new book.”
Nowoc, who served as a radio relay specialist with the Army’s 25th Infantry Division, plans to donate some of the proceeds to the VFW station in Highland.
“It’s an autobiographical account of what it meant to grow up with the birth of rock n roll and serve in Vietnam,” he said. “My motive for writing it can be as simple as realizing that I had a story to tell. of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. It covers artists by the grace of the good Lord who I have been close and personal with and how I have evolved since the days of our youth music in Vietnam and having people fighting in an unpopular war. It covers a lot of ground.
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Nowoc was a shy, reclusive youngster who couldn’t bring himself to look people in the eye or strike up a conversation before books like Dale Carnegie’s “How to Make Friends and Influence People” helped him out. from its shell. He got into record collecting before it was fashionable.
He ended up with a collection of around 700,000 songs. He also bought a guitar which he had dozens of rock musicians sign, removing the strings to make more room for the signatures, which inspired the name of the book.
The book covers rock legends like Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Don McLean and Elton John. He writes about concerts he’s attended over the years, songs he’s enjoyed, and rock trivia.
The memoirs include anecdotes about Paul Anka, Gary Busey, Riverview Amusement Park, how the White Sox came back to win a pennant race, and his observation about the differences between Sox and Cubs fans.
“If you like rock ‘n roll or history, you’ll find something interesting here,” he said.
For more information, call 219-838-8700 or search Miles Books on Facebook.