Immersing Deep Into Jazz—and Heroin

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Captivating tale of addiction and redemption to be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit in San Diego, CA.

Crooked Road to the Big Time.

From critically acclaimed musician and writer Don Alberts comes an engaging novel about dreams, ambitions, mistakes, and realizations. Released through Xlibris, The Rushing: Manbaby and the Crooked Road to the Big Time follows one man’s journey through fame and its consequences.

Childhood for Louis Parker was pretty normal. He lived in a blissful home with his mother, stepfather, and half-brother, where love and comfort were always offered. Even as a young boy, Louis exuded a special passion for music with his fondness in playing the piano. His teenage life was even more colorful. Dating several girls and riding around town in his Ford convertible was what life was all about, and enlisting in the navy reserve unit during the Korean war was a such a noble act for a happy-go-lucky person as him.

Always the dreamer and the risk-taker, Louis’ life is now slowly led to the side of danger. With a love for music at hand, he gradually finds himself under the spotlight and into stardom. He has made himself to become a mythic icon in the world of jazz music. But along with the promises of fame are the temptations of drugs. How badly does he want to grasp his dream? The Rushing: Manbaby and the Crooked Road to the Big Time offers readers a glimpse into the tough sub-culture of drugs and jazz music in the 1960s and the “Crooked Road to the Big Time.” Through the depths of heroin addiction, jazz music, tough rehabilitation and self-discovery, readers will be inspired by one man’s struggle to make it back and survive.

This book will be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit in San Diego, CA on November 12-15, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
A jazz musician through most of his life, Don Alberts took up writing soon after leaving San Jose State College, where he studied with concert pianist Thomas Ryan and majored in music composition and English. Ultimately, writing and music became his bittersweet joy. He continued to develop his skills, spending more and more time writing and playing music at night. In 1990, under the pen name Whitney Louis, he completed his first full-length novel, Beyond the Grand Matoeba. He has written ten volumes of original jazz compositions. Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 have won the ASCAP jazz composers award for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. His other books include Small Unrested Desires: Short Stories and Poetry, Absolute Time: Poetry, Ancient Warrior: Selected Poems from 1995 to 2005, Play Melancholy Baby: Crime Fiction, The Rushing: Crime Fiction, Bad Boys Fan Club Photo Book: Photo Book, and Don Alberts Original Jazz Compositions Manuscript Workbook. Alberts has taught jazz composition at the Jazz School in Berkeley California and has published a course book. He has recorded six CDs with his own groups. All CDs are available at He now lives in San Bruno and frequently plays piano at clubs in San Francisco.

THE RUSHING * by Don Alberts
Manbaby and the Crooked Road to the Big Time
Publication Date: May 17, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 255 pages; 978-1-4500-9320-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 255 pages; 978-1-4500-9321-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-9322-4

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