Spanning the musically innovative years between 1966 and 1991, the Beyond The Bridge series follows the lives of Sixties British Invasion blues rock band Tuppence, a colorful, diverse group of characters who, along with their friends and families, are inextricably linked through music and fame. The leading character is Gordon Hammond, the brilliant band leader and lead guitarist. How he deals with fame and lives with his decisions concerning his personal life and his career sets the tone for the story, which is carefully and faithfully woven into actual music history, clouding the lines between fact and fiction. SK Waller takes the reader on a magic carpet ride through the most creative and revolutionary decades the musical world has ever known.
Book One - With A Dream (1966-1971): Book One begins in Swinging London at the height of the British Invasion. A young, rather naive Gordon Hammond forms a band called Tuppence and, due to his genius as a visionary songwriter and guitarist, as well as the group’s innovative sound, they skyrocket to the top of the charts. When Gordon meets supermodel Felicity, his entire life changes as he begins to learn that “Fame and Fortune” and the forfeit it demands, is no respecter of persons.
Book Two - With A Bullet (1976-1981): Book Two opens as newly-discovered blues artist Katy Clarke is brought to London to launch her career. The small town girl from Boulder, Colorado has no idea, however, that her subsequent success and fame will demand not only dedication and hard work, but also a hard look at what drives her. Familiar characters from Book One return to move the story toward its climactic finale in Book Three.
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Book Three - With A Song (1986-1991): Book Three begins during a time that Gordon finds his music has survived the onslaught of 1970s punk and disco and has a place once again in the charts. Encouraged, Tuppence regroups to enjoy a thrilling comeback amid family upheavals and the ongoing stresses and celebrations of their fame. When a groupie’s expose is published, Gordon is forced to grapple with past mistakes that could threaten everything that matters to him.
Book Four - Enharmonic Intervals: The Memoirs of Gordon Hammond: Working from voluminous notes, sketches, and research material, SK Waller is currently compiling the recollections of the fascinating, reclusive main character, Gordon Hammond. In this revealing first-person narrative, and with disarming frankness, Gordon describes his childhood and family life, his rise to fame, his failed marriage, and the pressures of maintaining his status as a music icon. Exposing events of his life that he has kept hidden from the public and his fans until now, Gordon tells his story with his characteristic warmth and humor.
In this romantic-comedy novella, Alan is an American ex-patriot living in Vienna. He's also a brilliant young composer who has a hard time coping with life in the real world. Andie is an up-and-coming English soprano who finds the world of traditional opera stuffy and pretentious. Through Alan's breakthrough operetta, Harley & Colette, the two meet and find a way to create something beautiful and exciting both on stage and off.
A POLITE LITTLE MADNESS: SK Waller remembers her life's experiences, the people she has met, and the lessons she has learned in brief, poignant vignettes. A survivor of severe child abuse, a teenaged widow, and the mother of an autistic child, she learned to face her trials by holding onto her belief that life is art and should be embraced through both the ups and the downs. Remembering her colorful escapades, her musical career, and the fascinating people she has known, Waller shares how she learned what true success is and how she made her diverse, fascinating life a celebration.
CALIFORNIA GOLD COAST DREAMIN': (In this coffee table book, SK Waller explores the music scene on California's central coast in the 1960s and '70s. While the world focused on the sounds coming out of San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties were responsible for some the best garage bands in rock and roll history. Waller's encyclopedic knowledge fills the pages of this book with information and photos of the Sentinels, Lee Michaels, David Marks, Ernie & the Emperors, Children of the Mushroom, and many others.
TOUCHING FIRE: Gentle, artistically gifted, and in love with God, a young Franciscan monk is sent from his monastery to instruct the daughter of a wealthy, widowed don on the Costa de Oro of southern Spain. In this young woman, Brother Andrew finds a virtuosa guitarist and composer as well as a kindred spirit. When they fall in love with each other, he is forced to grapple not only with his vows, but also with God and his love of the monastic life. The choices they make as individuals change both their lives forever, leaving him to put his faith to the test for the remainder of his life.