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Oswaldtwistle guitarist with superstars pens East Lancashire novel
5:30pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Hyndburn
A MUSICIAN who has spent his life travelling the globe and working with superstars has penned his first novel.
Damian Joyce, 45, left his Oswaldtwistle home in 1988, and ended up in Spain, with £30 and his guitar.
It turned out to be the start of a journey which was to see him share the spotlight with acts such as Maroon 5, Chaka Khan and The Stranglers.
Damian has also performed with Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Clem Burke, from Blondie.
The composer has entertained audiences in famous LA venues, such as The Whisky-a-go-go, The Viper Room, and The House of Blues, and rubbed shoulders with stars including Clint Eastwood.
Now, after international travels and adventures, he has set his first novel, The Dreamer’s Road, in Accrington.
The former St Mary’s Primary and Mount Carmel School pupil said he was inspired by his own early life, and even his first job, at Waves in Blackburn, has been used to set the scene.
The novel tells the story of Jack Jordan growing up in Thatcherite Britain, and how he embraces the rebellion of punk rock.
He said: “There’s a lot of me in there and my memories.
“I still remember Waves opening and getting a pat on the head from Princess Anne.
“There are all sorts of little bits and pieces from my life that have gone into making the book.”
After arriving in Spain, he spent 10 years singing his way around the world. He spent months in places including South Africa, Australia and Bali.
When his first self-penned album No Fixed Abode was released in 1998, it grabbed the attention of music industry giants EMI, who invited Damian to America where he has spent the last 15 years performing and writing music for TV and film. Publication of his novel will coincide with the release of his third album with the same title. The new music will feature his good friend, and legendary Todmorden keyboardist Keith Emerson, and was produced by Brian Kehew, of The Who.
The book is available at Amazon and Smashwords. com.
More music and information can be found at www.face book.com/pages/Damian-Joyce and www.damian joyce.com
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