DEEP TANK JERSEY – 20th Anniversary Edition

Deep Tank Jersey

The classic underground sensation is back with a brand new cover and updated material on the wild summer days with DogVoices circa 1995!

Relive the magic and mayhem of those bygone days of summer along the legendary New Jersey Club Circuit with James Campion’s journal from edge.

20th Anniversary Edition Includes:


Brand new essay by the author
– James recounts the entire story behind the story; his memories of how it all began and his researching and writing one of the most compelling stories ever written about the New Jersey rock and roll club scene.

Brand new interviews with all the major participants – In-depth and revealing conversations between author James Campion and the members of the original DogVoices, their manager, Bo Blaze, and the mysterious, Nadine.

Three features,  two previously published and one never-published, on DogVoices by the author through the years:

FREAK DOMAIN REVISITED: THE SAD AND TERRIBLE TRUTH ABOUT DOGVOICES
A 1998 piece long out of print from the East Coast Rocker in which James goes in search of the members and DogVoices.

DEEP TANK TO WEIRD BLOOD Jersey Shore Music Icon Rob Monte Says Good-Bye (For Now)
A 2010 piece for the Aquarian Weekly by James on the final performing days of DogVoices’ wildman singer and master showman, Rob Monte.

PETER BLASEVICK CALLS IT QUITS
A hilarious “Faux Eulogy” written by James and read at Pete’s last professional gig in 2004.

TRUTH IN EXPERIENCE: NONFICTION ON THE RUN
A Discussion With Independent Author James Campion About Expose vs. Straight Storytelling – A 1996 interview with James on the writing of the book.

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Deep Tank Jersey – One Man’s Journey Into the Soul Of New Jersey Club Band – Real life story of DogVoices and the NJ Club Scene by James Campion

 

Deep Tank Jersey – 1st Edition
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A first person romp through the subculture of night life on the New Jersey club circuit with one of its premier bands, Dog Voices, Deep Tank Jersey resonates with humor and sentiment. It is an inside look at life in the fast lane with hard working musicians and the twisted people who surround them nightly. Many other top NJ bands, their roadies, groupies, management and agents are dissected through jc’s magnifying glass. Owners, bouncers and employees of popular night spots tell wild and sometimes moving stories of success and failure in a dog eat dog business that changes on the fly. It is also a story of loneliness and passion in a world where the thrill-a-minute philosophy can blur lines and create a bizarre reality.

 

 

 

 

Quotes:

“Your manuscript is amazing! We’d most likely publish it if you’d just let us edit the damn thing! Who do you think you are Jack Kerouac? (exasperated expletive).-Simon & Schuster

“This is simply the best example of life out of bounds written about our tiny corner of the world.” -LBI Islander 7/96

“‘Deep Tank Jersey’ is the underground world of middle class rock n’ roll that someone had to write about. Everything from inebriation to incarceration and back. A wholly enjoyable read for the club veteran and frightened novice.” -EC Rocker 8/4/96

“James Campion dives right into the heart of the band scene. No subject is taboo, be it personal or professional. From Monte’s notorious — some say dangerous — stage antics to the legendary band, Dog Voices feelings on touring, fans, and each other.”-Steppin’ Out Entertainment Magazine 1/29/96

“We do not recommend attempting anything written in ‘Deep Tank Jersey’, but it sure is a fun read!”Aquarian Weekly 6/24/97

“No one is spared James Campion’s satirical wit in this roller coaster ride of a book. And the best perk is that it is all true. Anyone who has been in a band, worked in, or frequented any rock club will enjoy this jaunt through the circus life of crazies and big hearts who have called the edge home.”-More Suger Entertainment 5/98

“I’m in that thing!”-Razz from “K-Rock” WXRK Radio NY

“This is one fun book.”The Nerds

“I would kill that bastard Campion if I could stop laughing!”-Monte from Dog Voices

 

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Fear No Art – Observations On The Death Of The American Century – Modern Gonzo Journalism by James Campion

FEAR NO ART

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A collection of jc’s columns, essays, letters, e-mails, and in-dept magazine and newspaper pieces from the late-nineties; Fear No Art swerves, ducks, and lays heavy punches with every page. No one is spared from the damaged arenas of politics and celebrity. In the tradition of his heroes and inspiration; Lenny Bruce, H.L. Mencken, Hunter Thompson, George Carlin, and other contemporary satirists, jc uses wit and cruel visions to strip the hypocrisy of our world bare. Yet, this is more a collection of entertaining revelry than a dirge of preaching. Fear No Art burns the eyes and touches the heart, and at times, does it simultaneously.

Fear No Art is the perfect epitaph for the American Century; chronicling the fallout of the O.J. Simpson trial, race bating, civil rights protest, tabloid journalism, children killers, pop culture, terrorism, censorship, and a president crumbling, only to be born again. A fast and wild read, hilariously funny, and bitterly true; Fear No Art is high octane journalism at it’s very best. jc has created an instant underground classic and the perfect follow-up to the passionate intensity of his first effort, the fringe classic, Deep Tank Jersey.

No ardent reader of the Aquarian Weekly’s most controversial writer can do without Fear No Art, and those who have never read him will be treated to a unique view of the news that warps a nation. All of your favorite jc characters are here: Georgetown, the manic conservative insider, Dibbs, his left-wing radical alter-ego, Willie, the crazed fugitive from justice, and an array of insults, barbs, and downright abuse doled out in private e-mails and letters spawned from the now infamous memo file of the Reality Check News & Information Desk.

Approached by the management of the burgeoning Internet network, BLAZO!! to unleash his weekly rants onto the rest of an unsuspecting nation, jc went to work compiling his nearly complete repertoire of previously published musings and intimate works into one crazed collection. The brilliant result is Fear No Art. For perhaps the first time the reader can enjoy the unpredictable ride and incredible growth of a potentially significant writer geared for the 21st century. Quotable, clever, caustic, moving, and true to the core; these are the words used by fans, enemies, reviewers, and colleagues to describe jc’s work. He is alive and well and roaring like the wounded beast of reality in every sentence. Fear No Art is a masterpiece of toxic hyperbole and ingenious bombast; a playful romp of nasty stories and even nastier people.

“They love him. They hate him. But they cannot ignore him.”-The Mighty Chief Wonka

Fears

Fear No Leadership – “Power corrupts, and absolute power is like an IV loaded with speed balls cruising the main vein. It is King Richard wandering through the desert looking to trade the Third World for a goddamn horse. No human can survive it with a shred of their decency left intact. There are horrible places on this globe where you can go to see the fierce result of its wounds.”

Fear No Citizen – “We are a people mired in the degradation of wit; slow to understand the intricacies of government: The brain-dead have the wheels and the frightened must pay the bill.”

Fear No Philosophy – “HATE is kicking LOVE ass. Check the record.”

Fear No Organized Faith – “Religion has claimed more lives throughout the history of civilization than money and sex combined.”

Fear No Parenting – “We are lucky more children don’t take to the streets with savage vengeance for the abuse, distrust, and pain we substitute for understanding, and the garbled misinformation we trade for teaching.”

Fear No Advertising – “The world of advertising and big business roll out the red carpet of mighty horse dung riding on the fumes of large breasts and white teeth tipping their cup of joe in a pleasant salute to ignorance.”

Fear No Aging Hippies – “The Baby Boomers have used up cultural boundaries and left the fumes of regret; and like the gray suit custodians after a parade, we shall clean it up.”

Fear No Wall Street – “This is the landscape we choose to stroll. On a clear day standing on the stacks of mammon you can see the streets of tin. They are paved with the American Dream.”

Fear No Lawyer – “The law is a minefield of veracity and inaccuracy played out over a war of words with the truth as its most precious casualty.”

Quotes:

“Campion remains mysterious to even the people who give him the space to rage. And make no mistake about it, Fear No Art rages. In the bent tradition of H.L. Mencken and Hunter S. Thompson, Campion’s true wit is in his blantant disregard for everything worth disregarding.” Seth Cales, Freelance Reviewer

fear no art is a societal magnifying glass that uses the powerful literary rays of Campion’s counter-culture thoughts to singe the endless line of sheep-like ants that in his opinion define American popular culture. Campion’s writing could certainly snap the synapses of tame minds but might allow for serious contemplation.”Brad King, North County News

“No one is sacred, no punches are pulled.”– Chris Uhl, Aquarian Weekly

“James Campion keeps amazing me. He is one of the few demented souls our industry has produced.”– Dan Davis, Genesis

“It’s not often that a relativly unknown columnist from a rock n’ roll weekly begins to take hold of the radical press, dubbing himself a “rogue journalist” and invitingly begs for comparisons to H.L. Mencken or Hunter Thompson. And it is even more rare that the same man can pull it off with painful consistency. James Campion, if not already a thorn in the side of all that is not sacred, wants you to believe all this. And anyone who has taken notice has yet to deny him that.” – Darren Ecstein, The Underground Press Quarterly

Fear No Art is spurious, barbed, funny, and well reasoned.”Elisa Flynn, Westchester Arts Weekly

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Midnight For Cinderella by James Campion

MIDNIGHT FOR CINDERELLA

Reality Check Papers Volume II

Midnight For Cinderella

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Finally! The long-dreaded sequel to Fear No Art – Observations on the Death of the American Century , but this time enhanced with head-bloating, body-inflating, testicle-shrinking anabolic steroids!

Published by Amazon.com’s Booksurge Division, Midnight For Cinderella is a comprehensive and dizzying collection of jc’s best columns, essays, letters, e-mails, and in-depth magazine and newspaper pieces from the first five action-packed years of the new century. This unique compendium of expletive-laced tirades, warped insights, and stirring tributes is fused with provocative and stunning artwork from revolutionary artist, Denise Mihalik, and boasts a rousing foreword by internationally infamous singer/songwriter Dan Bern.

Included with the most controversial, infuriating, outlandish, and irreverent musings from the Reality Check News & Information Desk – enjoyed by readers the world over for the past half-decade – are brand new essays and previously unpublished gems from the twisted mind of ornery satirist, James Campion. Newcomers to the furiously hilarious and oft-times poignant jc rants will revel in the wide variety of subjects skewered, lampooned, and viscously dissected. Rabid fans and loyal Check Group Members will also enjoy having all of their most cherished Reality Check blather available in one neat package, with the added bonus of the odd snippet of new wisdom thrown in.

It is also important to note that some of the more painful passages, previously edited for publishing, appear here in their disgusting entirety, securing the permanent record in the jc pantheon. Also included are the hard-to-find “Resurrections In Babes Clothing”, previously only available in MWE Publishing’s “In Our Own Words Vol. 4” collection, and the much-requested “Free Speech Must Stop”, rightfully rejected by our favorite lady-columnist Rita J. King’s popular and beloved Ruminations on America Project blog.

Here it is, all in one volume, the Reality Check take on two hotly debated presidential elections, another in a well-received series of Iraq Wars, and, of course, the horrors and fallout of 9/11, joined merrily together with a randy host of celebrity mocking, media scorn, religious contempt, and general disrespect for all that is sacred. What has been called “the most erratic of all editorial homes” by the YAHOO! syndicated column listings, now finds a final resting place in Midnight For Cinderella.

Presented in sections by subject: Philosophy, Religion, Survival, Politics, 2000 Presidential Campaign & Election, 9/11/01, Fallout, War In Iraq, 2004 Presidential Campaign & Election, Pop Goes Culture, Sports, and Tribute, Midnight For Cinderella is a complete journalistic package of reporting, cavorting, tales out of school, and borderline slanderous fun. Many lawyers, civil unions, and dedicated protest groups have helped in bringing these stories, opinions, and observations to fruition. The least you can do is order it, then read it, and then throw up – and not necessarily in that order. (Sometimes it helps to regurgitate prior to reading Campion)

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Praise for FEAR NO ART (Volume I):

“Campion remains mysterious to even the people who give him the space to rage. And make no mistake about it, Fear No Art rages. In the bent tradition of H.L. Mencken and Hunter S. Thompson, Campion’s true wit is in his blantant disregard for everything worth disregarding.” Seth Cales, Freelance Reviewer

fear no art is a societal magnifying glass that uses the powerful literary rays of Campion’s counter-culture thoughts to singe the endless line of sheep-like ants that in his opinion define American popular culture. Campion’s writing could certainly snap the synapses of tame minds but might allow for serious contemplation.”Brad King, North County News

“No one is sacred, no punches are pulled.”– Chris Uhl, Aquarian Weekly

“James Campion keeps amazing me. He is one of the few demented souls our industry has produced.”– Dan Davis, Genesis

“It’s not often that a relatively unknown columnist from a rock n’ roll weekly begins to take hold of the radical press, dubbing himself a “rogue journalist” and invitingly begs for comparisons to H.L. Mencken or Hunter Thompson. And it is even more rare that the same man can pull it off with painful consistency. James Campion, if not already a thorn in the side of all that is not sacred, wants you to believe all this. And anyone who has taken notice has yet to deny him that.” – Darren Ecstein, The Underground Press Quarterly

Fear No Art is spurious, barbed, funny, and well reasoned.”Elisa Flynn, Westchester Arts Weekly

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Trailing Jesus – A Holy Land Journal From The Edge

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Dreams. Nightmares. Religion. Revolution. Divinity. Evil. Temptation. Hope. Murder. Mysticism. Faith. Oppression. Memories. Visions. Passion. History. Lies. Truth. Forgiveness.

In the spring of 1996, James Campion immersed himself in the thorny subject of humanity’s mad pursuit of an origin and purpose to existence. Intrigued by the life and teachings of philosophical and spiritual leaders over the centuries and fueled by a questioning of his devout Catholic background lead to a natural exploration of Jesus Christ from revolutionary vagabond to religious icon. Carving out images from his past and passionately delving into the gospel legend prompted a tireless journey to the Holy Land. Across the desert, in the footsteps of the mysterious, inside the mind and out of the heart, the results of his trek are found in the introspective and controversial pages of Trailing Jesus.

It is more than a true story of self-discovery and Biblical revelations. It is literally a lifetime dissected in a single trip. Mostly it is an emotional investigation of one of the most enigmatic spiritual leaders in the pantheon of human experience; a controversial view of Jesus of Nazareth, the peasant messiah whose spiritual revolution is still prevalent after two thousand years. The Greatest Story Ever Told is understood quite differently through the eyes of an author in search of spirit and wonder in a violently cold world.

Trailing Jesus is a major work for the 21st century. It topples icons, punctures dogma and resuscitates the memory of a movement so influential it has spanned two millennium of speculation and debate, infatuation and worship, war and bigotry, power and compassion. Trailing Jesus is not the voice of a scholar or a theologian or even a religious apologist, just the brutal honesty of a man in search of a revolutionary mystic from a time seemingly so far away, yet so very close to the very marrow of human kind. James Campion’s third book, Trailing Jesus – A Holy Journal is a must read for the faithful, the doubtful, and the just plain curious.

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“Evocative thoughts and memory, distinctive descriptions and unlikely encounters fill this devoted and faithful account. A candid journey of spiritual awakening filled with descriptive landscapes arising from a radical spiritual movement, Trailing Jesus is confidently commended reading for Christians who are in search of their own spiritual enlightenment.” – Midwest Book Review 6/6/03

“The book’s prose is tight and luminous, whose ideas, at their core, are reminiscent of the neurological perspective that the frontal lobe of the brain expanded around the same time the limbic system underwent a metamorphosis leading to the phenomena for the birth of religion.” – North County News 4/23/03

“Campion’s knowledge of the Bible illuminates his prose with the political, social and religious background against which Christ’s travels and ultimate end were set.– Minnesota Star Tribune 6/29/03

“Campion’s chronicled travels through the mysteries of the Middle East are peppered with insightful encounters, haunting landscapes and the region’s ever-present political tension.” – Indianapolis Star 5/3/03

“An enigmatic and highly emotional journal penned by one of the most brazen new authors to break molds only to be bound by new labels and break them once again.”– American Writer Monthly 11/03

Trailing Jesus defuses the iconic dogma that buried the orignal momentum of a desert movement so influential it has manage to survive two millennia.” – Book Dealers World 5/03

“Campion’s well-researched work uncovers the endearing influence of a Nazarene artisan who dared to envision the impossible, a common thread to all spiritual mavericks of various times and cultures.” – The Union County Advocate 4/22/03

“A departure from the quick-witted, gonzo writing style of his weekly political column, Reality Check, the heady topic may pierce Campion’s well-crafted persona, but there’s no doubt that Trailing Jesus is a labor of love that firmly places the author further on the quest for universal spirit.” – New Jersey Weekly 3/05/03

Trailing Jesus is the best written and most marvelously researched book I have ever read about the life of Jesus Christ.” – Martin Brech, author and former Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at Cornell University 4/17/03

“With its descriptive nature and journal style, Trailing Jesus is the best and most alluring way for Americans to visit the Holy Land in a time when the dangers of violence and war have once again rendered it nearly impossible.”– PAX TV 6/11/03

Campion richly depicts the uniquely itinerant nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s ministry of healing and teaching as a proclamation of divinity within every individual and not some remote Supreme Being.”– Suburbanite 12/17/03

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