“An epic story of show-biz dreams.” —Mike Foley

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“It’s this generation’s American Graffiti —
it’s Happy Days slammed into Resurrection Boulevard.”
—Rick Marcelli

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“Johnson’s memory for the adventures we shared breaking into show business is seamless.”
—Edward James Olmos

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“Like a front-row seat to the action when rock ‘n’ roll was still young and exciting!”
—Jason Liller

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Walk, Don’t Run is a song you’ll want to experience for yourself—probably more than once.”
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Kids, THIS Is Rock ’N’ Roll: A Rockin’ and Rollin’ Memoir Made on the 1960s Sunset Strip in Hollywood

Here is a story that is glamorous, inspiring, and gritty — a marvelous fusion of the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life and music and passion in 1960s Hollywood, California, the place where dreams are made and chased and, sometimes, die.

When Steven “Rusty” Johnson, Eddie Olmos, and Joey Zagarino met in high school in 1962, the sky was the limit and rock ‘n’ roll stardom was a record deal away. These three friends forged a life-long friendship that would take them through triumph and tragedy, victory and defeat, success and failure — all in the pursuit of reaching the rock ‘n’ roll dream.

This is not only the story of three dreamers, it is a true tale that shows that success — and life — is about taking it from the top, catching a good groove, and taking it one beat at a time.

Start walkin’ with a few chapters of Walk, Don’t Run right here. And when you’re ready to really rock with Rusty, Eddie, and Joey…

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The Soundtrack Is Included with the Book and the eBook!

wdr-vinyl-recordWalk, Don’t Run: A Rockin’ and Rollin’ Memoir is about passion and dreams — and music. That’s why this incredible book comes complete with an incredible soundtrack!

Yes, when you get the book, you’ll also get the album that The Pacific Ocean recorded, featuring Edward James Olmos singin’ and screamin’ on vocals while Steven “Rusty” Johnson pounds away on the drums.

Every track has been digitally remastered in high-quality mp3 format and beautifully tagged so that it’s ready to be transferred to your favorite music device.

“Purgatory” is a riveting and exciting album that will take you back to a time when the music was loud, the cars were fast, and dreams were a record deal away.

Track List of Album: 16 Tons • Road to Hell • My Shrink • Subterranean Homesick Blues • Track of My Tears • I Can’t Stand It • I Wanna Testify • 99 1⁄2 • Mickey’s Monkey

When you get the book, you also get the nine-song, digitally remastered, high-quality soundtrack of the boys’ album featuring Edward James Olmos on vocals!

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Independent Publisher’s Indie Groundbreaking Book for May 2016!

Wowza! Look at what Independent Publisher, the source about the best books in publishing, has to say about Walk, Don’t Run, which they named their Indie Groundbreaking Book for May 2016 …

  • “With Johnson’s infectious writing style and his palpable love for both his music and his friends, Walk, Don’t Run is a song you’ll want to experience for yourself — probably more than once.”
  • ” I can’t recall a book — fiction or fact — that so perfectly encompasses the feeling of adrenaline and excitement that courses through you when you’re on stage and the house lights are about to come up.”
  • Action-driven paragraphs trade off with Johnson’s best approximations of the conversations he shared with friends, bandmates, and famous musicians over the years.”
  • “It’s a smart authorial decision that makes Walk, Don’t Run a zippy and effortlessly entertaining read.”
  • “For Steven Jae Johnson, though, getting asked to join the Upsets kick-starts a life story of music, dreams, brushes with fame, and unbreakable friendship. The event also serves as the first and most pivotal scene in Walk, Don’t Run, Johnson’s memoir and this month’s indie groundbreaking book.”

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