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Bestseller Is On the Way! - November 14, 2018

A Washington, D.C. firm and Rowman and Littlefield have partnered to promote and distribute Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books and to make it available to you.

Bestseller Cover - November 1, 2018

Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books will be published in December. Pre-orders now available.



Review Fix and Digital Art Live Interviews - October 20, 2018

You can find interviews with Bob McParland at Review Fix and Digital Arts Live Issue 31. Review Fix is available online. Digital Arts Live, which has imaginative science fiction art, requests a free subscription. The interviews were conducted in August and are about Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal and on Science Fiction in Classic Rock.


Concert August 4 - August 6, 2018

Bob McParland and Mike Baron performed at the Barn, 530 Sicomac Avenue, Wyckoff, New Jersey on Saturday, August 4 to a receptive and fun audience. "She Believes in Elvis" was followed by sing-alongs of "Good to Have a Friend" and cover songs: "Take It Easy," "Proud Mary," "The Boxer" and The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." The rest of the night was filled with Bob's songs and Mike's tasteful and innovative percussion playing. 




Interview with Digital Arts Live - August 5, 2018

Bob McParland appears in a featured interview with Digital-Arts this week. This online magazine is lavishly illustrated with science fiction imagery and creative artwork. The issue will be posted by mid-week, August 7 and you can see it for free online. The issue will focus on Rock Music and Science Fiction and will include Bob's book Science Fiction in Classic Rock Music

Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music Has Been Published - August 5, 2018

Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music has been published and is available. Bob provides a literary and musicological approach to this widely popular rock music genre that is closely connected with myth. Bob McParland's own music is not heavy metal but he has a lot to say about the mythical and psychological roots of the heavy metal genre. Finding God in the Devil's Music Critical Essays on Rock and Religion will also be published soon. This volume on saints, sinners, and seekers edited by Alex Di Blasi and Bob McParland is expected by September 2018.


New Book: Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology and the Imagination - August 5, 2018

  • Bob McParland's book Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space. Technology, and Imagination, 1967-1982 is now available.


Rock and Religion Book: Finding God in the Devil's Music Will Be Published in August - June 23, 2018

Finding God in the Devil's Music by Alex Di Blasi and Bob McParland collects essays that span popular music from  Pete Townshend of The Who and Black Sabbath to Bob Dylan and Nine Inch Nails, and from The Beatles to the blues, reggae, and punk. This book examines the impact of the spiritual quest in popular rock music across Jewish, Buddhist, Christian and other perspectives. It explores musical creativity, drug use and consciousness, hierophanies of fan response and communal feeling, and the rare power of music to communicate.   

Concert March 3 - February 25, 2018

Bob McParland's birthday concert will be on Saturday, March 3. 8:00 P.M..

CS/The Barn, 530 Sicomac Avenue, Wyckoff, New Jersey with potluck dinner 7 P.M. preceding concert.



Beyond Gatsby In Paperback - December 1, 2017

Beyond Gatsby is now in paperback.

New Book Published: Native Sons to King's Men- The Literary Landscape of 1940s America - November 8, 2017

Book on The Who - August 3, 2017

Bob McParland's essay on Quadraphenia appears in The Who and Philosophy (Lexington, 2016), which is now available.

A Most Hospitable Staff and Audience at Linden Reformed Church, Linden New Jersey - April 23, 2017

Bob McParland and Mike Baron (percussion) performed for an audience in Linden, New Jersey on  Saturday, April 22.. For a first coffeehouse, the Linden Reformed Church did an excellent job of welcoming and providing hospitality for all of its guests.  (Thanks to Arlene Cairns , Pastor Wilfredo Rodriguez, and the entire staff. )

Citizen Steinbeck is Now Available - November 27, 2016

Citizen Steinbeck Giving Voice to the People is now available.

Beyond Gatsby Reviewed In Popular Culture Journal - October 9, 2016


Steinbeck Book Published - October 8, 2016


Library Journal Calls Steinbeck Book A "Fascinating Study"- Citizen Steinbeck Published - October 3, 2016

Citizen Steinbeck Citizen Steinbeck is now available. Library Journal Review (September 1, 2016):

"McParland provides a comprehensive overview of the life and work of John Steinbeck. Yet, what makes this critical study different from other treatments of the novelist is the emphasis on what McParland calls "the public value of Steinbeck's work" and "what readers today may discover in his stories."


Concert - Saturday March 5 - March 10, 2016

Bob McParland appeared in concert at "The Barn" 530 Sicomac Avenue Wyckoff, New Jersey on Saturday, March 5.


Mark Twain's Audience - December 1, 2015


The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema - November 29, 2014

Bob McParland's article on the Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema will appear in a book of that title edited by Matthew Edwards, to be published by McFarland Publishing of Jefferson, North Carolina in Summer 2015.

Beyond Gatsby Publication Planned for April 2015 - November 10, 2014


Mark Twain's Audience- Book Published in October 2014 - November 4, 2014

41zXkYPuvjL__BO2_204_203_200_PIsitb-sticker-.jpgMark Twain's Audience has been published.

Movies in the Age of Obama - October 2, 2014

The book Movies in the Age of Obama has been published and includes Bob McParland's artcile on James Baldwin's writings and the films Django Unchained and Lincoln: "If Django and Lincoln Could Talk." 

Dickens and the Victorian Child - July 12, 2014

"Dickens and the Victorian Child," an essay in The Victorian by Bob McParland, is now available on the World Wide Web. You can also read "Dickens and Opera" in an online journal called "The Human." 'Google' the titles and the author's name and you will find the articles. Charles Dickens's American Audience is cited in Tiffany Eberle Kriner's new book (published July 1, 2014), The Future of the Word: An Eschatoloogy of Reading, Fortress Press and in Jonathan Daniel Wells, in "Charles Dickens and the Transatlantic Debate over Slavery" in Slavery and Abolition (May 2014).

Song for Peace Is Among Finalists in Ireland - July 10, 2014

Bob McParland will join a talented group of finalists with his song for peace, which is among the songs selected for this year's Tipperary Peace Convention activities on Thursday, July 10 in Tipperary Town, Ireland.

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