The Last Alchemist

Available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Book Baby, and other online book sellers. Also available in select U.S. public libraries.: Amherst, bronxville, charlotte, chattanooga, central kansas, nyack, sacramento, and others.

The perils of antisemitism are revealed and the true identity of a Nazi doctor and dissident, the alchemist, is discovered. Jake, Tom, Laura, and Ali are swept up in a dangerous mystery.

This novel recalls the lebensborn project: an attempt by Nazi Germany to develop a blonde-blue eyed 'Aryan' future. The lebensborn project cast into a quandary several thousand individuals born of Scandinavian mothers and Polish mothers who were mated with German Nazi officers. 

Rock Music Imagination

Rock Music Imagination by Bob McParland is available.


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The People We Meet in Stories

Literary Characters That Defined the 1950s

A cultural history of 1950s America through the novels and notable fictional characters of the decade. 

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 50 Year Quest: Music to Change the World

In celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the first CSN&Y album and Woodstock. Published May 28, 2019.


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Finding God in the Devil's Music

A collection edited by Bob McParland with Alex Di Blasi with essays on rock and religion by a variety of musicologists and religious studies scholars.



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Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books


Rowman and Littlefield

Bob McParland's Bestseller is published by Rowman and Littlefield. 

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Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology and the Imagination 1967-1982

Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology, and the Imagination 1967-1982 takes a look at how rock music has employed images and sounds, myths and stories, from science fiction. Artists discussed include David Bowie, Pink Floyd, ELO, Rush, Jefferson Starship, Blue Oyster Cult, Alan Parsons Project, Iron Maiden, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Moody Blues, Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix. The book explores rock fan culture, archetypes, adventure, science fiction, mythology, popular culture, and the forgotten language of dreams.  


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Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music

Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music investigates the wide range of uses of myth by heavy metal bands. This book explores creativity as it takes the form of the loud, the heroic, the legendary, and draws inspiration from ancient mythologies. Power, noise, and rebellion are linked with myth across dozens of bands, including Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, speed metal, death metal, and metal precursors Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.



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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics


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