"The Last Riders On Route 66"
A Novel by Chet Nichols
Copyright © 1999-2000 Chet Nichols. All Rights Reserved
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An Overview - Chet Nichols
During the 1960's, the 1970's and the 1980's, I traveled Route 66 (and subsequent Interstate Routes) as a struggling musician, songwriter, singer, filmmaker and writer. I traveled between Illinois and Oklahoma and Kansas to Los Angeles many times. Sometimes I hitchhiked and sometimes I drove or caught a ride with a friend. As I try to depict in this novel, I learned a lot from that road. It was a classroom that taught me and my friends, the truths of the universe. We began to formulate and recognize our dreams. I still get excited when I think about taking a trip through the Great Southwest in the United States.
I met a lot of interesting people during my travels. The characters in this story are mostly combinations of people I met at one time or another during those years. There are also characters who were created as symbols of the times. There are also characters created from my friends and things they experienced.
In creating the character, Buck Andrews, I combined my personal experiences and the experiences of some of my close friends who used Route 66 to get to California. These friends where also struggling young writers, film makers, artists, and musicians. To all of us who used the road during those years, our impressions and experiences left and indelible mark on our lives to this day.
Also, it is important that you realize that this is a story about places, people, and lifestyles that don't exist any longer. The track that the old Route 66 took is now served by several different interstate freeways. Places where I used to stay along the way, have been torn down years ago. The block that housed the book's hotel and club in Huntington Beach has been torn down and a new, multi-use structure now stands over-looking the ocean. In that way, this story is about change and growth, death and re-birth, how things used to be, and how experiences stay with us over the years.
It's a story about how ideas and people combine, to change their lives and the lives of the people that they share this planet with.
The physical world changes from moment to moment, as do our personal internal worlds. Yet, the struggles and obstacles that humanity has endured still remain the same. Only the setting and the rules change. When you think about it, life is intriguing, delicious, and mysterious. It is something to be loved, studied, and nurtured. Our moments of truth and insight are learned or earned after much hard work or they are exposed to us as flashes of insight from out of nowhere. Go figure.
This story reflects on the road as a backdrop and a center stage of our "humanness". The characters are souls who use their bodies and the road to discover who they are and where they may be headed next. In that way, it is a timeless story of discovery, wonder, illusion, decisions and transformation. The people you will meet are responding to the personal discoveries they make about their spirituality, sensuality, sexuality, and social abilities. In that way, this is a universal tale. Again, please stop by my website....www.chetnichols.net for more information. And stop by...http://www.broadjam.com/chetnichols...to listen to Chet's music. Here you can purchase the songs for $0.99 per song. You can also buy Chet's music at iTunes, Napster, eMusic and many other on-line stores !!
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3. You can also order it thru your local bookstore from the Ingram Press
catalogue. Publisher is Author House. (Note: This my third book and
first novel). Use this book number; ISBN#1-58500-320-4
Right now, you will have to "special order" it from your bookstore because
the Internet demand has been so high, the publisher is trying to catch up
with the demand (which is "a good thing"). We know you will really enjoy this
book. It is about two young men who go on a hitchhiking adventure from
Oklahoma to Southern California during the Spring of 1967, just before Route
66 began it's conversion to the Interstate system. It was a very magical
Finally, if you'd like to get a "Last Riders On Route 66" t-shirt or Magic Garage Music t-shirt, let us know. They are copies of the colorful book cover and Music logo above that Chet Nichols designed. They are made from the highest quality t-shirt material available. For more information, please contact us;
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If you are interested, you may order CD's produced by Chet Nichols.
They contain all original material of lyrics and music composed by Chet.
LISTEN TO CHET'S MUSIC ONLINE !!!The CD's that are available to you are:
1. "Time Loop" - Chet's First album
2. "Wavin' Prairie" - Chet's Second album
3. "Paradise" - Chet's Third album
4. "Lucky Man" - Chet's Fourth album
5. "Modern Progress" - Chet's Fifth album
6. "One Man Band" - Chet's Sixth album
7. "Call Of The Wild" - A Specialty comedy CD
8. "Red Mesa Sunset" - Chet's Eighth album
9. "Earthways" - Chet's Ninth album
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LastRidersOnRt66@aol.com Chet Nichols has also appeared on many TV shows and in many motion pictures
as an actor. Including;"Home Improvement", "Early Edition", "Comedy Central", "The Untouchables",
"Unsolved Mysteries", "Payback", "Good Burger", "Just Visiting", "The Lake House"......and more!
Chet's Stage Performance Resume
Chet has performed as a solo "Opening Act" in concert with:
POCO The Jefferson Airplane The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Jethro Tull Linda Ronstadt B.B. King The Charlie Daniels Band Dan Hicks & The Hotlicks Brewer & Shipley The Ozark Mountain Daredevils It's A Beautiful Day Pacific Gas & Electric Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen George Carlin Steve Martin Mary Travers Country Joe McDonald Big Brother & The Holding Company The Grassroots Hot Tuna Mason Proffit Blue Oyster Cult Southern Comfort John Lee Hooker Richard Pryor John Denver The Guess Who Steve Goodman The Mary Clayton Band The Kansas City Philharmonic ... and more Plus.....
Chet has also worked in recording studios with:
Spencer Dryden Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones) Dave Garabaldi (Tower of Power) Nick Gravenites (Big Brother and The Holding Company) Sal Marquez (The "New" Tonight Show Band) The New Riders Of The Purple Sage Zakir Hussan Jack Schroer (Van Morrison) Henry Lewie (Joni Mitchell) Don Preston (Wings) Stephen Barncard (David Crosby)
About Route 66
There are many great websites available that contain "miles" of information
about "The Road". Use your favorite search engine and type in "Route 66"....
you'll be transported to a search response web site where you can embark
upon a magical surfing expedition. Also, we ask that you seek out the various
Route 66 Organizations and join them. This helps them to maintain interest,
share the history and on-going developments and events that take
place along Route 66.
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