another shameless plug

I’ve got a new book out.  This one’s a lot more fun than the first one I published  It’s about another youthful obsession I haven’t been able to shake 50 years on, only this time I don’t want to.  That’s Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and all the paths they’ve taken since their ’76 breakup.  The Kindle of this one will set you back two-and-a-half times more than my first.  But there’s way more to it.  Accompanying the 5,116 words, there’s 22 pictures (all but two in color) and 25 music links, including one to their show-stealing 3 song set at the December ’71 Free John Sinclair rally (organized and filmed by John & Yoko) and another to a full radio concert from ’75.

The blurb I wrote for Jeff describes it pretty well:

This is a rollicking reminiscence about the most fun band ever: Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. Conceived in mid-60s Ann Arbor and broken up in late 70s Berkeley, members play on in various guises, with the same joyous enthusiasm that made their concerts the most fun things I’ve ever done. Whether you sample their recordings, or hear them live, Commander’s music is good for you, even if it does not inspire the most responsible behavior.

You can get it at  If you type “Bob Ike” into the Amazon search bar, you’ll get a page of stuff that includes the book on the second line (when I do it).  If you type in the first line of the title – “Lost in the Ozone Again” – the book will pop right up.  “Lost in the Ozone” gets their terrific first album, which closes with a live version of their namesake signature song recorded at the very Hill Auditorium concert where if first saw them 50 years and 2 months ago.  You can get a used CD version for less than the cost of my book.  A good place to start if you’re new to CC&LPA

Be careful not to have Too Much Fun!

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

3 thoughts on “another shameless plug

  1. This is awesome!!
    I don’t have a Kindle – how do I buy just the book?
    Congrats!! You have been very busy!!

    There’s always another way. Watch your e-mail. you can owe me the 2.50. Jeff won’t be happy.


  2. What is CC and LPA?? Oh, I can guess: LPA is long play album? Music gave me a clue! lol
    Looks like a great, fun book! 60s and 70s music is so fun!! I was born 1961.


  3. Thanks for reading! So you made boomer status by 1 year! I think it’s worth 2 and a half bucks. Look at all the new fun music to which you’ll be introduced! That would be “Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen”, but you should know that by now if you’re reading the book.


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