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Flight 505: a novella by [Bohem, Leslie]
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Length: 130 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Billy Sooner made it big. Mickey and Al were left behind. In a bid to recapture the past, they hope to reunite on stage at Madison Square Gardens, before Mickey’s shady past and bingo dauber heroin send them on a trip they can’t come back from.

Flight 505 is bloody, bleak, meditative, funny, and, on one level or another, all about music, musicians, and the glory and damage of their world.

What People Are Saying About Flight 505:

"Les Bohem writes a story with the same easy style that people share them in conversation. In Flight 505, he brought me back to the noir and punk rock-informed Los Angeles of my youth, with recognizable characters and situations as though he were describing an actual night we’d been at the same place at the same time. This is no romantic memory; it is, instead, a richer, in-depth portrayal of a scene and late 20th Century American Dream of “making it” in rock n roll. Much more than “rock n roll fiction,” Flight 505 is a cautionary tale about knowing oneself and being able to live to tell."—Theresa K.

"Flight 505 pays dark homage to the Southern California post-punk music scene. Through the story of three band-mates drawn to Los Angeles during its rock club heyday, Les Bohem skillfully deconstructs the adolescent male’s archetypal dream of rock and roll stardom. Bohem’s prose carries the cautionary weight of his having been there. The problem with most rock and roll fiction is that it invariably falls prey to its own self-importance. Flight 505 begs to differ." —Rodney Crowell

"Every dirty club floor, cheap beer and chronic loser truly lives and breathes in this story, and Les’ amazing recollection of and attention to detail are so impeccable if you weren’t in L.A. back in the ’80s, you’ll certainly feel as if you are… and if you weren’t in a band, well, this is what it was like. A great read." —Johnette Napolitano

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Upper Rubber Boot Books (1 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010INJ9BY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN THE ROLLING STONES 7 September 2015
By dave clark - Published on
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i just read "flight 505." this is a must read for anyone with a pair of eyes and a heart.
this is a more than a rock and roll story. this is what it's like. i should know. i too was in a
band, not in the 80's when this story takes hold, but in the sixties. why the author, les bohem,
didn't call the book "bits and pieces" is beyond me. i still give this read five stars. can't wait for the movie!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beautiful thing about Leslie Bohem's novella 7 September 2015
By H. M. Drain - Published on
Crossing the world of prose and rock & roll can be a haphazard affair. The tendencies for hamboned cliches and characters about as fleshed out and compelling as a sinner starring in a Jack Chick tract. Etc. The beautiful thing about Leslie Bohem's novella, FLIGHT 505, is that while it is a work dealing with characters from a rock & roll, so LA world, it respects you too much to play you as some pulp reading chump. Smart storytelling, flesh and blood characters and a writing style that is singularly Bohem's and if you have read his past fictive work or any of his songs, then you know you are in good hands. If the true to life world of musicians or simply wholly unique, standout writing is your thing, then definitely check out FLIGHT 505.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Really great. 20 September 2015
By joshephine smith - Published on
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From the first sentence to the last, I could not put this book down. The writing is so clear and concise and pure. It’s fun to read something this sparse, yet specific. The personalities are great. The setting is so richly detailed. And the tone is pitch-perfect. Honest. This is a remarkably well-observed story about dreams, age, friendship and life. Just an amazing piece of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating tale of musicians and self-destruction 13 September 2015
By Jennifer Lam - Published on
This is a riveting, dark story of three friends whose lives are changed forever years after they were in a band. The narrative voice is authentic and compelling as it takes us through this in-depth look at these musicians' lives. The characters are unique yet familiar in their self-destructiveness… so much so that I just couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend!! Can't wait to read more by Leslie Bohem.
5.0 out of 5 stars An “On the Road” for the rock ‘n roll generation 18 December 2015
By Casey Dorman - Published on
An “On the Road” for the rock ‘n roll generation, Flight 505 is a cross between 60’s hard rock metal and country western “outlaw” riff. It’s a cross-country journey by two aging former musicians to join the third member of their band—the one who made it big—at his concert in Madison Square Garden. It’s a journey filled with nostalgia and flashbacks to the wild days of touring and also filled with the yearning for those days, the anger that only one of them “made it,” and the regressive return to drugs. It’s poignant but gritty, real but filled with dreams—lost and revived. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s as paradoxical as the lives of the three characters who make up the story.