Trilogy of these 3 out of print books /

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I'll include a free digital download of My Avant Garde Beatles Project.

It all began in 1967, playing the drums as a paid professional. I was 16 years old. My Mom bought me my first drumset for my 16th birthday. I was a horrible student and there was no hope for me in the public school system. I was an uncontrollable juvenile delinquent on my way to jail or prison. I gave up on public school after the 6th grade and became a ninth grade dropout. I can only attribute any acquired literacy for reading and writing to a caring teacher, Mrs. Nichols. She was my 5th and 6th grade teacher in Geneva, Florida

After 10 years of playing music I decided to get a formal music education. In 1976 I enrolled in class piano at Seminole Community College. I auditioned, won a music scholarship and a seat in the Florida All State College Jazz Band. I didn’t even have a High School Diploma

I’m writing all of this to say that my education was very unusual.

I’m not proud of it, but I am proud of it

So there you have it

I'm retired from writing. I don’t plan to publish any more books of this type. I only refer to my writing and publishing these books as
“Clearing Out The Morgue”

The stories in my books began life on paper in the 70s. Written, stored and moved from place to place. They eventually became semi organized into paper notebooks, a Commodore 64 word processor, G4 PowerBook, iPad, iPhone and MacBook Pro.

My music & drumming stories from the 60s became: Notes of a Young Drummer 1967-1969

You Play The Drums? These stories are based on music experiences. Written observations of gigs, the road, jazz, avant-garde, blues, people & places.

i the first person: Most of these stories start with the pronoun i, referring to myself.

Are you ser-i-ous? You must be kid-ding! Jok-ing Come on now, No Way!
These are the opposite of I The First Person. I attempt to alleviate the (I) from each story. Many of them written while drinking coffee in a mall, cafe or sitting on a park bench.

The Road Is:

The musician’s life. Playing gigs, travel, clubs, bands, relationships and all of those things musicians experience on their journey. My stories are much the same as other musicians.

This book is dedicated to those musicians

Reflections in the form of brief sentences and paragraphs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR / MUSICIAN

In 1984 - at the age of 34 - Michael Welch was accepted into the Masters Resident study program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He would study for 3-weeks with Jazz Drummer Elvin Jones. Known for his creative drumming in the John Coltrane Quartet. Also participating in the trio of master teachers was Allen Ginsberg and Robert Frank. The poet-writer Ginsberg was a leading figure of the BEAT GENERATION and author of HOWL.

Robert Frank is notable for his 1958 book of photos called THE AMERICANS. He collaborated with Jack Kerouac as the cinematographer on the film PULL MY DAISY and filmed the Rolling Stones on tour in 1972 / an unreleased documentary.

In 1984, Welch knew very little about Ginsberg or Frank, with the exception of recognizing Ginsberg from the 1965 Bob Dylan music film, Subterranean Homesick Blues. During this 3-week experience, Welch was introduced to spoken word poetry. He also became familiar with the black and white photographs of Robert Frank.

Post 1984:

Welch continued a hobby of photography and started research into “Beat” authors Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Hank Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson were also discovered.

In 1989 Welch began to shoot consumer video. The creation of Final Cut and Mac laptop editing would lead to his producing unreleased experimental shorts and other media projects.

In 2001 Welch performed and produced a black & white short film shot in the JACK KEROUAC HOUSE. Using a vintage Arriflex 16 camera like Robert Frank, Welch performed several spoken word drum pieces in the house where Kerouac lived in 1957. From this historic Orlando/College Park house, Jack would take a bus to New York City for the release and review of ON THE ROAD. His life would change overnight.

From 1984 to 2014, Welch produced a self-financed catalog of recorded music and multimedia for his Illegal Radio label. Music and mixed media of Jazz, Avant Garde, Improvisation, Blues, Spoken Word and more.

From 2006 to 2010, Welch organized his 60s memories onto 4x6 spiral notebooks. Notes of a Young Drummer 1966-1969 was published in 2013.



From 2013-2015, Welch authored another 5 books including the 2015 publication of his Robert Frank influenced FLORIDIAN IN PARIS. Black & White images of Paris 2006 and 2008.

Notes of a Young Drummer 1966-1969
Mr. Welch ! Who do you think you are ? (out of print)
Floridian in Paris
You Play The Drums ?
I the first person
Are you serious ?

2015 concludes with his final publication/
“THE ROAD IS”

Documented memories & real experiences of life as a musician playing drums since 1967 at the age of 17.

With the release of these books, Welch is at peace with his collective work in Drumming, Jazz, Avant Garde, Written & Spoken Word, Film, Still Image, Performed and Recorded Music.

Michael Welch thanks the many talented musicians for the opportunity to create music on a variety of bandstands.

2015 - Moving forward:

2015-10 books-Young Mozart Music Station
2017-The Business of Music
2017-Quadragrip 4 Trapset (update from 1980 release)
2017-Boom Boom the Bass Drum
2017-Boom Boom the Bass Drum Instruments of the Orchestra

Welch continues to author and produce his music curriculum called Young Mozart Music Station/Mrmikesmusicmats. Applying his research and classroom teaching of 8 years, 5 days a week. Authored into 10 books and materials to help educators; home school parents and childcare providers teach children age 2 years and up. Though his work is in music the curriculum teaches reading, spelling, math, numbers, geography, rhythm, memory & motor skills, logic, diction, coordination, writing, art, sound dynamics, notation and more. It’s educational and fun.

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In 1984 - at the age of 34 - Michael Welch was accepted into the Masters Resident study program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He would study for 3-weeks with Jazz Drummer Elvin Jones. Known for his creative drumming in the John Coltrane Quartet. Also participating in the trio of master teachers was Allen Ginsberg and Robert Frank. ... more

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