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“On the Guest List” Book Reading/Signing

Published June 16, 2016 by Maryanne

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7 p.m. I’ll be doing a book reading/signing for my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” at Fairfield Library, 261 Hollywood Ave., Fairfield, NJ.

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

“On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” is a fun, upbeat memoir about a girl who loves music and life in general. Maryanne paints a vivid picture of being a teenager in the 1970s and young woman in the 1980s — and how the punk, new wave and rock scene was from a young fan’s viewpoint. Life truly comes together for Maryanne once she creates a career for herself reporting on the music she loves, writing for publications such as The Aquarian Arts Weekly, music.com and Punk magazine. Unlike other music memoirs, there is no downward spiral into drugs and addiction. Nor is it a groupie “tell all.” “On the Guest List” is simply a compilation of mostly happy memories straight from the pages of Maryanne’s diaries — and of course, her heart.

Publishing Contract For “The Gypsy Smiled” With Your Vote!

Published November 18, 2015 by Maryanne

IMG_4772Model Ashley, for possible book cover idea

Hey gang, my third book “The Gypsy Smiled” is ready for publication and if I can get 1000 votes, Something Or Other will give me a publishing contract!

Please vote and share! http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/gypsy-smiled-maryanne-christiano-mistretta/

“The Gypsy Smiled” is the story of Lucretia “Lucy” Christiansen, a singer/guitarist in her mid-20s, trying to make it in the music business in the late 1980s. Because she’s working two jobs to support herself, she can never make it to band practice on time. Therefore, the leader of her all-girl goth outfit, Daughters of Darkness, kicks her out of the band. The creepy thing is — Lucy was warned that this would happen. An eccentric psychic named Gypsy told her so. Lucy is now feeling like a failure and drowning her sorrows by record store hopping. Though she loves gothic music, she’s also a big fan of “oldies” artists like Lou Christie, who she dreams of working with, creatively. During her record shopping trip, a young fellow goth named Dionysus develops a crush on her and starts following her around like a puppy dog. Lucy fails to take him seriously, especially when she finds out he still lives at home. Plus she’s more focused on revving up her musical career than romance. But Dionysus, real name Scott, turns out to be a killer guitarist and wants Lucy to sing in his band. His father is a famous Elvis impersonator, so Scott knows people “in the biz.” Lucy agrees to be in his band, but Scott has more on his mind than being “just friends.” Knowing how career-focused Lucy is, Scott puts his feelings at bay and they work their musical magic together.

Things are going beautifully until Lucy’s former band mates instigate a fight between her and Scott, causing him to wonder if Lucy is just using him as a vehicle to launch her career as a singing sensation.

Lucy desperately seeks help from psychic Gypsy.

Gypsy has the answers but Lucy lacks the trust. Fed up, Gypsy sends Lucy to an all expense paid new age vacation spa in the mountains; where Lucy could find her own answers.

❤ Thanks for your support!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X) and “Love Cats” (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513)

Guest Hosting WRAT’s Electric Ballroom with Keith Roth

Published November 10, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8643With Keith Roth, September 2015

THIS Sunday, November 15, 8 p.m. New Jersey friends and family can listen! I’m co-hosting The Electric Ballroom, WRAT 95.9 FM with Keith Roth!

From Keith Roth: Electric Ballroom ,11-15-15, This Sunday, 8:00 PM Eastern,Co-Host,Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta,She returns to the Ballroom, with the Release of Her Book (Love Cats),will discuss The Book,as well as Her upcoming Books,The 80’s and More,Also Giveaway’s of The New Rolling Stones,From The Vaults ,Tokyo 1990, CD/DVD!!! we came up with a Great Playlist that Includes The Clash,The Monkees,Lou Reed,David Bowie, Lou Christie,Joey Ramone,Tom Jones,The Smiths,NY Dolls,T-Rex,The Sweet,Rolling Stones,Alice Cooper, Ramones,Tommy James,New Dictators NYC,Love & Rockets,Pretenders,Bauhaus,The Cure,The Damned, Rocket From The Tombs,Lords Of The New Church and More!!! Come On Now ,What A Show,What A Show!!!!! NJ/NY WRAT 95.9 FM, wrat.com click on listen live!

“Love Cats” is available on Amazon in paperback or kindle versions: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

My first book “On the Guest List” is also on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Book Reading/Signing Verona Library, Verona, New Jersey

Published August 4, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8178Beautiful photo by Diane Barros

Thanks so much to Catherine and The Verona Library for having me do a book reading and signing for my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Catherine was so cool she even set up a VIP area for me with spring water and organic grapes!

SAM_8171Catherine (left) and myself

SAM_8176Me and Jacqueline

I finally got to meet Jacqueline, who said she was my “biggest fan.” We met on Face Book over a year ago! Thank you Jacqueline for supporting both “Guest List” and my new book “Love Cats” and bringing along your posse!

My friend Brian Bailey came too! We met each other when I was 16 and standing in line to meet new wave group Blotto, famous for their big hit, “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard.”

Also, my good friends, Gerard & Diane Barros were in attendance! Check out their music, they’re incredible talents: http://www.barrosmusic.com/

SAM_8175Thanks for your support!

Proceeds of sales for “Love Cats” from last night’s event went to various animal organizations in honor of the death of Cecil the Lion.

Copies of “Love Cats” are available in paperback and on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

More Love for “Love Cats”!

Published July 28, 2015 by Maryanne

Jacqueline - Love Cats by pool“Love Cats” reader Jacqueline Castan enjoys by the poolside with a treat!

Once again, “Love Cats” reader Jacqueline Castan posted an awesome picture showing her support for my second book on Face Book!

Thanks so much, Jacqueline! I love ya!

“Love Cats” is available in paperback and on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

back cover proof CORRECT“Love Cats” back and front cover

The Rezillos, Wonder Bar, Asbury Park New Jersey 7-9-15

Published July 10, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7982The Rezillos

Guitarist Jim Brady, Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds on lead vocals

Amazing!

I was so excited to see this band, because I had seen “The Revillos” version back in 1981 at the old Peppermint Lounge in NYC when I was just 18. The two versions of the bands had the same singers, Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife, and different musicians. The Revillos was a later version of the band and they were incredible (and back then I was right in the front as I was last night!)

The current line-up is:

Fay Fife: Vocals, Theremin
Eugene Reynolds: Vocals
Jim Brady: Lead guitar, Backing Vocals
Chris Agnew: Bass
Angel Paterson: Drums

And so, last night, I was able to see the Rezillos line-up! A punk-new wave band from Scotland who to me sound slightly like the B-52s on steroids. Such tight, outrageous musicians, each and everyone of them.

Their songs are so much fun and upbeat, which I love! We always need more fun in this world. My favorites included: Flying Saucer Attack, No, Top of the Pops, My Baby Does Good Sculptures, River Deep Mountain High, and as an encore, Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight.

I was right in the front dancing my little heart out. I haven’t sweat like that at a show in ages! I almost got hit in the head by Jim Brady’s guitar. And after the show I said to him jokingly, “Thanks for not hitting me.” We laughed about how close it was. And he complimented my dancing.

I also met the incredible Fay Fife! After all these years she’s still beautiful and super cool, as you can see her great outfit! I told her she was an “inspiration!”

I didn’t meet Eugene, but he smiled at me in passing after the show. I didn’t meet the bassist either. It was so casual and not such a big crowd, but so many fans were surrounding them to chat, as this isn’t a band that comes to New Jersey very often.

Fay, Jim Brady and the drummer Angel Paterson autographed their set list for me. All such very nice, genuine people.

It was a great audience! I saw a girl there that I recognized from the Anabella Lwin show a few years back. Another girl came up to me and hugged me because she was so happy. As was I! It was such a wonderful, positive evening! My husband enjoyed them too. He wasn’t familiar with their music and let me go right to the front stage while he hung in the back. But every time I turned to meet his eyes, smile and wave, he had a big smile on his face. He loved the band!

Here is their website: http://www.rezillos.rocks/index.html

SAM_7980Drums: Angel Paterson, Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds, Bass: Chris Agnew

SAM_7987Angel Paterson

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SAM_7995The Wonder Bar

And even though I took photos with the band, I’m not sharing them because I sweat so much from dancing and jumping around I look like a drowned rat! Ha-ha-ha! My husband said I still have the energy of a teenager! Well, with the Rezillos, it ain’t hard!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

My First Fiction Book — Available on Amazon and Kindle!

Published May 27, 2015 by Maryanne

back cover proof CORRECTLove Cats (front and back)

Hey Gang!

Love Cats is published and available for orders! Thanks for your support!

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/