Mark Zero's novel

Give the Drummer Some

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Mouse Watkins is the leader of the Bad Apples, the funkiest old school soul band in St. Louis. For twenty years, he’s been laying down smoking grooves, tasty rhythms and gutbucket funk in dance clubs up and down the Mississippi, always one break away from the Big Time. But Mouse is starting to wonder if his break will ever come.

His best friend has disappeared with the Bad Apples’ last dollar, his tour van won’t start and a groupie stole his only warm coat at the band’s last show. Now, with no stomach for starting over (again) and a bleak winter on the horizon, Mouse washes up in East St. Louis, exactly where he started two decades ago. His dreams have come to nothing. Or have they?

Give the Drummer Some is an odyssey into the heart of pop music and the soul of St. Louis, a book about the choices all artists, even great artists, have to make when the brilliant spotlight of stardom fails to shine on them.

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Give the Drummer Some breaks through clichés and stereotypes to find real soul.” —Melissa Taylor, Music Video Director

“Give Mark Zero Some, and by some, I mean a round of applause for another superb book.” —LL Book Review

“Mark’s writing is charming and a delight to read.” — Joy Williams, author of Breaking and Entering

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