Introducing Diz!

A new book is on its way! Published by Beatnpress, an experimental book culled from many hand written notes that consist of extracts from short stories, poems and film scripts. This non linea novella tells the tale of Diz – a young trumpet player who leaves his mundane life in Manchester, England, to spontaneously fly to New York and find himself. Roll forward 5 years. He is still in America. He is beginning to make a name for himself as a musician. Commissioned to write a Jazzy score for a movie – he takes on challenges he did not expect. Memories are evoked, and his past seems to be looming ever larger in his present day life. Vignettes crafted together build up the tale of his recent past, his mental health and the truth he is trying to escape from. Can those around him help him when it matters most?

In other news UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy recently published by Beatnpress

Has continued to be a success and is so far the bestselling book at Beatnpress. It sold out of its first print run, and should sell out of its second print run soon, as half of the second print run is already accounted for – and this is before the new run has been delivered from the printers! The books should be arriving tomorrow or Thursday and will begin being shipped out to customers as soon as they arrive. So, if you want a copy go to http://www.beatnpress.co.uk today and get your order in quick.

More news and updates to come later this week.

JD.

New Books, and a New Start

Hi JD here. Beatnpress is evolving and the road ahead looks varied, inspirational and exciting!

Tomorrow May 31st you will be able to Pre order UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy from http://www.beatnpress.co.uk

This book is a departure from previous publications by Beatnpress – but still has all those ingredients that tick the boxes that make up the Beatnpress vision.

UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy available from http://www.beatnpress.co.uk

It is full of hope, aspirations, and life. Music is at its core and a personal journey evolves on the page that is as relatable, as it is fascinating. What’s more the book has been produced to raise money for a worthwhile cause. That being raising money for St Margaret’s hospice in Taunton.

The book will be retailing for £21 and has never seen before photos, and a foreword written by Robin Campbell.

Another recent publication is my book Pop Versus Subterranean – which I am pleased to say is, receiving some favourable comments. A collection of Modernist Beat Poetry that explores many topics and the relationship between Popular culture and the underground. From Art – to music, to politics and the Pandemic it is a series of thirty poems that either provoke or inspire.

Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley

The first book to be published by Beatnpress that isn’t written by my good self is – in my humble opinion is something to celebrate. It also means that there could be opportunities for other aspiring writers. This new start could mean that a New Beat Generation can be realised. So, if you are an author, a poet, or someone that wants to see their Memoirs in print. Please email info@beatnpress.co.uk

Thanks

JD.

The Old Tin Sandwich

I have been so busy of late, working on several projects at once. You see with the Covid era we have been through, and the hours of not working at the “day job” because of furlough – it was necessary to keep active. To be creative, and occupied. So, as a writer and poet, it was a time of productivity. From writing articles for zines, to self publishing another book of poetry, to collaborating with other writers, and even recording a track for a spoken word album. On top of that I am working on a third novel, editing two books of my own, and helping a mate out with publishing a memoir written by his late wife for charity.

So, you can see. I haven’t been lazy, just watching Netflix and Amazon Prime the whole time.

The track for the spoken word album is called

A Dance With The Devil Called Chance, which appears on the new Croydon Tourist Office compilation Friends Of Croydon Tourist Office

Friends Of Croydon Tourist Office

This track is a whopping eight minutes and eight seconds long, and is an extract from another forthcoming book titled The Forgotten Whisper On The Wind, my third collection of Pulp Fiction Poetry. But, anyway I digress. With my latest collection of poetry Pop Versus Subterranean having recently been published, I realised that under my own imprint I had published ten books since 2016.

I had had the idea of my own small publishing press since the mid 90s, when I had embarked on trying to be a writer.

As those of you who have read my blog over the last few years, you will have seen that I am inspired by the Beat Generation, and being brought up in the 70s , I had developed that Punk attitude of doing it for yourself.

From my conscious decision came the idea of Beatnpress. So, naturally when I began to self publish I developed my “brand”. I had aspirations to not only write, but to help other writers. However, I had lacked the confidence to really go for it. That is, until now. When life was paused, it made me evaluate. I considered what I wanted to do. I saw what I had managed in recent years, but didn’t want to go backwards. I was more determined than ever to try and make things work. Opportunities come your way, and sometimes you need something to kick your behind – so that you can really make those dreams and aspirations come true.

By creating http://www.beatnpress.co.uk I have provided myself, not only a platform for myself, but hopefully in the future, a platform for others.

Something that, at the moment gives me a sense of pride.

Anyway. I am sure readers, you are wondering what all this has to do with an old “Tin Sandwich”? Well. Nothing really – apart from recently I wrote a poem that I thought I would share at the end of this post. 😊

The Old Tin Sandwich
Clamped between the lips
The tongue bending as the note is found.
The vibration waves through the
Comb
Then the Blues wails
With its responsive sound.
A rhythmic backbeat
Is found by stomping feet, claps or drums.

Yes the harmonica hums.
The he haw
See saw
And a bit of wah wah
Hollow cheeks filled and then empty
Giving the sound plenty-
Streaming across the teeth
Cupped hands
Wave
Fanning the passion
And
The emotion
As nearby
A Guitar simply weeps.
The hum is electric
As a crowd watches on.
The eyes are closed
Where did that note come from?
Is it a spiritual
A sound from the past?
Is it an echo of anguish
Or a triumphant sound?
Is it from down low
From beneath the ground?
Is it from the core.
Hunched over in midnight blue
A musician puts a spell on you.
The knee jerk of the call and response.
The onlooker may give a whoop of appreciation
Or just a silent nod
But either is alright
When it’s music that can be loved,
And the rhythms wash over you.
The Old Tin sandwich
Is never stale
When you learn to breathe life into the Cosmos.
©Jason Disley (April 2021)

The Old Tin Sandwich

Beatnpress Publishing!

At last I am taking things up a notch! Finally with a webstore at http://www.beatnpress.co.uk my books are available (subject to availability) from me direct.

It has been my intention to expand my publishing endeavours, albeit in a small way. With my books of poetry available, and selected publications by other writers on the Beatnpress imprint – I hope to see things expand, Books that interest likeminded people, usually associated with music in some way.

New stock will be added in the coming weeks, and announcements will be made on this blog which is linked to the site.

UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy

The first book to be published by Beatnpress that isn’t written by Jason Disley will be a memoir written by a Superfan of one of the most popular Reggae bands in the world. UB40 (A Legal Drug) by Tanya Kennedy was originally self published in 1995, and after losing a battle to cancer, her husband, Andy, asked that I help him reissue it as a tribute to her, and, as a way to raise money for St Margaret’s hospice in Taunton.

Naturally I felt honoured to be asked to help, and I have to say, the book is such a great read! With a foreword by Robin Campbell one of the founding members of UB40, and an Afterword by UB40 band member Martin Meridith. This book gives a personal insight into teenage obsession, and the way in which Music can shape a person’s life. The highs, the lows and sense of adventure permeates the book.

More details and the official launch date for Tanya’s book will be announced soon.

No more “Beating” about the Bush – I am here to promote my work!

So I have published my latest collection of poetry.

Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley out now!

It is a great feeling producing a book and seeing it in the flesh. Published through my own imprint Beatnpress. This book is a really honest collection. I am proud of it, because it has been created during what has been a tumultuous year for so many people.

As poet and artist Becky Nuttall writes:

Jason covers all the current major themes in ‘Pop Versus Subterranean’ – everything we have lived through and our thoughts in the last months ; the Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the Government, reflections on love, youth, the Jazz Age, suburban life , the influence of Pop Art, the Cosmos – understanding how we need to recreate our own space – virtual, fantasy or reality.

From the Foreword of Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley (2021)

The intention is a collection that is relevant and up to date, but also explores the nature of what is popular, and what is considered Subterranean or Underground. Its about being innovative and striving for success, but not necessarily selling out.

As with most of my work there is a musicality and use of rhythms often likened to Jazz. I am a self styled Beat Poet, and I wear my influences on my sleeve.

Of all my poetry collections, this one is perhaps one that reflects the way I think the most. I have also been very creative with the design of the cover. Using Pop Art style motifs similar to Peter Blake and colours I have tried to link the interior with the cover in an artistic way. The arrows and the red circle are a nod to the influence Paul Weller has had on my work.

The image of Paul Weller wearing on the cover of This Is The Modern World shows Paul wearing a jumper with two arrows and a badge on the front.

I chose a reinterpreted simplified version for the main image. When creating this cover. It’s not an exact copy. The arrows differ in size on the book cover because the meanings inferred by the image in relation to the books title are different than the Pop Art/Punk ethos Paul Weller is implying. It is also reversed as I did not want to be seen as copying an idea, but taking it as an artistic influence.

If you are interested in Pop Versus Subterranean you can either use the contact form on the menu of this page and make a request for signed copies or go to lulu.com where the book is printed and dispatched on demand.

Pop Versus Subterranean

The book cover design.

There is a new collection of what I term “Modernist Beat Poetry” coming out on March 26th. It is available via Beatnpress.

It is a collection that delves into various topics and thoughts during the last twelve months. The world is very much changed, as society has had to come to grips with the Covid 19 Pandemic. So, in this book some of the events and my personal perceptions are revealed. Such as, the Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the Government, reflections on love, youth, the Jazz Age, suburban life , the influence of Pop Art, the Cosmos – understanding how we need to recreate our own space – virtual, fantasy or reality.

It is not unlike other books I have written, as there are elements of musicality in my poetry. I am fascinated by society, culture and art, and write honestly, sharing things as I perceive them. During lockdown, we all have moments of fear, horror, hope and yearning. Thereabout comes senses of rebellion and at times even confrontation. But, there are also moments of optimism and hope. Life is complicated, and as a writer I search for understanding. There are also moments where I drift into surrealism.

However the main focus in the book is the relationship between Popular culture, and underground culture. What is underground today, could be the popular culture of tomorrow. There are nods to Pop Art, and some quite Avant-garde ideas, as well as the fickleness of Pop. More niche ways of thinking are looked at by society with suspicion yet are equally valid. Underground movents or subcultures can express amazing wisdom and foresight. Some will disappear, but others will grow in popularity.

Jason Disley poet.

This book is like a collection of verbal photographs, it is a series of moments and thoughts made during 2020 – 2021, that I have recorded and chosen to share.

Pop Versus Subterranean the new book by Jason Disley

I hope though, that the work serves to inspire, and in a small way educate. Like my literary heroes, I believe in the art of expression. I self styled myself as a modern day Beat Poet because I have similar tastes to those that went before me. I live to live, and wholeheartedly take on board experience – no matter whether it is good or bad. I live in the moment, and take each day as it is. During the Pandemic, as with many of you out there, there have been difficult days, and days that seem easier. Creativity has helped me. As I am sure many of you out there have also been productive. This is the fruit of my labour. I hope you like it and whether it stays underground or becomes popular is not up to me. I just want it to be read, and hopefully appreciated.

The collection has a wonderful foreword written by poet and artist Becky Nuttall, who is also a curator of exhibitions and helps run Stanza Extravaganza, a (before Covid) regular spoken word event in Torbay. She has her own collection called Nick’s Gift – which I highly recommend. It is available from Amazon.

Pop Versus Subterranean will officially be available from Lulu.com as of 26th of March. It is also available via myself and in a few weeks time from various other online retailers.

The book retails at £10.99 +pp

Please send me a message if you would like a copy.

Here is the title poem. Pop Versus Subterranean:

The title poem: Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley

Thanks for reading.

Jason Disley.

My Debut Album: Speakeasy

Speakeasy by Jason Disley – Available now!

It is now available! The spoken word album that began as a concept back in 2016.

When I was approached after sharing a poem on a popular social network, and asked if I would like to record something. I jumped at the opportunity. It was something that had never really crossed my mind. But, as soon as it was proposed, I thought – yes! So then Rick Blackman – the musician and producer who had proposed the idea – and I got to work on teaming up original compositions with my poetry. So it began – a fulfilling and exciting period of creativity. It was a project that was done over long distance. Rick lived up in the north west of the UK and I lived in the South West. But with the use of today’s technology we were soon able to work well together, swapping ideas and doing our best to create an interesting body of work. Both Rick and I love music and have an affinity with various styles of music. Both of us are interested in the history of British subcultures, especially the mid twentieth century. This is reflected in some of the music on the album. There are many nods to those periods. There is also a very European feel to it, and with one track – Breathless there is a real sense of French cinema in the music. In fact Breathless is read in French by Gabriela Giacoman – the lead singer of the French band French Boutik. Serge Hoffman, also of French Boutik also adds his voice at the start of the album, supplying and setting the scene with an introduction that allows the listener to imagine the album has been recorded live in a club in Paris.

To add to this, fellow writer Jason Brummell has kindly written a fictional scene as a foreword to the twelve page booklet that is included with the CD.

When Adam Cooper, the head honcho at Heavy Soul Records heard the demos and agreed to releasing the album. You can imagine how thrilled I was. This was an incredible moment. I was at the beach with my family when I received the call. You can imagine how I was when I heard the news. I was jumping up and down in my swim shorts on the beach. Onlookers probably thought I was trying to invent a new dance! I was that elated. Even with the yes, due to the schedule and the album taking its place in the run of things, it took another year for this release date to arrive. In the meantime I have worked hard at improving my craft. Becoming more comfortable with performance, (I even host a regular spoken word evening called Speaky Blinders) and have written quite prolifically. Returning to these poems will be a joy as I endeavour to share what is on the album in the coming months.

Here is just one of the tunes off the album for you

The Weekend – from Speakeasy by Jason Disley with music by Rick Blackman

Buy Speakeasy here! Heavy Soul Records

More news about Speakeasy soon.

JD.

Echoes Of Sea Shore Tides: spoken word and Our Place In The Seven Heavens.

I recently submitted a couple of poems to an exhibition at Artizan Gallery in Torquay which was curated by poet and artist Becky Nuttall and fellow poet Robert Garnham.

I was thrilled to have my poems included in the exhibition which juxtaposed the poetry with fine pieces of artwork.

The exhibition is a fantastic celebration of placing either yourself or the area of Torbay in a celestial place beneath the Moon. The whole nature of the exhibition was open for broad interpretation as all art should be. Provoking stimulus, whether it be memories, places, or

simply now.

Artizan Gallery website

The two poems I submitted were The Echo Of Sea Shore Tides, and The System AKA Grockle Town.

The first, Echo – is relating to life in a seaside town, the microcosm of rock pools, the way life changes with the Tides which are of course ruled by the moon. It reflects how the order of life can be changed, and yet there is always a glimmer of hope even when the natural order has been disturbed.

Provided by Jacob Brandon @artizangallery poem written by Jason Disley

The other poem was a poem inspired by a film and novel titled The System which was inspired and written about life in Torbay during the 1960s. The screen play was written Peter Draper, who also happens to be Becky Nuttall’s Father. She told me that her father actually coined the term “Grockle” which has since been entered into dictionaries meaning : a noun Grockle: derogatory term for holiday maker usually visiting Devon or Cornwall.

Now I myself used to visit Torbay as a child in the seventies and eighties, before moving to Devon in the nineties. I had seen first hand the way the local lads would charm the holiday makers looking for fun, romance and excitement. I myself upon moving here I will unashamedly admit behaved in a similar manner as I was a young single man looking to have fun. So, when I was given the opportunity to write a poem about Torbay The System came to mind. I have read both the book and watched the movie, and from my own experiences growing up felt suitably inspired.

The poem can be seen on display as part of the Exhibition which I highly recommend, and not just because I have a couple of poems on display there, but because there is a great mix of wonderful art and words on display.

The System starring Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow

The novel The System by John Burke and taken from the screenplay by Peter Draper

The back cover of the Pan edition of The System

I will be appearing at Artizan Gallery on Monday the 20th of May as part of a Live event that will include music and poetry.

I will be performing poems from my new collection Chaos Reigns Supreme. The poems that are in this exhibition and some poetry from previous collections.

JD.

News: Chaos Reigns Supreme and a Heavy Soul…

Chaos Reigns Supreme

I am back!

And…

I have a new collection of poetry out! It will be officially launched on May 7th. I can’t wait to get it out there for people to read.

It has been a while since I have posted anything here – Something I should rightly apologise for. So, I am sorry. I promise not to take so lo g before I write something here again.

It has simply been, that I have been extremely busy of late, and, it really doesn’t look like the workload is going to change anytime soon either! Which is a good thing. Its good to keep busy. I have recently completed the sequel to my novel Seven Day Fool a book called Take It Or Leave It, It has been sent to the publisher. I have also been performing regularly at spoken word events. I recently took part in the Torbay March Of The Mods event at the end of last month, which saw as usual a group of like minded people helping raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a very worthy cause.

As well as all that – I have collated the twenty five poems that are in this new collection. Chaos Reigns Supreme.

The book is titled after a poem I wrote and have performed a few times at spoken word events. It’s subject matter reflecting the current state of affairs in the UK, and Europe. Here is that very poem that inspired the collection.

Chaos Reigns Supreme (The Bongo Edit)

The collection isn’t all doom and gloom though. There is light and shade as it deals with many aspects of life. It doesn’t shy away from moral panics, but also looks at existence and the necessity of hope. Poems with titles such as Things Are Changing, and A Positive Flame, are in there, as well as poems such as Knife Crime, and If Poems Were Bullets. It is a collection that reflects society at a time when Chaos does seem to be everywhere. But, the truth is – there should always be a glimmer of hope. A voice of reason for us all. The book is my voice of reason, with honesty at its core. It is a book that apparently

Combines the rhythms of 1950s Beat Poetry, with a fresh look at modern life, and illustrates them brilliantly with his verse (Pulp Magazine)

The book can be ordered here:

Chaos Reigns Supreme by Jason Disley on Amazon

Heavy Soul!

At long last the wait for my debut album to be released is almost over. Adam Cooper the head honcho at Heavy Soul! Records confirmed recently that Speakeasy is the next album to be released on the label. The poems that are on this unique spoken word album were written many years ago. In fact a couple of them were in my first publication way back in 1996! So, finally sharing them via an album is a big deal for me. The music that accompanies them was written and produced by Rick Blackman. A man whose musicianship, knowledge and creativity is simply superb. He is a true modernist with always a view to moving things on, not standing still and takes those recognisable elements of the past and shapes them into wonderful new things. It has been an honour to do this collection. Which I have mentioned in various other articles I have written previously.

Heavy Soul Records 2019 releases

So, that is my news for now. Please feel free to purchase any of my books that are available online. Or contact me for info on performances etc.

Until the next time

All the best.

Jason.

P. S.

For more news about Heavy Soul go to

Heavy Soul! Records

They have some fantastic music available.

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman – Speakeasy to be released in 2019…

Speakeasy the new album by Jason Disley/Rick Blackman available 2019 from Heavy Soul Records

It’s a long time coming – but the debut album by yours truly will be worth the wait, trust me.

Mixing Modernist Beat Poetry with music provides a Spoken Word album that is different, and full of diverse poetry that will resonate with some of you out there. It’s a concept album – its a performance in a club in Paris, somewhere by the left bank and starts with an introduction by Serge Hoffman from French Boutik, and then goes into a series of poems all accompanied by original music written and performed by Rick Blackman. The slick music enhances my poetry and elevates it. There is a mixture of the serious, the not so serious, and the surreal, all served with that outlook of the Mod scene. It’s about looking to the past, wearing your influences on your well tailored sleeves before moving things forward along a path of your own choosing. It’s speaking easy about what you believe. It’s living in the now and having ambition. Even if that ambition is literally only a moment away.

It’s a project that came about by chance and is a body of work that I am proud of. I am really looking forward to sharing it, and hope listeners and readers alike will dig this album as much as Rick and I do.

One of the poems included on the album is

The Weekend

It’s about wanting to have a good time. To experience those moments that are an escape from the mundane. It is a look at existence and how we need to fill our week with memories that are fulfilling. The poem first appeared in my book Runaway Soul!

Runaway Soul available here.

Here is a version of The Weekend accompanied by a series of images that are a slice of what Modernist Beat Poetry is about:

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman on YouTube.

Also – here is the poem:

The Weekend.

Desirous of the escapism
Of mad deeds
That sow the seeds
Of new adventures.

Urban sojourns
Into the
Neon nights filled with
Sharp beating
Hearts and the haunts
Of great troubadours.

Into the city
Music
Flows
But only in those
Pockets
That are not cloaked by
The mainstream.

For those pockets hold
The soul
The wonder of life
That reaffirms an existence
Through the mediums of
Music, dance and style.

The stage is set
The kicks
Kick in and
The weeks end
Flows to the
Will of
Dyonisus
And pleasure.

The mediocrity of
The existential life
Of routine
Dissipates
Until the
New dawn breaks
And the light
Shines on the harsh
Reality
Showing us the cracks
In the decaying
Decaying world
Only we
Ourselves
Have constructed.

That is why they say

“Life is what you make it”

For now I will
Be the architect of
My own ontology

Bringing about a happiness
That I hope can be shared.

(Jason Disley 2016)

The album Speakeasy will be available sometime in 2019. There will be a single released prior to the album and they will both be released by

Heavy Soul Records

So, yes exciting times ahead!

2019 looks like it’s going to be an exciting year.

For now, Seasons Greetings and keep on keeping on, as that is always the best way. JD.