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Next Big Blog Hop Interview: Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff on Tearing Down the Wall

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I haven’t been blogging a lot in recent months, but due to the rather curious participation of a few writing friends in a Blog Hop event, I decided to participate by interviewing the rather curious LA-based writer, musician and producer Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff. I first became aware of Mark’s writing by way of the podcasted version of his pulp action novel Number One With a Bullet, a story where a bunch of assassins were killing each other for a grandprize, with enough quirks and twists to keep things interesting. After listening to and reading some of his other work, it became apparent that he is a busy man that writes within a bunch of different genres and styles.

1). WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR BOOK? Tearing Down The Wall - Cover 500

Tearing Down The Wall: The Contemporary Guide to Decoding Pink Floyd – The Wall One Brick at a Time


2). WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK COME FROM? 
 
Years ago I began noticing all of the hidden literary references in the Pink Floyd album, “The Wall.” Lyrics that referred to books like “Lord of the Flies” and “Brave New World” along with various references to Freud, Kafka, Sartre. Plus, as a former composer of music for TV, I was hearing so many instances where elements in the music were painting images like a film score is supposed to and it became apparent these things weren’t there by accident. As I began to look deeper at where these references and the music intersected with the narrative, I found several hidden philosophical meanings buried in the music that spoke of something much bigger, something very universal. Far from just being this story about a drugged-out rock star who goes crazy, “The Wall” is actually about how the world will take from you and beat you down emotionally and how your human defense mechanism of isolating yourself and putting up a wall around you causes even more harm and has the potential to turn you into a monster, things you may not realize until it is too late. It’s an allegory about how losing your identity and sense of self can lead to losing your humanity and dragging down those around you. As a storyteller and musician, I felt there was a very unique angle I could bring to a detailed analysis of one of rock’s greatest musical masterpieces.

3). WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER? 
Non-fiction. 

4). WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
 
It’s funny, there of course was a major film adaptation of “The Wall” with Bob Geldof. Unfortuately, it is an imperfect adaptation of the themes in the album because in a book or in an album, it’s easier to spend a lot of time inside your character’s head, weaving in between what your character feels and what they see… in a movie, the only thing you can show is what the audience sees and it lacks the subtle difference in how the narrative is built around it.Because of the limitations of screen time and having to be somewhat linear in the way you tell a story, you have to make compromises in a story’s narrative to turn it into a movie that fits within the expectations of a movie-going audience.

5). WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS FOR YOUR BOOK?
 
Bestselling author and former TV composer Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff decodes and reveals all of the hidden messages, meanings and Easter eggs in the lyrics, story and music in Pink Floyd’s iconic album, “The Wall.” 

6). WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?
 
I have run my own independent publishing imprint since 2005 with several bestsellers to our credit. I’m proud to say that “Tearing Down The Wall” was released this month and hit #1 on Amazon’s Pop Culture bestseller list in the U.S. and Germany and #2 in the U.K. 

7). HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR BOOK?
 
Two months. 

8)8). WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO WITHIN YOUR GENRE?
 
Honestly, I don’t know. When it comes to non-fiction I generally write across several genres in order to create something that nobody else has done before. 

9). WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
 
I am always writing with headphones on. “The Wall” has been the one album I have listened to most over the years while working on every kind of written project you can imagine. One day, a lyric from the song “Run Like Hell” jumped out at me and I realized how the song, which is essentially about the shattering of civilized behavior was really a call out to a key moment in the book “Lord of the Flies.” After that, all of the other various hidden references began to reveal themselves to me and I was floored how Roger Waters used the mental real estate owned by these other works that had such deep existential meanings to add such depth to his own work, creating something that was greater than just the sum of its parts. There’s a reason why “The Wall” is as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago when it was released. It speaks to very human emotions dealing with anguish, abandonment and despair. It’s why this album resonates so deeply with so many, yet I felt there was a real opportunity here to put it all in context. 

10). WHAT ELSE ABOUT YOUR BOOK MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?
 
It should go without saying that this book is a must-read for any Pink Floyd fan, and anyone who considers themselves a storyteller or writer could really benefit from seeing the details of how all of these amazing puzzle pieces in the narrative of an artistic masterpiece like “The Wall” come together so perfectly to create something that is loved by millions around the world. 
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KEIKO’S LITERARY PEEPS OF THE WEEK

I was in a bit of a rush to post the entry this week, so I wasn’t able to get a list from MYN. So, I decided to post an eclectic list of authors and writers that should spark some interest from some of the newcomers:
  1. Scott Sigler: Scott is another veteran of the horror thriller, podcasting quite a bit of his work just as MYN has. He’s also released a new audiobook anthology via podiobooks. Here is the link: Blood is Red
  2. Erica Linquist & Aaron Christensen: These two have been releasing high quality science fiction and fantasy stories for several years now serialized and in print format. Erica let me pick her brains in an interview last year which really freaking awesome. *squeals in delight* You can read the interview here.
  3. Avery K. Tingle: I first made contact with Avery via his action-packed fantasy webserial Universal Warrior a few years back. Since then he’s released quite a bit of fiction. He recently did a self-interview which led to my participation in the Blog Hop. You can read about his newest project here.
  4. Stephanie Osborn: “Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of
    over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster.” [quote from her website bio] She brings plenty of technical knowledge to bear when delivering her unique brand of Sci-fi thrillers, also spending her retirement teaching maths and science through a number of mediums which includes podcasting.
  5. Ewen Cluney: Over a decade ago I started playing the anime RPG Thrash. Being the creator of a game that gathered a huge community of players in its time, Ewen also dabbled in fanfic and his own anime-inspired short fiction. Nowadays, he also acts as a translator for numerous Japanese games into English. Pretty cool stuff! [I am really looking forward to seeing how the 2012 NaNoWriMo book looks after a good polish, Ewen.]
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