Rocket 88 Books: Humor and Excellence

Last night, as I was getting ever closer to sleep, I decided to check out the website for Rocket 88 Books.

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I’ve been reading and throughly enjoying their book on the history of Dream Theater, LIFTING SHADOWS.

Lo and behold, what did I find on the website?  That Rocket 88 will soon be releasing a paperback version of the 2012 coffee-table book, THE SPIRIT OF TALK TALK.

For those of you who know me, you know how much I adore Talk Talk.  But, even with my normal lack of frugality and my love of the band, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the price that was being asked for that hardback–no matter how beautiful–three years ago.

And yet, here it is.

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So, of course, I ordered it.  Immediately.  Here’s the response I awoke to from the press:

Hello Bradley,

Congratulations, you were the first person to pre-order the new paperback edition of the Spirit of Talk Talk book! And before we have even told anyone it is avalable, impressive work

The email that was sent to you to confirm the order bounced back though, that address you gave us was

We have taken a high level executive decision and reckon it should have been and have updated it.

We can also confirm we have your order, reference number: xxxx.

We will keep you updated along the way on progress we can tell you that books are planned to be in the UK in October but will take a little longer to get to our warehouse in the US, so you should expect to have your book in November.

Best wishes,

Rocket 88

Books with extra thrust.

Here’s my response to their response:

Hello Rocket 88,

It sounds like you’re very, very good at executive decisions.

Yes, is correct.  I can only blame large, clumsy fingers on my typo.  I don’t want to badmouth my fingers too much, though, as they’ve served me well in handshakes, eating, opening doors, etc.

I just happened to be on the Rocket 88 website and saw the new books.  Great press, by the way.  I’m just finishing up the LIFTING SHADOWS about Dream Theater.

Again, thanks for taking the time to clarify.  No worries on October or November.  Either way, I’ll be happy.

Yours, Brad

And, finally, their response to my response to their response:

Ha! Yep keep those fingers handy.

Thanks for your kind words and great to hear you’re also enjoying Lifting Shadows. We have a couple more titles coming in that area too which may interest you as we are presently working feverishly to finish books from Devin Townsend and from Opeth.

Best wishes,

Rocket 88

Books with extra thrust.

Ok, so I know that I wasted some poor person’s time.  But, you know what?  They now have my total loyalty.  If every one in the world brought this kind of excellence and humor to what ever it is they do, we’d have a pretty great world.

Thanks, Rocket 88!

8 thoughts on “Rocket 88 Books: Humor and Excellence

  1. Bryan Morey

    Wow, perfect timing, to say the least!

    Would you be willing to write a review of “Lifting Shadows” after you’ve finished reading it? I would love to hear your thoughts about it before I spend the money to buy it. I just came across “Lifting Shadows” a couple nights ago while browsing Amazon. It seemed rather rare, with only a few copies available through Amazon marketplace. The more I listen to Dream Theater, the more I love them, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a book about them. I’ll have to get a copy.

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      1. Bryan Morey

        Violent? Really, that surprises me. Was it mainly in reference to their younger days? Because now they are all settled, married, and have children. I know MP used to struggle with alcoholism, but he’s been sober for years now, which is fantastic! He could have easily followed John Bonham’s or Kieth Moon’s paths (or a host of others), and I’m so glad he hasn’t. Mike Mangini seems rather soft-spoken and calm (for a metal drummer), and John Myung is about as quiet as you can get. It’s actually a joke among fans to spot when he smiles or says something in a rare interview. Their music just doesn’t seem to imply violence, if that makes sense.

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    1. Bryan Morey

      Wow. So, I’m presuming this was the early days, and probably stopped around the Jordan Ruddess era as they grew older and (hopefully) more mature? They aren’t still doing that today, I would hope.

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