Minstrel’s Alley Promoting Beautiful Bad Girl Book for Summer Readers

Beautiful Bad Girl

Los Angeles media concern, Minstrel’s Alley, is promoting its bestselling book, Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story, for summer reading. The book, written by author, Gordon Basichis, tells the torrid love affair between department store scion, Alfred Bloomingdale, and his mistress, Vicki Morgan. The book has been described as a real life Fifty Shades of Gray.

“We are seeing a lot of activity on this book right now, “said M. J. Hammond, Minstrel’s Alley Publisher. Gordon Basichis was recently interviewed by Optimen Productions for its new television series, Scorned: Love Kills. Beautiful Bad Girl, the Vicki Morgan Story, has been optioned for a film. A script is being written. We’ll have more on that in the coming months.”

Hammond noted that Beautiful Bad Girl, the Vicki Morgan Story, is a biographical novel that chronicles the tempestuous love affair that made international headlines while defining exotic sexual mores among the rich and famous, during the eighties. “It is wild ride depicting the sexual demons of the rich and powerful,” said Hammond. “It has been a bestseller for Minstrel’s Alley. It’s been more than two decades since the book was first published, and it just keeps on selling.

“People’s tastes have changed since the book was first published,” said Hammond. “The popularity of Fifty Shades of Gray and Beautiful Bad Girl serve as testimony to public’s changing taste and the openness to different sexual proclivities, including bondage, discipline, and sado-masochism Few women lived their lives like Vicki Morgan, and with Beautiful Bad Girl our readers gain insight into a world that fascinates them on different levels. On one hand, it is a tragic story about obsessive romance and murder. On another, it helps define female empowerment and the ability to live out one’s personal adventures.”

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Minstrel’s Alley Preps The Blood Orange Novel for American Film Market

Blood Orange CoverMinstrel’s Alley announced it was prepping its novel, The Blood Orange, for sale at the American Film Market, in early November. The Los Angeles based media company believes the five day event in Santa Monica provides access to the more than 1,0000 production companies that are not only looking to sell their currently produced films but are looking to hear pitches and buy new projects for future production.

“As a former film and television executive I understand the dynamics of the American Film Market,” said Minstrel’s Alley Publisher, M.J. Hammond. This is a great opportunity to meet with production executives and film distributors, to pitch them ideas and, in our case, hand them books we feel would make outstanding feature productions.

“I believe Minstrel’s Alleys has several books that could translate easily into excellent films,” said Hammond. “We believe The Blood Orange is just a natural for a film. More than any romantic mystery I’ve read in a long time, The Big Orange captures the reality of modern day Los Angeles. In this offbeat and character driven novel, the City of Los Angeles is a major character all to itself. This sultry thriller takes historic elements of the Old California and melds them with modern day Los Angeles. We see the divisions and dynamics of America’s most futuristic city.”


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United States Charges of China Cyber-Espionage Sparks New Interest in Minstrel’s Alley Novel, The Guys Who Spied for China



The United States accusations against China of Cyber-Spying have renewed interest in The Guys Who Spied for China. The novel was written by Gordon Basichis and published by Minstrel’s Alley in 2009 and was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition.

“The Guys Who Spied for China is an exciting novel detailing how Chinese Espionage Networks were discovered to have been operating for years here in the United States,” said M.J. Hammond, Minstrel’s Alley publisher. According to the May 19th article in the Washington Post, the United States Government is indicting five members of the Chinese military. Since the article first broke, Minstrel’s Alley is experiencing renewed interest in this book. Sales are up and we have had a couple of emails about film rights.”

Hammond described The Guys Who Spied for China as a roman a clef, based on Gordon Basichis’ own experiences in working with a veteran cold warrior who was partly responsible for uncovering and dismantling the espionage networks that had been established in just about every major American city. She noted the novel is set not in foreign cities but in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and other parts of California.

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Vibe Interview with Adventure Time Composers Casey Basichis and Tim Kiefer

Here is a terrific interview Vibe conducted with Casey Basichis and Tim Kiefer.  Both are the composers for Adventure Time, the hit TV series on Cartoon Network.

You will rarely find a cartoon that manages to cross the boundaries of age, race, gender and sexuality to become an international success. For that reason, Adventure Time is one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons of the century. Created by Pendleton “Pen” Ward, Adventure Time follows Finn the human and Jake the dog as they try to navigate a post-apocalyptic world. It is both belly-cramping hilarious and bleak, morally guided and totally fantastic, megadorable and weighty all at the same time. It’s kind of like the Ren & Stimpy of the millennial generation, except with animation that doesn’t make adults cry and fewer blatant sexual metaphors.

But underlying all the shape-shifting, butt kicking and burrito making is a musical score that’s largely responsible for the vibe of Adventure Time’s whole introspective and nonsensical world. Mixing chiptune with metal, J-pop with beatboxing, the sonic boundaries of Adventure Time are just as warped as the logical boundaries of the show in general. And even though the plot rarely alludes to popular music, the characters often express their emotion via song. From Marceline shredding on a guitar, Lemonhope and his harp, Finn and Jake’s perpetual turning-life-into-a-song, the music of Adventure Time is absolutely essential to the tone of the show as well as making up a substantial portion of the narrative.

Creating the soundtrack to Adventure Time basically sounds like the most fun job ever, so to find out more about it we got in touch with Casey James Basichis and Tim Kiefer, the musical minds who have been musically mapping the Land of Ooo since its inception.

Hi guys! So before we get into Adventure Time, I read that you guys were in a band for a while called Casey James and the Staypuft Kid. Could you tell us a bit about that?
Tim: I’m glad you asked, Emma. Casey and I self-released a few albums and generally crashed the SoCal music scene back in 2007. We were the world’s (but more importantly Myspace’s) foremost Gameboy ukulele duo, spray painting furry fabric CD sleeves, writing music in Casey’s apartment-cum-pirate-ship, and obsessing over fanmail. The album artifacts are alive and well on my site, timspace.com.

And then how do you go from that to getting into Adventure Time?
Casey: We are all creatures of the CalArts dorms. Pen’s early Bueno the Bear webcomics fused earnestness and wit in a way I had never seen – exploiting the obvious at no one’s expense. I chased him down on the Chouinard lawn and gushed. He eventually asked if we would score one of his projects – this was Pen’s 2001 Bueno the Bear short – proto twerking to 90’s dance music – our first collaboration. But Adventure Time came out of the blue and was a blank canvas… a slip and slide into the delicate minds of the global youth.

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