• Saguaro

  • By: Carson Mell
  • Narrated by: Carson Mell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Saguaro

By: Carson Mell
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Saguaro chronicles the life of rock legend Bobby Bird as he finds himself rolled up in barbiturates, at sea with satanic cults, finding true love, selling out, and coming back. Bobby Bird’s unique voice - and fistfights with Bob Dylan - place him irrevocably in America’s cultural and musical history. 

Vice Magazine says, “[Bobby Bird] has lived enough lives and wild times for a couple Willie Nelsons and maybe one Mick Jagger.” 

Bobby Bird may be many things - a legend in pink cotton, a living history in tattoos, the very embodiment of rock and roll - but he isn’t a bad man. At least not all the time. He made his name as a crooner, revered as a singer with soul, a soul he quickly sold without ever considering the implications. 

Like Bob Dylan’s Chronicles Volume One, Patti Smith’s Just Kids, and Keith Richards’ Life, Saguaro allows us to look behind the curtain of celebrity. Because it’s an American tradition to carefully observe the legends of our time, to live vicariously through the adventures of our heroes. Just like the paths of all those who live fast and hard, Bobby’s path is one better experienced second-hand, beset, as it is, on all sides by drugs, dangerous women, and fisticuffs. Now if Bobby teaches us one thing, it’s that we can learn from our mistakes, and fortunately he’s made enough to fill a textbook.

©2013 Carson Mell (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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The Most Earnest Absurdism

If you came here after seeing the short film “Chonto,” and wanting more, then I have good news: more you have found. This book knocks one form of comedy out of the park, namely, juxtaposing absurdist content with weighty prose (or attempts by the protagonist of such). It almost reminds me of the humor of something like “Wizard People, Dear Reader” in that regard. There is a delightfully nuanced self-awareness that makes this an easy, fun listen. The opening quotes of the book are a perfect example. The humor and absurdism are what resonate here, but the delivery is so deadpan that if you don’t pay attention, some of the best jokes might slip past you unnoticed. That serves a repeat-listen.