Off The Record – The Trials and Tribulations of a Travelin’ Troubadour (Book)


Off The Record is a non-fiction comic book – set in rock ’n’ roll hyperspace – that documents the extraordinary exploits of our hero, Lightnin’ Charlie. Although Lightnin’ possesses no super-powers (other than attracting fiasco and mayhem everywhere he goes), he does have the ability to somehow survive these scrapes, and the audacity to proudly retell them here in this one-of-a-kind, hilarious autobiography. Mild-mannered Charlie by day, when night falls (or trouble calls), that’s when Lightnin’ Man dons his trusty hat and guitar – he never uses a cape – and becomes the psycho-magnet, semi-super hero we know and love as Lightnin’ Charlie. World-renowned singer, songwriter, and musician Lightnin’ Charlie’s insanely funny and poignant memoir is a collection of side-splitting stories and amazing anecdotes from his experiences as a full-time, touring musician, reformed saloon singer, and ultimately is his testimony as a born-again Christian, who has seen—and lived—the dark side. You’ll laugh till you cry at these hysterical, tall and true tales of madness, lunacy, comedy, and truth.

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“Absolutely hilarious! Not for the faint of heart, Off The Record by Lightnin’ Charlie showcases his very wry sense of humor and loquacious literary style, and on every subject, he is both painfully honest and tenderly compassionate. Lightnin’ Charlie’s Off The Record presents a bold and extraordinary variety of daily encounters that tell moving tales of all too ordinary madness. Outrageous, poignant, and politically incorrect, Off The Record is most of all LAUGH-OUT-LOUD funny…which is all just another way of saying that this is vintage Lightnin’ Charlie!” – Harmonica Todd Levine, Chicago Blues Harmonica Master

“Lightnin’ Charlie is an amazing artist – painting pictures full of emotion with words – through his gift of storytelling. His satires, rants and raves, and his reflections on life have become a sensation on his website and are now complete in Off The Record. No matter what soapbox, stage, or situation Charlie finds himself…his humor, his character, and his love for God always shines through. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, and you – the reader – are in for some fine, funny medicine. His passionate personal tirades always inspire gut-laughs in me, and although I am a bit prejudiced (because he is my friend and brother), I guarantee that you are in for a real and rare treat!” – Rev. Elbert Charpie, Pastor and Author of “The Return”

“Lightnin’ Charlie delivers again! Off The Record gives us an inside look at the origins of his lifelong quest for making music – what he calls ‘Good Music for Good People’ – and provides marvelous insights into the crazy carnival of events that made him into the man he is today. Wouldn’t it be great if more folks were so observant, in-tune, well-versed, and hip-to-the-tip as Lightnin’ Charlie? I think so. And I believe they will be – after reading this gem of a book!” – Tim Rouse, Author of the Delmer Green Series


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