I’m very pleased to announce the first novel by my friend Stephen Robinson, Mahogany Slade. While this isn’t strictly Afghan Whigs related, the band does get referenced in the book (along with PJ Harvey, Prince and a whole lot of show tunes). Stephen used “Rebirth of the Cool” as character inspiration for Heather Aulds, perhaps my favorite character in the book. You can read about The Whigs and Heather at the book’s website.
Stephen is a long-time Afghan Whigs fan, and I instantly knew that we would be friends when I recognized his quote from “Gentlemen” at the top of one of his entertainment columns in The Red and Black, The University of Georgia student newspaper. It read “Stephen Robinson – All messed up but nowhere to go.” Ah, college. In recent years, we’ve attended Twilight Singers shows together and have enjoyed spending long weekends with our families. I guess we had to grow up sometime.
In addition to having the pleasure of reading advance drafts of Mahogany Slade, I also had the privilege of designing the book cover. It’s a project that’s close to my heart, summing up the vibe of those heady days in Athens, GA. The music was great, the people were weird and the insecurities of independence made everything exciting.
Mahogany Slade is available for pre-order at the book’s website. Pre-orders are hand-numbered and signed and come directly from the author. It is scheduled to be released next week.