These are the memoirs of a modern day troubadour, the street poetry the songs and the stories that describe those exciting days growing up and living in Los Angeles since the late 50's to present day. Take a silent journey through the life and times of singer/songwriter Hank Mann also known as Hendrik Schmoller. Hard driving and truth telling, here are the easy to read song lyrics, poems and verses that will become your private guided tour through the history, the romance, the happenings and the events of a city that never stops percolating.
Hendrik Schmoller's "Word Play" is an honest book that can be read from cover to cover or just leafed through at random, it works and inspires either way. Relax and enjoy these authentic songs, verses and observations from the front lines at what he calls ground zero
"Word Play" tells the story of a rock and roll wordsmith, the struggle, the glory and the frustration inherent in L.A's highly competitive entertainment market place, as well as the ever changing social mores that seem to surface here on the west coast first.
As an active participant in the Southern California music scene for some six decades performing thousands of concerts, festivals, night clubs, private parties, corporate events and recording sessions, Hank grew up smack dab in the middle of this social scene we call the L.A. beat generation, the hippie movement, drugs, parties, surf and beach life as well as all the general mischief from this magical city by the sea. Its all summed up in this banquet of words called "Word Play"
The book details the comings and goings the ins and outs, a personal accounting if you will of Hank's unique perspective on life here in the fast lane, the loves won and lost, the people, the friends and the trends that came and went over those formative years.
What can we learn from an observant witness to the many amazing events that grew out of the social and music scenes here in Los Angeles? Just read "Word Play" and find out.