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    Read UNPLUGGED the novel + listen to UNPLUGGED the musical! This bundle gives you both.

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  • UNPLUGGED is a tale of depression, recovery and self-reinvention. It’s also the story of how a young woman is taught and healed by nature — by the very land beneath her feet.

    This expanded 15th Anniversary edition of Paul McComas' award-winning novel includes sheet music for 12 "Dayna Clay" songs. Softcover, 364 pages, published 2017, John Daniel & Co.

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    Jimi Hendrix. Janis Joplin. Jim Morrison. Each rocketed to the top of the rock ’n’ roll pantheon — then died at age 27, a casualty of drugs, despair or both. More recently, when Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain took his own life at the same age, his mother lamented, “I told him not to join that stupid club.”

    UNPLUGGED imagines someone whose membership in that club is denied — barely.

    Dayna Clay struggles through the final concert of a wildly successful tour. Tormented by an ever-deepening depression, the 27-year-old rocker hands her guitar to a fan and beats a retreat. Forfeiting her career, she sets out incognito for parts unknown and winds up in the Badlands of South Dakota, where her growing connection to the land and to the people she meets there begins to heal the wounds of an abusive childhood.

    Meanwhile, Dayna’s disappearance only serves to boost public interest in her — and to fuel her skyrocketing record sales. Laboring to choose between her musical ambitions and the new life she has made, she finds herself stranded in a far-flung corner of the wilderness she has come to love. Saved from a suicide attempt earlier by nature, she now may perish by the very same hand.

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lyrics

Jesus Christ gave nice advice, but how can we begin
"Doing unto others" when they've sworn to do us in?
Till that tarnished Golden Rule is practiced far and wide
I propose a way for us to stay un-crucified:

CHORUS:
Gonna build a missile to stop the abuse
Fill it up with anger, truth for a fuse
Cut through the confusion, sound the alarm
Instant retribution when we detonate ourselves a little karma bomb
Karma bomb!

Dominic's a clever prick who teaches English Lit
Dominates his girlfriend with his lies, his size, his fists
Twice her weight and twice her age and not one-tenth as kind
She must close the book on him to liberate her mind.

(CHORUS)

There is not a spot on Earth where Exxon would not drill
Flouting safety measures, flirting with a spill.
We should take the CEO and all the top VPs
Soak them in petroleum from their goddamn Valdez.

(CHORUS)

If somebody bashes you because of who you love
Don't just turn your cheek and wait for justice from above.
Justice doesn't come till they lie moaning in the mud
Oozing out a pint or two of homophobic blood.

Here's a little paradox that almost makes me laugh:
In the name of life, somebody shot the clinic staff.
Let us lead this terrorist directly to his fate:
Let's abort him with a bullet—thirty years too late.

(CHORUS)
Instant retribution when we detonate ourselves!

credits

from UNPLUGGED: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Songs, released October 22, 2017
Maya Kuper: vocals
Paul McComas: bass, background vocals
Mike Holden: guitar
Justin Marsh: drums
Megan Corse: background vocals
Written by Paul McComas
Produced by Maya Kuper & Paul McComas
Recorded by Joe Dilillo with Maya Kuper
Mixed by Joe Dilillo at Solid Sound Recording in Hoffman Estates, IL

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The Dayna Clay Project Chicago, Illinois

"Dayna Clay" is a fictional 27-year-old rocker, battling depression and PTSD in the wake of childhood sexual abuse. Maya Kuper & Paul McComas’ alt-rock musical "UNPLUGGED: A Survivor’s Story in Scenes & Songs" chronicles Dayna’s bumpy journey through the South Dakota Badlands, and into self-discovery, healing, full embrace of her bisexuality, and love. Proceeds support RAINN and The Kennedy Forum. ... more

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