This interview is with Author/Poet Alvin Vincent Grimes. This show is produced and Hosted by Kinte Fergerson. Apr 15,2010
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Alvin Vincent Grimes bio
Before I begin this bio, allow me to say that I hate writing bios.
Writing a bio never fails to remind me of how far I have to go before I can think of myself as a decent writer.
Having said that, let me say that I was born on April 24th, 19 bla-bla-bla, in Detroit MI.
For the first eleven years of my life my mom and I enjoyed a Bedouin-like existence. I say “enjoyed” because, unlike a weaker child, who would be basket case at this point in their life, I found it to be a rather exhilirating roller coaster ride.
A precocious attraction towards the opposite sex combined with a fascination for all things weird and fantastic, and always being the “new kid on the block” meant that I spent a lot of time “living in my head”. I’ve been told this so many times by people who love me that I’m inclined to believe that its true.
Like many young boys, I spent most of my time watching horror movies and reading comic books…especially Marvel Comic books.
Everytime I think about all of the collector’s issues which ended up in the trash, I want to break down and cry.
As I grew older my tastes broadened to authors such as Kipling, London, Poe and Homer. Later on I discovered Burroughs, Tolkien and my favorite, Robert E. Howard.
At this point I need to emphasize that a preadolescent black boy spending as much time as I did in the “Hyborian Age” was a recipe for a peculiar brand of insanity.
Virulent racism notwithstanding, Howard had created a world of sex and violence which has yet to be equalled. By Crom!!!
Despite the images of T’Challa aka The Black Panther and Alexander Scott from I Spy, it bothered me that there were so few black heros for me to fixate upon.( Although I do have to admit to an incredible obsession with Uhuru’s legs and lips.)
It was also about this time that I heard Larry Graham declare in his rich barritone that he was “gonna add some bottom- so that the dancers just won’t hide”.
Not being very athletic, I found music as a way to express what was fermenting inside of me. And like Mr. Graham, I chose the electric bass as my instrument.
Then one day while “channel surfing” I heard a another black man proclaim “S’cuse me while I kiss the sky”. A year or so later, I went to see this brother and I’ve never been the same since.
Jimi took me to places that David Ruffin never could and as a result I began to “Wave my Freek Flag High”…By the way, did I mention that I was also raised in Detroit?
Suffice to say that this was not the time for me to be dressed like a denizen of the Haight-Ashbury District.
I pursued a musical career in the hard rock genre for over thirteen years. I often joke that “Living Color” made my money.
During this time, I moved to Hollywood and I wrote. I wrote short stories, poetry and novels which developed erectile dysfunctions after the first eight chapters.
One day the band broke up and my desire to play was was broken with it.
Not knowing what else to do with myself, I began to write.
Black Pearl is the first of five novels which will chronicle the adventures of Jackson Blaze, whom I hope will touch your heart and capture your imagination.
He’s the kind of hero I wish I could have embraced along with Conan, Tarzan, Legolas, Shaft, Luke Cage and Bond.
As I said earlier, I really hate writing bios.
Alvin Vincent Grimes