Best Of Ken Jackson
I started off as a musician in high school, playing guitar and bass. Coming out of high school, I knew some of my own songs as well as those of other artists. I didn’t start writing poems for a while though-except in high school for English class, when I wrote a poem that said, “Let’s blow up the rotten school and build ourselves a swimming pool,” which raised an issue at school similar to bomb threats in this day and age. Then there was this dirty poem I wrote in my early twenties. But I was still writing songs then. I took some college courses in jazz, piano, songwriting, and creative writing. Back in 1985, I recorded with a famous producer. Butch Vig produced Nevermind by Nirvana, a number-one album of the year in the early nineties. Then, in 1986, I started a twenty-year sentence for a crime. That’s when I started writing poetry. I took a course in creative writing from UW–Extension. I wrote a few poems and people liked them, so I wrote more. There came a time when I used poetry as therapy. I would write two poems for every two weeks. And that beats writer’s block. A lot of that stuff is in the book Best of Ken Jackson. I was released in ’99 and put out a bunch of rock ‘n’ roll albums. I was also participating in a monthly poetry group for a while. I wrote one section of this book using a variety of student researchers.
This monograph is for all you guitar players and for people who would like to play guitar. If you would just like to play guitar, it would be best for you to pay a professional teacher. This manual is intended to help you study guitar and learn about scales, chords, and the structure of songs. Diagrams are included to help you along. This work is just a basic pedagogy. It provides variety so you can really enjoy swinging guitar with enthusiasm.
This is a book of poetry with poems from my feelings and a musical heart. It is about memories from the past that cannot be forgotten and feelings that soothe the heart and can just be expressed by music.