Joseph Rossi

May 28th, 2015

graphicThis book is whimsical,bawdy, nostalgic and humorous (I even laughed aloud a few times). It may not achieve national or international prominence but if one were born in the 40's or 50's in or near Northfield, Vermont (and Stowe, Vt or Plattsburg, NY) it should be a must read! And if you are a teenager today and are unsure of what direction you will follow in the future, there are many good life lessons here. Fun, fast reading!



June 28th, 2015

graphicFlatlander and the Rise and Fall of Mike and the Ravens actually surprised me pretty greatly. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this; truth be told, I (thought) that Id get bored quickly. However, the opposite happened and I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book, not wanting it to end. Interesting premise; not one that I come across every day...A lot of great life lessons to be followed in this one, including the most important one of following your dreams. This memoir was entertaining, humorous, and had me wishing that it would never end. Kudos to Young and his story.


Scott Bottomley

Sep 20th, 2015

graphicFlatlander is a great memoir about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a boy trying to make it big as a rock star. The author has a writing style that keeps you interested as he paints the scenes of his youth. You can never quite guess what might happen next. You’ll laugh, you’ll ponder and at times you’ll simply shake your head and say “oh my”. It’s a book for all ages that will remind you of a time when music, your honey and a tank of gas was all that mattered in life.

This drummer can write and the band can rock!


Akshat (Review by

July 6th, 2015

graphicFlatlander and the Rise and Fall of Mike and the Ravens is a humorous memoir based on the authors boyhood and young adulthood in Vermont, and its an entertaining read that manages to capture the enthusiasm and hope of a time when rock n roll was first taking over the nation.

The book starts with Peter Youngs birth (the location of which keeps him from being a true Vermonter and instead designates him forever as a Flatlander), with some particularly funny bits about his grandfathers virility and his own childhood antics; it moves linearly through his experiences in elementary, middle, and high school and into his love of rock n roll, how he learns to play the drums, and the formation and struggles of his band with his friends.

Though the book is about a war baby, I dont think you have to be a war baby to enjoy it if you know anything about music in the time period and/or are interested in said music, youll find things to like in this story. The author does a good job of balancing historical detail with his own memories, bringing the time period alive while livening things up with his personal perspective; his tone is lively and humorous, and while he remembers his past fondly theres no twee sugarcoating of it. I also particularly liked the ending I didnt expect that, and it felt like a triumphant conclusion to the book.

Id recommend this memoir to readers who enjoy humorous memoirs in the vein of A Girl Named Zippy, though this one is not so much about small episodes in life but one boys ambitions and how he tries to achieve them while growing up in smalltown America.