Review by a reader…
Captain Squid & the Tentacle Room is a fascinating first person account of the trials and tribulations of one artist’s life jour-ney. It is not a book about art per se… it is the story of an artist that stuck to his convictions and stayed true to his muse over the course of his life. Good, Bad, Indifferent. Key West, Washington D. C., and Los Angeles provided McCall with a blank canvas that he utilized to create and nurture his art. Along the way, he creat-ed an assumed persona (Captain Squid) and established a travel-ing speakeasy (the Tentacle Room) which became a frequent haunt of so many wonderful artists in the 70’s through the 90’s. Michael explains his projects and themes with clarity and conviction but never takes himself too seriously. It is an honest, heartfelt account of McCalls’s ups and downs, triumphs and fail-ures, his loves and his losses, and most importantly his coming to terms with a life fully lived. It is a wonderful read and I highly recommend this book.
Blurb for the Amazon Memoir description:
Michael McCall writes about the passions of being an artist. Born at a time when ethics and hard work were paramount, he describes and illustrates his journey through the trials of life, the adventure of art making, and the loves of his life which helped shaped his path.
As a creative and independent child, he forged ahead into adulthood with reckless abandoned, making his way to the southernmost point of the na-tion, where he became Captain Squid. The Captain created a speakeasy off the shores of Key West called the Tentacle Room. This speakeasy be-came a sociological art project that traveled with him from studio to studio, from Key West to DC to LA… creating an artistic society of like-minded mischief-makers. His mentors and influential friends along the way helped to define and shape his approach, beautifully relayed in this full memoir. It is an endearing account of one artist’s will to survive in a dog-eat-dog world while fighting his own demons, not giving in to compromise.
As Ed Ruscha put it… “it’s more than wooly ride, tropical drink and sixpack cinema. No time to adjust the bow tie, hop in, tops down, no seat belt.”
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A memoir by Michael McCall
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