Guitarlo is Arlo Hennings' compelling, and to the heart honest, memoir that takes readers on a decades journey from his challenging childhood, blossoming as a poet, song writer, musician, agent, husband, father... to his current life in Indonesia where he continues to promote and create music.
The inspiration that brought him to Bali began at an Occupy protest where he was clubbed and arrested, having lost his job, home, marriage. A dramatic, and very real, event, as are many events in Henning's six decade life journey. His connections to Allen Ginsberg, Hunter S Thompson, The Merry Pranksters, and so much more, you'll read/see.
A trip to South Africa with singer Shawn Phillips as Mandela is voted in as president—the first integrated rock concert, described with all its tension and, yes, beauty. The villa Hennings builds in Bali for visitors—the visitor's descriptions come alive on the page with insight, and Henning's trademark humor.
The shaman, 52 Good Fingers, will live in my heart forever—sacred, alive, tragic, hilarious. This memoir reveals family tragedies, personal tragedies, and so much JOY, appetite for La Vida, from his boyhood to his present life. Hennings' humor is like a sweet tide that keeps bringing us to shore, and his sheer love of being alive brings deep wisdom within these pages. I'm left with a sense of transcendence, with that jolt of laughter that makes it all absolutely real. And human.
—Alma Luz Villanueva, winner American Book Award