Luke James has been telling stories since he broke his first window.
A first generation punk rock survivor, he was born and raised in the projects of Birmingham, England.
He has wanted to live in the USA since he saw The Lone Ranger when he was five-years-old.
He first came to San Francisco in 1979 when his band Fashion were touring with The Police. He subsequently lived in Bordeaux, London, Los Angeles, and Charlottesville, VA where Rita Mae Brown gave him money for a typewriter.
In 1988 he arrived at SFO with $1,000, a suitcase, a guitar, and a six month tourist visa. He’s still here.
On his travels throughout Europe and USA he has been variously, a train washer, a restaurant crooner, a night watchman on a car ferry, a street singer, a barman, an antiques restorer, and a minor New Wave rock star.
He has performed his fiction numerous times over the last 15 years mainly at The Edinburgh Castle Pub in San Francisco. He is co-editor with Alan Black of Public House, an anthology of writers who have read at The Edinburgh Castle Pub. His work has been published in Aethlon, Razors Edge, and Soma Literary Review. His autobiography "Stairway To Nowhere" covers the period 1978-80 when he toured with his band, Fashion.
Stairway To Nowhere
East Tennessee State University Press
Public House Press
Doctors Without Borders
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