What is “A Circus Mind?” A Circus Mind is a lyric from the Jimi Hendrix song “Little Wing.” It is also the title to my first book, a compilation of rock n roll poetry. I chose the title for a two reasons. First, I chose the title because I love the song. Second, I chose the title because it describes my thought process while writing the book. A perfect marriage. Can you solve the puzzle that is A Circus Mind? Below is the cover of the book and the foreward. Welcome to A Circus Mind!

The spirit of '71

“Where do I get my ideas from? You might as well have asked that of Beethoven. He was goofing around in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him. It was music. I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Where do I get my ideas from? I was goofing around in my parent’s house listening to the guitar race around the living room during Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” or having my Mom show me how to play a Beatles album backwards for the hidden clues to Paul McCartney’s death. From those early days I always took careful notes about the history of a band, legendary rock n roll tales, the influence of musicians on musicians, and the meaning of songs personally and culturally. This book is a reflection of those notes.”

Jewels and Binoculars,

Ryan Cox


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