10 Things You Might Not Know About Me—(Heather Jacks)… (In no particular order.)
- I am 100% gray and have been since my early twenties. The stripe down the center of my head? 100% natural. The rest? Dyed.
- I turned 16 in the Outback, Australia, when I lived there for a year, as an exchange student in the early eighties.
- I worked on the Eat Me/Drink Me Tour with shock/goth rocker Marilyn Manson. It was a job I took as a direct reaction to my nest being emptied.
- I was raised on Indian land, until I was 15, sans electricity.
- I have a son, who I supported as a single mother.
- I was arrested in NYC for selling political, novelty condoms.
- I learned Morse code, so I could obtain my FCC License in the mid-eighties, when radio was still relevant.
- I used to write a column for an online dating site.
- I have been an avid reader my entire life—(probably because of the no electricity thing), particularly true crime. I average between 90-120 books per year and with the exception of Stephen King, I rarely read fiction.
- I used to make extra money as a Tarot Card Reader.
Heather Jacks was raised on Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen, at which time; she was chosen to be an ‘experimental exchange student’ to Australia. She went down under, with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, and spent 10.5 months turning16 in the Outback. When she returned, she attended college, and received an FCC license, followed by completing a B.A. from USF and two years of study at UC Davis.
During her twenties, she traveled extensively, worked in the music industry in various capacities; radio, production, A&R, booking and eventually, landed at a new and young company, called Starbucks, where she worked on a Star Team and opened new stores in remote markets.
Music has always been her passion and during her tenure at Starbucks, she helped launch Hear Music, which today is Starbucks Music Label. Eventually, she returned to the business side of music at a major indie label, where she had a number of roles, from concert production to glorified babysitter.
An avid TV Junkie, die-hard SF Giants fiend and unapologetic Twitter practitioner, she recently won a Book of the Year Award for her multi-media project, The Noise Beneath the Apple®; A Celebration of Busking in New York City, which was inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.
She currently hangs her hat in San Francisco and am is working on the Bay Area version of the TNBTA® busker project.
For More Information
- Visit Heather Jacks’ website.
- Connect with Heather on Facebook and Twitter.
- Find out more about Heather at Goodreads.
- Visit Heather’s blog.
About the Book:
The Noise Beneath the Apple® is a hardcover, Limited Edition Art-Style/Coffee Table book, presented in an elegant slipcase. It measures 12″ x 12″ and celebrates buskers and street music in New York City. It includes a history, evolution and culture of busking, photos, interviews and commentary with 35 of NYC’s prominent street musicians. A cherry red vinyl record, of 11 tracks of original music, mastered by Grammy and Academy Award winning Reuben Cohen, (Slumdog Millionaire, Frozen), is page 200. At the culmination of the project, 30 participants went to Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn, where they covered Billy Joel’s hit song, New York State of Mind. A 12 minute short film and music video were created from that day and are included with the book, making this project, truly multi-media. The project won a Book of the Year Award in the category of Performing Arts & Music.
For More Information
- The Noise Beneath the Apple: A Celebration of Busking in the Bay Area is available at Amazon.
- Pick up your copy at her website for less!
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.