1000kms, 51 days, one guitar…nothing to lose
Benjamin Allmon’s debut novel recanting the poorly planned walking tour of Benjamin’s Album, The Dark Carnival
A tale of sand, songs, survival, and untimely erections.
It is 2006. After more than a decade trying to make it in the music industry, singer-songwriter Benjamin Allmon is getting desperate. As his former bandmates settle into sensible careers he gives it one last shot—an audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist, he records his debut album. The only problem—how to promote it? After reading of how the Deep South bluesmen of the early 20th century America’s Great Migration would walk and play their way to Chicago, he decides to do the same, only from Pottsville to Sydney, 1000 kilometres of Australian coastline. Kissing his girlfriend goodbye, he sets off with a guitar, a sleeping bag and a heroic miscalculation of what he’s getting into…and about to discover why he is really doing this.