Maxim W. Furek is among the first wave of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s regional Rock Journalists. He is founder of Timothy: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s First Music Publication, a newspaper created “to promote Northeastern Pennsylvania’s musical talent.” At that time, The Buoy’s “Timothy” (1971) had been the region’s most successful rock song. Curiously, through a strange sequence of events, Timothy Magazine evolved into the highly successful Pennsylvania Musician and Maryland Musician.
The Jordan Brothers from Frackville became the focus of Maxim’s first book, The Jordan Brothers, a Musical Biography of Rock’s Fortunate Sons (1986). The Jordans had a huge cult following in Schuylkill, Berks and Lebanon Counties. The Jordan’s were the first group to release “Gimme Some Lovin’” – even though England’s Spencer Davis Group had written it.
In 2008 Maxim published The Death Proclamation of Generation X: A Self-fulfilling Prophesy of Goth, Grunge and Heroin. The text investigates the connection between grunge music and heroin, and traces the beginning of the current drug epidemic. This text is currently being utilized at Penn State University and College Misericordia.
Maxim’s latest book, Sheppton: The Myth, Miracle and Music, (2015) explores the mythology and paranormal events surrounding the 1963 Sheppton mining disaster and the rescue technology that saved the lives of 33 Chilean copper miners in 2010.That ordeal was documented in the film The 33.
Maxim W. Furek, MA, CADC, ICADC is an avid researcher and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) lecturer on contemporary drug trends. His column, “Cultural Trends,” appears in Counselor, the Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals and he contributes articles on the concept of happiness for The Sober World.
Maxim’s current work-in-progress is Celebrity Blood Voyeurism: Blood & Circuses in the 21st Century, a fascinating manuscript that explores societies’ pathological fixation with celebrity meltdown and self-destruction.
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Type of Writing
non-fiction, articles, historical, creative non-fiction, NF: health, NF: recovery, NF: self-help, newspapers, magazines