October 4th, 2010 16:29 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Dr. Gary Solomon, Author of 'A Ballad for Allison Porter'
Author Gary Solomon, MPH, MSW, PhD, is the creator and world authority in the field of CinematherapyÂ® and CinemaparentingÂ®. He has lectured all over the world on the topic of CinematherapyÂ® and has been on national television and worldwide radio.
Solomon gained notoriety as The Movie DoctorÂ® after the release of his first bestseller, The Motion Picture Prescription: Watch this Movie and Call Me in the Morning. It was written as a therapeutic tool for therapists to use for treating patients, clients and groups. It was soon discovered that patients and clients found benefit for their own personal use.
A Ballad for Allison Porter is Solomon`s first fiction novel. It explores the life of a seemingly ordinary woman who admits to killing her next-door neighbors in cold blood in suburban Portland.
Solomon currently teaches psychology at the College of Southern Nevada in Henderson. He was nominated `Professor of the Year` in 2009. John L. Smith called the professor "the most dangerous man in Las Vegas" in a 2008 column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal when Solomon offered students a refund on their tuition for time he missed class for personal reasons.
Previously, Solomon served as the director of the Arizona Family Counseling and Education, and as the director of the prestigious Oregon Psychotherapy Consortium. He is also the author of a number of other books on diversified topics.
Before any of this, Solomon was known as Gary Solo the 1960s psychedelic musician. He wrote lyrics, sang vocals and played saxophone, flute and clarinet for a band that was an off shoot of Strawberry Alarm Clock. Featuring Greg Munford and producer Bill Holmes, Strawberry SAC recorded twelve songs for a planned album on All-American in 1968. Two songs ("In Relation" and "Merry Go Round") were pressed onto a rare promo, but the rest of the recordings weren`t released until 2001, on a vinyl LP credited to Crystal Circus and titled In Relation To Our Times. Songs from the album can also be found on a rare 2003 release titled Strawberry Alarm Clock and Friends.
Websites- www.cinema-therapy.com, www.aballadforallisonporter.com, and www.hoasyndrome.com.