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The Crux was founded by Santa Rosa based songwriter and performer Josh Windmiller in early 2007. Their rowdy and danceable songs are theatrical in nature, often springing from interesting team-ups with other artists. Their most recent album, The Ratcatcher, consists of songs from a play that Windmiller co-wrote with North Bay theatre troupe The Imaginists.
The music of The Crux has been called "Doc Watson by way of Joe Strummer" as well as "pirate cabaret." They combine the texture of Tom Waits with the rhythm and lyricism of the Devil Makes Three and the wild abandon of Gogol Bordello. Visit their web site @ http://thecruxmusic.com
Massimo Marino worked for many years at CERN, an international lab for particle physics research near Geneva, Switzerland and then in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. In 2005 he moved to the private sector, worked with Apple Inc. and then for the World Economic Forum.
As a child, he wrote short stories and novellas but never had anyone read them; it was a personal thing. Work and life took their toll and the writing stopped. Until 2012, when Marino sensed a burning need inside his soul to, once again, take up writing. His debut novel saw the light and received the prestigious 2012 PRG Reviewer's Choice Award in Science Fiction for his book, Daimones, part of a trilogy. Quite an accomplishment when competing against established authors.
Born in Palermo, Italy, Massimo left the country in 1986, lived abroad and now resides in France with his wife Mara. You may see all of Massimo’s books @ http://massimomarinoauthor.com
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