Gary Brown aka Gary “Uncle G” Brown was born in Florida, back in the summer of 1961. A move to Texas in the early nineteen sixties, and then a more permanent relocation in New Jersey that lasted two decades, from the years 1966 to 1986.
An only child, his mother, a professional musician, passed away from the direct results of being an alcoholic when Gary was just seven years old. His father died of a massive heart attack at age 67, just four years later. In multiple foster homes until age 16, Gary worked hard so to free himself from the system. In 1977 he received his G.E.D., one year before he was actually scheduled to graduate from the public school system. Next came a full time job (40 hours). And many part time gigs so to add to the wealth. For the next thirty-five plus years, a mixture of white and blue collar jobs followed. Sometimes working seven days a week.
Always trying to perform professionally to the best of his abilities for whoever was signing the paychecks, this over time began to physically take its toll. Doctor’s commonly refer to these type of injuries as; wear and tear. When you know for sure, your ass is getting old. Ever the fighter, to combat this, Gary nowadays devotes his life to his health and hobbies, which include both writing and photography.
Since moved back as an adult and having lived in Texas twice in his life for a total of three decades, this all ended towards the end of 2015, when Gary decided a change of pace was in order. Separation/Divorce will do that. Started off with a 9-month detour in Northeastern Pennsylvania visiting an older half-brother diagnosed/suffering from the early stages of dementia. Then “Uncle G” relocated in September of 2016, to Fort Collins, Colorado (USA).
In 2017 after being one day shy of marriage 22 years, Gary was divorced in a Harris County Courthouse (Texas) from his second wife. It happened with Gary being present on the phone (speaker) while in Fort Collins Colorado and acting in his own defense. His first time being ‘single’ since the Summer of ’92.
In March 2018, Mr. Brown moved to Greeley (Colorado). After a year, took the advice that the city so freely gives; “Go west, young man.” “Uncle G” ended up in fabulous, Las Vegas, NV (USA). Seems Gary still likes it; hot-hot-hot!
GB’s other hobbies include traveling, trying to keep up with pop culture/current affairs, and musically, learning how to play the keyboard. Is still in the beginning stages.
Writing Credits: Having a computer in his life back in 1995, Gary quickly embraced the online music scene. Over the years he’s helped several professional musicians promote themselves over the Internet including; Michael Bruce (of Alice Cooper), Peter Banks (of Yes), and avant-garde artist/author/musical promoter genius: Billy James (aka Ant-Bee).
In 2010 after surviving treatment which lasted pretty much all of 2009, and being cured of Hep C, Gary became published for the first time, contributing a chapter to a medical book (Conquering Hep C And Surviving Treatment) on the subject, in which he wrote under the pseudonym; MagickBalls. Six pages in which Gary discusses the difficulties of surviving the last half of treatment.
In 2011 and 2012, Gary produced several opinion pieces for what was called, Uncle G’s Corner, on the pro-cannabis website; GreenRibbonWorld.com — and by doing so formed a lifetime friendship with its webmistress; Arlene Williams aka Ganja Granny.
Shortly thereafter in 2012, Gary started writing for Classic Rock Radio (UK) – a 24/7 Internet Classic Rock Station out of Liverpool, England. Under the watchful eyes of its owner, Jon Kirkman (UK Radio Personality) Gary’s activities have so far included; promotion (social media), conducting interviews, daily news stories, reviews (music or film), personal stories about himself, and the occasional opinion piece.
In 2016, Gary decided to devote his full time/focus on being a ‘writer for hire’. So he says about the subject; “Hopefully never a starving artist. Typical of creative types. A horrible way to go.”
Exposed To Death – Photo by Gary “Uncle G” Brown
In 2017 Gary published on his own archival website, his first “420” review, digging into the world of marijuana edibles. The response has been so far good, and it appears like more of ‘Uncle G’s FUN 420 Reviews’ will be in the foreseeable future.
2019 Update: Gary signed on at Las Vegas Cannabis Reviews, as a: Staff Writer. Anything cannabis or cannabis related that “Uncle G” writes about henceforward until otherwise not, is under the LV Cannabis Reviews umbrella. So says Gary “Uncle G” Brown (byline): “Should be cool!” The website launches sometime in either May or June (2019).
Liner Notes: Back in 2015, Gary did the liner notes (CD EP) for a band out of Houston called; Generation:landslide …in 2017 a few words in the booklet that accompanied Empire’s 3 CD box set; Empire – featuring Peter Banks and Sydney Foxx – The Complete Recordings. And in 2018, the liner notes for a Michael Bruce re-issue; Michael Bruce – Rock Rolls On.
On Gary’s personal Facebook page is the following motto; “When life gives lemons, give them back and grab a handful of grapes instead. You’ll be glad you did.”
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