"I'll go ahead and say it: He's one of our great living American writers, and that's a sure bet." --Daniel Hutchens, Bloodkin

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"Insured Beyond The Grave gives incredible insight into the Southern musical landscape. This collection from James Calemine is impressive to say the least." --Tim Duffy, President of Music Maker Relief Foundation.

"James Calemine digs deep into the soul of rock & roll."
​--Snake Nation Press

"The stories peel back layers of artists' lives. They serve as warnings and cautions--things young musicians and artists should know for their journeys. Calemine and his stories reveal the heartaches and tragedies of being a writer, a musician, an artist but they also revel in the adventures of living and words." --Dean Poling, The Valdosta Times

"(Insured Beyond The Grave) is an endlessly fascinating collection of conversations with some of my all-time favorite writers and musicians. I felt I was right there on  the barstool eavesdropping."
​-Ace Atkins, New York Times Best-selling author of The Fallen

Featured Insured Beyond The Grave Artists Include: Stanley Booth, Jim Dickinson, Paul Hemphill, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Cropper, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, John Sayles, James Burton, Bloodkin, Blind Boys of Alabama, Harry Crews, James Ponsoldt, Hunter S. Thompson, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Lance Ledbetter, Kirk West, Tim Duffy & Charlie Louvin.

​​​​​​​​​​​"​I search to photograph musicians that inspire me--tocapture an everlasting image that the artist exudes. Calemine does this with his pen. He seeks what we all seek in life; a deep insight into the inspirational music, film, literature and artists we admire, and find a truthful solace. And his words do just that. He preserves them forever through his own literary lens.

"We both document artists while they spend their short time with us here on earth. Calemine nails these deep insights, soulful stories and resonating truths from the artist on every page of Insured Beyond The Grave."

Adam Smith​
Documentary Photographer
September, 2017

James Calemine & Chris Robinson

​​“James Calemine’s heart and writing justify him being respected by anybody.”
–Stanley Booth (True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, Rythm Oil, Keith: Til I Roll Over Dead) 

"Insured Beyond The Grave is a beautiful, classy book. And the images are great. You'll never be ashamed of this book." --Stanley Booth. June 2017

​​​​James Calemine's fourth book, The Road To Hell, will be published in July 2020 on Snake Nation Press. These gritty stories deal with mass shootings, hurricanes, social media addiction, power grids, corruption, gambling, a criminal liar, toxic water, graveyard spirits, UFOs in the Okefenokee Swamp, the coronavirus and other eerie realities of life in modern America. More news soon...

"James Calemine knows his way around the South, around the region's music and musicians and authors and books, its food and its feel. And so much more, and you can feel it on every page of Insured Beyond The Grave, which shines light into the dark corners of famous musicians like the Black Crowes and Steve Cropper as well as underappreciated genius writers like Harry Crews and Stanley Booth. Great stuff on every page."
--Alan Paul

New York Times best-selling author of One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.

"Insured Beyond The Grave is one of the best books of 2017." --Michael 'Buffalo' Smith, Kudzoo Magazine

"James Calemine. That's a good name. I'll remember that name..."
--Harry Crews Author of Florida Frenzy, Feast of Snakes, Blood & Grits, Body, The Gospel Singer and others.

​All Images A James Calemine Copyright