In The Beginning There Was Rock

Stack Jones began his musical career by performing at live venues as part of Miami’s original music scene with his band, Spinout. The group performed a variety of styles including, rockabilly, pop, rock, surf and hard rock. Fans often clashed with the band during live performances where the audience expected a particular genre of music, but Spinout delivered another. This especially irked the rockabilly traditionalists, who would come to the shows decked in oldies garb, and find Spinout performing something entirely different. Spinouts performed at the best venues on the east coast including, New York City’s legendary CBGB’s, and Miami’s Jockey Club. Bob Marlowe, entertainment writer for the Miami Herald wrote; “Stack Jones writes tunes that segue into a set like a hand into a well-worn glove. Boring is one adjective I’d never use to describe this guy.”

Spinout released their first single, Shake Like A Hurricane, on Pete Moss’, Juke Box. Moss’ compilation album can still be found at The Pete Moss Memorial All-Night Record Shop. The record is described as a snapshot of the South Florida punk/new wave scene at the time.

Spinout entered the studio to record their debut album. Band management and fans thought it would be a rockabilly record. It wasn’t! The self-produced EP titled; Revelation VI, was dark and had apocalyptic overtones, and did not include the catchy rockabilly tune Once Burnt Twice Shy. A staff writer for the Miami News, (a now defunct newspaper), wrote; “It appears that another band hijacked The Spinouts’ studio sessions.” The audience that came to know Spinout as a flashy, retro act was surprised by the release. Spinout relished in the controversy.

Spinout interviewed for MTV with legendary DJ Corey James, and appeared on a variety of local TV and radio shows, such as the University of Miami’s WVUM radio station and The Ed Rich Rock Show. Jones won Best Guitarist at the first Miami Music Awards.

The highlight for Spinout was headlining the famous Coconut Grove Bed Race to an estimated audience of 70,000. The opening act was the now legendary, Miami Sound Machine. Spinout also performed the Sonny Bono penned ballad; Needles And Pins live at Club Blitz in Hialeah, Florida with, The Ramones front man, Joey Ramone.

After the breakup of Spinout, Jones joined the hard rockin’, Amazing Grace. At that time Amazing Grace was performing hardcore punk. Jones agreed to join the band if they started writing, and performing in other genres of music including, hard rock, alternative and southern rock. Amazing Grace agreed and thereafter the band became one of the most famous in the city of Miami.

Jones appeared as a guest speaker on WSVN News Radio, WQAM Miami, Piper High School, WKPX radio and University of Miami’s WVUM. This was during the time when Christian conservatives had attempted to impose explicit lyrics and parental advisory labeling scheme on record companies and the products they produced. Jones argued that labeling music, and imposing third party standards on lyrical content of musical recordings circumvented the First Amendment right free speech; rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

During this period Amazing Grace often performed at the legendary, Cameo Theater. The band performed with with nearly every alternative act that toured the U.S., including some of Jones’ favorite artists, Lord’s Of The New Church, Killing Joke, and The Ramones.

Jamie Shoop who discovered, and managed Prince, and Los Angeles rockers, Warrant of Columbia Records was introduced to Amazing Grace by her then husband Bill Bakula. Bakula was at that time the producer of south Florida news station WSVN. Shoop immediately began to to manage the band. Amazing Grace entered the studio, and recorded their second album titled, On And On, with two-time Grammy Award winning producer Karl Richardson. Amazing Grace recorded, Beauty (Deeper Than The Flesh), which was one of the band’s strongest studio recordings. Oddly, the master tape was destroyed due to improper storage. Other recordings included, All The World Is Roses, Don’t Walk Away, End Of Time, and Sweet Vibrations. The band also recorded videos for their songs, 14, and Fire In The Distance. Amazing Grace appeared on the television show, Miami Vice, episode, Rising Sun Of Death. The band entered into an agreement with the show’s producers to have their music used exclusively on that particular episode. However, that agreement fell through as Jan Hammer had exclusive rights for the production of all music at that time, and this agreement infringed his contractual rights. It was widely reported, and wrongfully so that Amazing Grace had been cancelled from Miami Vice. Amazing Grace did appear in the broadcast, but their music was not used.

After eleven years of performing with Steve Lambert in Spinout and Amazing Grace, Jones left the band, and relocated to Los Angeles to study film. Jones received a BA in film production from Loyola Marymount University (Magna Cum Laude). He received audio/video engineering certification from Soundmaster Recording Institute, which was operated by the legendary record producer/engineer, and former MCA president, Brian Ingoldsby. Jones began performing stunts in motion pictures, which included doing stunts for comedian Carrot Top in the film, Chairman Of The Board. Jones also edited the Korean award-winning film, Soap Girl.

Shortly after obtaining his BA in communications, Jones began to write, and develop projects for Japanese television and movie production company, Tsuburya Productions. He collaborated with two-time Emmy Award winning producer Alan Sacks, who created the hit television series, Welcome Back Cotter. This was the show that began John Travolta’s entertainment career.

In 2007, Jack Stone (Stack Jones) received a Juris Doctorates at University of La Verne College of Law. He received several awards during this period including the IVAMS award for excellence in mediation and arbitration. That same year Jones relocated to Japan, and became the General Manager for the Da Silva Group, an entertainment conglomeration that represents speakers for CAA, William Morris, ICM, Harry Walker and International Talent, for all Japan territories.

Stack’s Back

In 2009, Jones signed with Cherry Street Records, releasing three solo albums; Stack Jones; 13 Rowdy Row, Stack Jones; Mostly Odd Things He Does, and Stack Jones; Live/Love/Live. The standout tune, Ugly Ducklin’, netted several awards including Best Male Vocalist, Artist Of The Week, and Song Of The Week. Jones produced five music videos to promote his solo projects, which includes videos for the songs, Dream On, Different Shades Of Blue, I Heard From Her Today, Madness, and Where Is God. Stack wrote and illustrated a children’s story titled, The Ladybug Loses Her Hat.

In March of 2011, during Japan’s triple disaster, Jones appeared on MSNBC Dateline with Brian Williams, PBS, and ABC Action News in Tampa, Florida. Jones’ photography received a WordPress Freshly Pressed Award for the website, Photo Journal Japan. That work can be viewed here.

By 2012 Jones journalism, and photography started appearing in numerous publications including, Earth Island Journal, Nihongo News, Tokyo Weekender, and The Japan Times. In 2013 Jones completed the screen adaptation of Pramoedya Toer’s, Bumi Manusia. In 2014, Miami New Times, called Amazing Grace one of the Miami’s top 20 bands of all time. Read the article here.

Jones is currently final polishing a novel titled, The Restless Sea, a compilation of short stories, Songs From Heaven Sung From Hell, working on a new album titled, Five Sides To Every Story, and a musical, In Search Of The Eternally Elusive Everlasting Life. Perhaps Bob Marlowe, entertainment writer for the Miami Herald was correct when he stated, “Boring is one adjective that I would never use to describe this guy.”

• In Search Of The Eternally Elusive Everlasting Life. (a musical)
• Stack Jones: Five Sides To Every Story. (an album)
• Stack Jones: Mostly Odd Things He Does. (2010)
• Stack Jones: Live/Love/Live. (2010)
• Amazing Grace: Risen From The Dead. (2010)
• Stack Jones: 13 Rowdy Row. (2009)
• Miami Rocks Too: Compilation. (1990)
• Amazing Grace: Untitled Karl Richardson Production. (1988)
• Amazing Grace: On and On. (1987)
• Rick Lennick’s Florida Explosion. (1985)
• A Sea of Glass: Entering Therein. (1985)
• Spinout: Revelation VI. (1984)
• Pete Moss: Juke Box Compilation. (1983)

• Asahi TV: Morning Bird. (2017)
• FujiTV: High Noon TV Viking. (2016)
• Invisible Bands: Featuring Spinout. Thick Skin Entertainment. (2012)
• NHK Breaking News: Disaster shooting from Yuriage, Japan. (2011)
• MSNBC Dateline: Triple disaster reporting from Japan. (2011)
• ABC: Tsunami reporting from Japan. (2011)
• PBS: Tsunami reporting from Japan. (2011)
• Stack Jones: Dream On. (2010)
• Stack Jones: Different Shades of Blue. (2010)
• Stack Jones: I Heard From Her Today. (2010)
• Stack Jones: Madness. (2010)
• Stack Jones: Where Is God. (2010)
• Stack Jones: Senme6 Interview. (2010)
• Soap Girl: Editor and sound mixer. Winner Big Bear Int. Film Festival Audience Choice Award. (2002)
• Chairman Of The Board: Stunts. (1998)
• Samurion Interactive. (1997)
• Amazing Grace: Video All The World Is Rose. (1991)
• Amazing Grace: Video Fire In the Distance. (1989)
• Amazing Grace: Video 14. (1989)
• Miami Vice: Amazing Grace appearance and performance. (1988)
• Ed Rich Rock Show: Spinouts appearance and performance. (1984)
• MTV: Spinout interview. (1984)

Published Writing and Photography
• The Zionist Narrative. (2018)
• Sessue Hayakawa: Hollywood’s Forgotten Leading Man. (2017)
• Everything Is Sculpture: Isamu Noguchi. (2017)
• RS:X International Windsurfing Championship, Enoshima Japan. (2017)
• Japan’s Apathy Towards The Natural World. (2017)
• Chigasaki: Honolulu’s “Sister City.” (2017)
• Chiba: A Day At The Beach. (2017)
• Hiratsuka: A Day At The Beach. (2017)
• TEPCO Dumping 770,000 Tonnes Of Radiation Contaminated Water In The Pacific Ocean. (2017)
• Japan’s “Terrorism” Law Aimed at Protesters, and Abe’s Opposition. (2017)
• The Restless Sea. (a novel) (2017)
• Songs Of Heaven Sung From Hell. (a collection of short stories) (2017)
• Ichijodani Castle: The Site Of The Last Samurai Battle. (2017)
• Dragons, Lions, and Dancing; Chinese New Years in Pictures. (2017)
• An Essay On The History Of Banking. (2107)
• The Trump Card: Japan’s Lopsided Trade Deal With The U.S. (2017)
• Scorsese Silences Japan’s Skeptics? (2017)

• Artist Series: Baroque. (2017)
• Artist Series: Impressionist. (2017)
• Artist Series: Modern. (2017)
• Artist Series: Post Impressionism. (2017)
• Artist Series: Realism. (2017)
• Artist Series: Renaissance. (2017)
• Artist Series: Romantism. (2017)
• Biographies: Aristotle. (2017)
• Biographies: Chiune Sugihara. (2017)
• Biographies: Gaius Julius Caesar. (2017)
• Biographies: Galileo Galilei. (2017)
• Biographies: Ibn Al-Haytham. (2017)
• Biographies: Jethro Tull. (2017)
• Biographies: Michael Jordan. (2017)
• Biographies: Murasaki Shikibu. (2017)
• Biographies: Terence Pratchett. (2017)
• Biographies: Thomas Savery. (2017)
• Biographies: Walt Disney. (2017)
• Children Story: Kohana’s Bananas. (2017)
• Children Story: Mako From The Uninhabited And Unknown Eighth Island Of Hawaii. (2017)
• Children Story: The Ladybug Loses Her Hat. (2014)
• Children Story: The Upside Down and Backwards Man. (2017)
• Children Story: What Are You? (2017)
• Children Story: Who’s That Little Boy? (2017)
• History Series: Egypt. (2017)
• History Series: Indus Valley. (2017)
• History Series: Mesopotamia. (2017)
• Science Series: Atoms And Chemistry. (2017)
• Science Series: Aquatic Biomes. (2017)
• Science Series: Terrestrial Biomes. (2017)
• Science Series: Changing Earth: Plate Tectonics. (2017)
• Science Series: Connective Tissue. (2017)
• Science Series: Digestive System. (2017)
• Science Series: Dinosaurs. (2017)
• Science Series: Environmental Science. (2017)
• Science Series: Food Web. (2017)
• Science Series: Forces, Energy, Electricity And Magnetism. (2017)
• Science Series: Human Anatomy. (2017)
• Science Series: Light And Sound. (2017)
• Science Series: Skeletal System. (2017)
• Science Series: Nervous System. (2017)
• Science Series: Ocean Biomes Sea Life Beginner. (2017)
• Science Series: Ocean Biomes Sea Life Advanced. (2017)
• Science Series: Senses. (2017)
• Science Series: States Of Matter. (2017)
• Young Learner Readers: About Our World. (2017)
• Young Learner Readers: Our Solar System. (2017)
• Young Learner Readers: The Sun And Moon Series. (2017)
• The Cult Of Shinto Exposed. (2016)
• Japan’s Post WWII Illustrations. (2106)
• Aeon’s Organic Food Scam(2016)
• Toyota, Terrorism And The Bottom Line. (2015)
• Ric O’Barry: False Arrest And Torture In Japan. (2015)
• 3.11.11. In High Dynamic Range Photography. (2015)
• 3.11.11. Revisited: Photos From The Vault. (2015)
• Bigger Than Life: Macro Photography In Japan. (2015)
• Fukushima: The Land Time Forgot. (2015)
• Japan, Child Abduction, The Hague And Sanctions. (2015)
• Unique Gifts For Children Of All Ages. (2015)
• Why Japan’s Olympics Should Be Boycotted. (2015)
• Fukushima: What We Know Now. (2014)
• Ha! Ha! Hashimoto: The Clown Of Japan’s Racist Rhetoric. (2014)
• Hell Is Highwater: The True Story Of The USS Indianapolis. (2014)
• Jigokudani Yaen-Koen: Snow Monkey Paradise. (2014)
• Mount Fuji: A World Heritage? (2014)
• The Crazy Woman And The Fiery Snow. (2014)
• When World’s Collide: Art And Tragedy. (2014)
• Abe: The Antiquated Christ Of Japan’s Post Apocalypse. (2013)
• Anti-Nuclear Rally Tokyo. (2013)
• Asahi Brewery: Sharing The Kando. (2013)
• Autumn In Tochigi: Nikko Now!  (2013)
• Biosolids Controversy? No Shit! (2013)
• Coco Juku: Dogs And Demons. (2013)
• Dead Oceans 2050. (2013)
• Fall Of Empire: Japan’s Shared Affliction. (2013)
• Immigrant Song: March In March. (2013)
• Japan Fruit Shams. (2013)
• Japan’s Invisible People. (2013)
• Japan’s Dirty Secret. (2013)
• Kinji Nakamura: Kyoto’s Passionate Painter. (2013)
• Off The Beaten Path: It’s Kyoto’s Turn. (2013)
• Off The Beaten Path: It’s Matsuri Time. (2013)
• Off The Beaten Path: It’s Sakura Season. (2013)
• Origins Of The English Language. (2013)
• Fukui, Japan: North Of Tojinbo. (2013)
• Remove Me! (2013)
• Review: The Montague Paratrooper Pro Folding Bike. (2013)
• Ric O’Barry Everything Starts With A Dream. (2013)
• Takashi And Maru. (2013)
• TPP And Its Implications On Food, Intellectual Property And Trade. (2013)
• Eiheiji Temple River In Winter. (2013)
• Tomita Isao: Ihatov’s Utopia Envisioned. (2013)
• An Interview With Kishi Bashi. (2012)
• Eikaiwas: Regulated Or Shutdown. (2012)
• Going The Distance With MMA Trainer Sean Frew. (2012)
• Pet Peeves: Life In Japan. (2012)
• Senkaku Islets And The International World Court. (2012)
• Kegon Waterfall: Nikko National Park, Tochigi, Japan. (2012)
• TEPCO’s Liability To Japan. (2012)
• The Pink Bicycle. (2012)
• Utsunomiya Gyoza: Oishi! (2012)
• Unfulfilled Man: New Voices in American Poetry. ISBN 0-533-09451-8. (1991)
• Is Prison: New Voices in American Poetry. ISBN 0-533-09451-8. (1991)
• Epilogue: American Poetry Anthology Volume X, Number 1. ISBN 0-88147-074-0. (1991)