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TWO SEPARATE BOOKS ! - October 9, 2018

PIRACY ALONG THE POTOMAC:  Plundering The Pentagon

The TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour - 2nd Edition

"FRONT & CENTRE" - New Instrumental Composition - October 9, 2018

 "Front & Centre" - 3rd CD Title Track Instrumental Completed


      A brand spanking new guitar instrumental has been completed for the future 3rd CD, called "FRONT & CENTRE".

         While there are some familiar chord progressions and grooves, this latest composition continues to show that maturity and groove ability we have all come to expect from this accomplished guitarista.

Upper Iowa Veterans Conference - October 9, 2018

    Upper Iowa University - Fayette Main Campus

     9th Annual Veterans Conference -September 14th, 2018

          Chad Cook, veterans service director at Upper Iowa helped organize and host the 9th annual Iowa collegiate veterans conference at the Memorial Union on the Fayette Campus.  Lem Genovese performed during the lunch intermission and was well received. One student from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids was seen dancing to "Endangered". Vet service officers from Upper Iowa, Dubuque University and Iowa State were interested in a future concert/lecture presentation on their respective campuses.



Evan Williams American Made Heroes - August 15, 2016

     Evan Williams Bourbon, which traces its lineage back to 1792 in Louisville, Kentucky and New York City based advertising agency Xenopsi started its inaugural American Made Heroes Program that featured its ten finalists on limited edition red, white and blue bottles in the summer of 2016. Over 2000 applicants submitted for the singular recognition nationwide. Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran Lem Genovese was selected as one of the honored finalists.

2nd Manuscript Progress - January 28, 2016

   There are two large and long sections of the TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour. One concerns timelines for the Civil Rights movement from WW2 > 1960's, the nationwide epidemic of civil disturbances from 1965 > 1970, the saga of Medal of Honor Recipient Dwight Johnson and his tragic death in his hometown of Detroit, the subsequent national effort to get PTS recognized by both the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1968 to 1979, the Vet Center Outreach Program and the process of Jan Scruggs and his VN Memorial Commission to get "The Wall" accepted, funded and dedicated from 1979 to 1982.

    After about a year of research, revision and editing, the 212 page first big section for the second edition of the CHRONICLES has been accepted for the printing firm Warrior Publishing Group of Los Angeles on final editing and layout. Copies will also be forwarded to Pulitzer Prize winning author Myra McPherson, Congressman John Lewis among others for their commentary on the relevant chapters they lived through and wrote about

   The second long section will cover fixing how the Pentagon operates. Yes, we know that sounds oxymoronic, but that section will be completely streamlined to make it more user friendly and more recent boondoggles that have be declassified from contractor fraud in Iraq & Afghanistan will be included. The Pentagon section will be quite a bit different in format than the first edition's focus on the F-35. Descriptions of some of the worst Defense Contractor failures and fraud will be more concise. Recommendations for improving the manner with which the "Iron Triangle" of the Potomac > the Pentagon, Congress & Defense Contractors operates will be streamlined and far easier to read, digest and a healthy bibliography will be included as well.

   The Second Edition will also feature brand new articles on Military Sexual Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury. The two signature wounds from our time in Iraq & Afghanistan. The February 2015 issue of National Geographic's cover story on TBI will be included in the commentary.

    Thanks for putting up with all these details.  We want to thank those of you out there who have been so patient about Lem not putting out another CD these past few years. The book takes up quite a bit of his time. We hope that you find the second edition worth the wait, the weight ( 500 pages or more ) and worthy of your personal library. Renowned international journalist, photographer and documentarian Don North will be contributing photographs from his archives during his years covering the Vietnam war. Some of them have never been published before, giving the public a rare opportunity to view them for the very first time.

ISU Vets Week Banquet - November 21, 2014

     Special thanks goes out to Jathan Chicoine and the ISU Vets Center for allowing this music to be performed on the main stage of the Grand Hall of the Iowa State Memorial Union for their 3rd annual Vet Week Banquet.

     We are in the formative stages of a return performance @ ISU in 2015. Stay tuned for updates when they get confirmed.

Working on the 2nd Edition - August 22, 2014

  Yes, it's been a year since the last entry in the news/journal section of the website. Still haven't got a decent recording of "Body Count" which deals with the 22.5 suicides by our military personnel & veterans per day. Completed an anniversary song that's taken a year to hone called "One Good Woman" dedicated to the wives and women vets. Cross the Spinners with Hall & Oates.

   The second edition of the TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour is getting the manuscript slowly completed. In case you haven't heard, once the entire book is approved, it will be printed by the Warrior Publishing Group out of Los Angeles, California. It's a veteran owned & operated firm that also ties into film work with Marine officer & VN Vet Dale and his wife Julia at the helm.

    September 10th finds the tunesmith at the Coulee Region Suicide Prevention Summit at the LaCrosse, Wisconsin Civic Center closing the ceremonies and presentations for the day.




Ritual Cafe Review - June 9, 2013

Ritual Cafe - June 7th, 2013  Des Moines, IA  Review:

    "DISTINCTIVE, CREATIVE & UNIQUE - he melds generations and bends time with his lyrics and guitar playing. A MUST SEE for all guitar enthusiasts".




Warrior Publishing Signs On - June 2, 2013

Warrior Publishing of Los Angeles, California has agreed to accept a revised manuscript for the memoir -The TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour and publish it when it meets with their final approval. Once that is done, First Aviation Publishing will allow copies to be printed in a larger second edition making Lem Genovese truly a PUBLISHED author from a highly respected firm led by retired Marine Captain VN Veteran Dale Dye and his wife Julia. Thanks in particular to Julia Dye for her support and interest.


Book Review in VIETNAM Magazine - June 2, 2013

Don North's critique of the memoir - The TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour was featured on pages 63 & 65 in the August issue of VIETNAM magazine. The issue's headline has the 45th Anniversary of the Siege of Khe Sanh as the headline.

Memoir on - January 8, 2013


     The 525 page Ebook version of the memoir is available for $5.99 through Nook and Kindle on

The softbound 8.5" x 11" coffee table sized first edition is only available by contacting 1st Aviation Publishing by email or phone for $35. This includes USPS Priority mail in a strong cardboard box and the author will sign your copy with a special inscription should you so choose !

     The Ebook version is available through Barnes & Noblem and Amazon's websites for under $8.00.

"Righteous Reconnaissance" - July 10, 2012

The 14 song analog cassette studio tapes have been re-mastered with better sound quality and have been delivered to Yankee Medic Recording Company's office."RIGHTEOUS RECONNAISSANCE" is over an hour's worth of music spanning 1978 > 1987 and the SECOND CD from the Yankee Medic Recording Company. Single downloads and the entire CD are available on The CD contains over an hour's worth of material including a rare, live concert recording of "An Iowa Song".

Trotter's Cafe Review - April 21, 2012

Some communication breakdown as to starting time and who's got the PA system ? made for an interesting  strictly acoustic two hour stint. I mention this kind of architecture in my memoir. Even with a PA system, live music in places like this is an after thought. TWO separate rooms with a middle service area. Felt like part of the furniture again.  Do not expect a return engagement at this venue.

Froth House Review - April 4, 2012

" Thanks for the GREAT show the other night. Lots of FUN !"
--Julia McConahay Proprietor
Froth House - Madison, WI
March 29th, 2012

NVRC Benefit 2012 - December 28, 2011

Java Joe's 4th Street Theatre
Saturday, May 19th 2012
Armed Forces Day Benefit Concert
National Veterans Recovery Center

Longest chapter in memoir complete > 91 pages covering the civil rights movement, the tragic life of CMH recipient Dwight Johnson of Detroit, MI, the VN vets movement to get PTSD recognized and the VN Vet Memorial.

"BODY COUNT" Well Received - May 25, 2011

Lem Genovese' latest original song -"BODY COUNT" which concerns the glaring increase in the number of active duty, guard, reserve and veteran suicides was well received at its inaugural performance at the benefit concert on May 21st.
Reading from passages from the chapter of his memoir with the DOD & DVA statistics, the audience was receptive and warm in its support of the effort to alert the public to this dangerous trend.

NVRC Benefit Concert - May 25, 2011

The National Veterans Recovery Center Project's inaugural benefit concert was held @ the 4th Street Theatre in downtown Des Moines, Iowa on May 21st.
The NVRC wants to convert the old Knoxville VA Hospital facility into a world class holistic PTSD treatment center.
While the concert was not a sell out, the attendees were all enthused by the performance and the NVRC wants to continue to work with veteran tunesmith for future concerts @ Iowa universities.

Military Writers Society of America Article - March 13, 2011

The Military Writers Society of America publishes an online monthly news magazine called DISPATCHES each month. A familiar cover photo graces the latest edition with a chapter from the TUNESMITH CHRONICLES - "Elegy For The Fallen" as its cover article.
Access the website @ and hit "EVENTS" for the publication. The article starts with a biography on page ten and runs to page 16.

Cassette Recordings transfer - December 26, 2010

14 songs from the original analog tape masters of Lem's first three cassette recordings on the Vinh Long Delta Surplus recording label are in the process of going through the legal and digital transfer, mixing, mastering and production for the 2011 spring release of "RIGHTEOUS RECONNAISSANCE:
The Cassette Archives 1978 > 1987".
This will include a rare live recording of his old duo "Longknive"
from a 1978 benefit concert.

Max Cleland Letter - August 5, 2010

Dear Lem:

...Also, your music is terrific.
I'm so proud of you and your ability to make something of your life after Vietnam. You are an inspiration to me and I'm sure you motivate a hell of a lot of people through your life.
I'm going to send a copy of your letter to my dear friend, Jim Mayer.
He may be able to line you up with some gigs at Walter Reed. He is my former Admin Assistant when I was at the VA. He is currently with the Wounded Warriors Project in D.C.
Thanks again for the goodies !

Same Song / Same Refrain - July 21, 2010 Saturday - July 17th 2010
front page article w/ 2 photos

LZ Lambeau: Finally - May 18, 2010

Access this website for a laudatory article > o5/18/activist-musician

"LAST DISPATCHES" 3rd CD - May 4, 2010

Yankee Medic Records has finally secured the analog tape masters from Actual Sound Studios in LaCrosse, WI and had them digitally transferred at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN. The 8 songs contain session work from Violin virtuoso Randy Sabien, Lap Steel and Dobro ace Andy Dee and guitarist Paul Bergen from their 2006 sessions.

"Elegy For The Fallen" on Film Soundtrack - May 4, 2010

Waltzing Matilda film productions has selected the 12 String instrumental "Elegy For the Fallen" for its memorial service scene in its independent documentary on the 1/5 Marines in Afghanistan - "PATROL BASE JAKER".
The song will also be on the soundtrack CD as well as the film score.

"Elegy For The Fallen" on compilaton CD - November 6, 2009

Music For the Troops has selected Lem's moving 12 string guitar instrumental composition - "Elegy For The Fallen" written for the Gold Star Families of the US as part of its second compilation to be released on Veterans Day - November 11th, 2009.
The Compilation CD will be a free download to all active duty military personnel, and available at Post Exchange outlets.
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