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Play from your heart

Play From Your Fucking Heart by Jerry Hyde was published in 2014 by Soul Rocks Books.

You can buy it on Amazon, just like everything else, but why not support your local bookshop, assuming you still have one, and order it direct from them?

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Watch the book launch here: http://vimeo.com/110670357

My blog The Keith Richards Health Plan has regular rants updated most weeks, and work from Paris based Seymour Magazine can be viewed here, as can an interview I did with them here https://vimeo.com/142430192.

My next work, The Book of Sin, or How to Save the World – a Practical Guide will be out at the end of 2017.

Twelve months.

Ten commandments 

Seven Sins. 

One plan… 

On January 1 2016, author Jerry Hyde – ‘the most dangerous therapist in the world’ – set out on a year-long adventure into the murky underworld of Sin with one objective in mind… to save the world.

Join Hyde on an exhilarating journey through hope, despair, love and loss made all the more twisted by daily microdoses of psilocybin mushrooms.  Listen in on conversations with such disparate and at times desperate characters as national treasure Grayson Perry, tantric chieftain Shivam O’Brien, Mem the Mad Sufi and LSD blotter designer Kevin Barron. 

The Book of Sin is not a self-help book. It’s a do-it-yourself-help book.  Read on if you want a better understanding of how to live life by your own rules, and how to make the world a better, safer, richer and more peaceful place.

What they said about Play From Your Fucking Heart:

“Jerry Hyde is the magpie of wisdom, delivering it in the way all great tricksters do, ass backwards.  If you are like me and self help books make you cringe and yet there is a nagging feeling that you’re a bit bored shitless of how you see the world, Jerry is like the crazy man you meet randomly in the pub that makes magical fucked up sense.  I read this book while travelling to work. Suddenly commuting became a rock and roll journey towards myself.  Don’t be a pussy –  read it.”  Sam Roddick founder of Coco de Mer and pleasure activist.

“Reading Jerry Hyde’s latest book is like having a transcendental late-night chat with the cool big brother you wish you’d had. Unapologetically honest, rebellious and thought-provoking, Jerry’s direct conversational style grabs you hard by the ear from the first page, and keeps yanking until you’re paying attention and sitting right next him on the ‘ledge beyond the ledge’. With your legs dangling precariously over the abyss, you peer down at the mundane life you once led and wonder what the fuck you were doing before you read this book. Jerry Hyde pulls no punches, in fact he’s got a mean left hook, but instead of ‘knocking your lights out’ he turns them on.”  Melissa Unger- Creative Consultant & Founder of Seymour Projects

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“As a self-confessed ‘artist/rocker’ who likes to live life on the wild-side but then ends up reaching for some self improvement guide to redeem myself of guilt, this book actually says fuck it… live the life you want to! This is a dangerously insightful and brutally frank glimpse at life through the eyes of Jerry Hyde… Moral depravity and genius clash head on and hand in hand… couldn’t put the fucker down.”  Darryl Gates, Diamond Jacks Tattoo, London.

“I don’t know anything about Therapy and only slightly more about Rock ‘n Roll, but what I do know is that most people in the modern world are definitely not Awake. Sedated by our culture and hiding beneath veils of assumed personality, we are Souls in hiding.  Who can say what it takes to Wake Up? How to be fully conscious in this crazy pulsating mystery that is Life? There is a fine art to surfing the paradox of losing the self and Finding the Self. The way is not what our sleepyheads think it is.  If you really must read another book before surfacing from your slumbers then read this one! Don’t be lulled into thinking that this is just another innocent meandering yarn in the comfy web of your dream, the rude crowing rooster resounds throughout. Refreshingly free from New Age twaddle, uncompromisingly honest and with some genuinely helpful tips, this may be the literary equivalent of a zen alarm clock.”  Claire Heron – Enlightenment Intensive Master

“Wake up and celebrate – Jerry Hyde writes a mother of a book…”  Jonny Phillips, actor and director.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Jerry for ten years – if our relationship started as a conventional therapist/client scenario it soon became apparent it wasn’t like what I’d seen in the films. If the initial topic was about being an alcoholic/victim/loser it soon became about so much more. Our work together took me on a journey within. It wasn’t like he was offering me the answers, more he was prompting me to ask the questions.  I remember him telling me that a client had left him because he didn’t feel like he was being offered enough advice. Makes you think if there was someone out there with all the answers they’d write a book & everyone in the world would buy it & we’d all be ok … wouldn’t we? So instead READ THIS. Less  of a Self Help book more a Help Yourself book . A book where the learnings & quotes of Bill Hicks mean as much as those of Carl Jung. Where a viewing of Apocalypse Now will give you more insight than the collective readings of any organised religion. This book will instill bravery in yourself, your fuck ups will start to have a meaning beyond “I can’t believe I fucked up again”, they will be the source of your wisdom. This book says don’t trust anyone who say’s they’ve got the answer to your problems, just trust yourself.  But be warned, the cult begins here.”  Sean Rowley, Guilty Pleasures.10502033_950421068311907_3556946516142214299_n

“Jerry’s book will ruin your life. And you’ll thank him for it.”  John Williams, author of Screw Work Let’s Play.

“Like many others I first met Jerry Hyde after he was recommended to me as a therapist. Within 30 seconds of meeting him I decided I didn’t like him and wasn’t going to tell him anything personal at all. After 30 minutes I had told him things I hadn’t even told myself! That was in 1998 and I went on to spend the next ten years participating in the first of several ongoing men’s therapy groups that he setup. There were a few constants throughout this time: an exciting, slightly dangerous tension between suspicion and commitment from the members; an increasing understanding that the group thrives on the creative freedom of the individual; and Jerry’s unfailing professionalism, kindness and care.

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Jerry has developed a therapeutic style that is truly his own and this book is a provocative, funny and revealing presentation of his ideas. Its rock ‘n roll flippancy belies the wisdom amassed from 20 years of experience and while I might retain some suspicion of the language (I don’t know whether to hide it from my kids or not), I felt deeply moved when I completed it. I don’t think Jerry has the slightest desire to be a guru: his work inhabits an almost contradictory world where those who are really inspired by him feel no need to be like him! Enlightenment indeed.”  Dominic Murcott, composer and educator.

“Hi Jerry, you may NOT use the title, The Keith Richards Health Plan.”  Fran Curtis, Executive Vice President, Rogers & Cowan, PR and Marketing for The Rolling Stones.

“I met Jerry through an email. He sent me a few video samples that were to illustrate his approach to his work, including (a refreshing wild card for a London therapist who might have some sort of reputation to uphold) a definition of enlightenment from a very hard-hitting American standup icon. There was nothing in Jerry’s email to suggest he was a reliable, well sorted, fully certified, emotionally flat, socially predictable therapist.

I liked him straight away.

And vision quest, no less, was part of the therapy! Impressed that this guy had seemingly retained some natural, trustworthy wildness, I invited him to my fire… that’s a Celtic roundhouse, that used to be a tipi, that became a community in a wild valley in Wales where we all… well Jerry’ll mention that later.

Only when I met twenty-five of his ‘clients’, a couple of years later, did I realise just how much this honest, straight talking, ex-rock and roller therapist meant to so many people. Without voicing one politically or therapeutically correct sentence, without playing any leadership tactic or trip, without throwing out any ideas that might have pulled a ‘wow,’ he commanded utter respect and trust from some pretty world-hardened musicians, edge of the envelope creative types and even a fair proportion of sane friendly professional Londoners.

These people trusted him pretty much for the same reasons I did. He wasn’t ever going to say anything big about who he was, where he’d been or what he knew. Yet he held – without being overly visible. He commanded – without any orders. He nurtured – without intruding.

Jerry doesn’t hold out any ‘fits all’ answers, or policy, or correctness, however, he is humbly real and doesn’t ever give away that behind the dry humour and fain Englishness there is a sharply astute, highly principled adult male, devoted to truth and gentleness and one that can’t be bought at any price.

That’s why I like him. That’s why I am writing this introduction. And that’s why you should read Play From Your Fucking Heart – apart from the fact that he’s a highly entertaining writer.

This book is like sitting in Jerry’s wonderful London pad having a long growling and grinning chat about life, living and learning. He won’t be trying to sell you anything, it’s a real sharing of loves, failures, insights and joys that you can put in your shoes and walk forward with.

Jerry, as usual, is saying what he wants to say in a language anyone can understand and you won’t have to join in with any pseudo-psycho talk or have your intellect bombarded with smart ideas. The smart ideas are there alright, plenty of ‘em, but it’s one human to another, speaking easy, heart to heart.

Read on, if you’re in search of satisfaction, Jerry Hyde is plucking some real and raw notes here – a Rolling Stone in the Delta of Healing.”

Shivam O’Brien, Galway, Oct 20th 2013.