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“Bangkok Beat is a celebration of a movement, a group of irregulars who have taken a different path.”
Christopher G. Moore, International Crime Authors Reality Check
“This is a fun read, told in a warm and humble voice devoid of literary pretensions or highfalutin prose, reminding readers of one of Bangkok’s chief virtues: It’s teeming with all sorts of eccentric expat characters endowed with hugely entertaining backstories.”
Jim Algie, Bangkok 101 Magazine
“Bangkok Beat doesn’t sugar coat things, its tells you how it is. But not all … it provides you the merest glimpse of what there is out there in Bangkok. It lights a fire under you to find out how deep the rabbit hole goes no matter how dark that hole may get. It does what any good media does – it leaves you wanting more.”
Simon Skey, United Kingdom Book Reviewer

I am pleased to announce the launch of the paperback edition of Bangkok Beat via Create Space store and as of June 8th, 2015. The book is now available at Amazon USA, Amazon UK and Amazon Europe and the Create Space Store.

The eBook is available as well but as of December 8th, 2015 the eBook is NOT available at The eBook is available for $7.95 at:


Apple iTunes Bookstore




Barnes and Noble and Barnes and



In addition Bangkok Beat can be purchased directly from Bangkok Beat – The Store for Thailand residents and also at Checkinn99 located forever between Sukhumvit Soi 5 and Soi 7 in Bangkok, Thailand. Don’t look for the sign. It’s gone. If you find yourself in Phnom Penh it can also be found at the two Monument Books stores.

Here is what people are saying about Bangkok Beat and Check Inn 99:

In a Bangkok which is quickly destroying all signs of its past glories in favor of shopping malls, Check Inn 99 stands as a beacon of hope to those of us old enough to remember it in all its mutations and still young enough to enjoy it as it is now. Bangkok Beat, in a series of short stories, up close interviews and artist profiles, chronicles some of the amazing history, people and entertainment found in Bangkok and often at Check Inn 99. 

Dean Barrett, author of Kingdom of Make Believe and Hangman’s Point

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Bangkok 2015 is like Paris circa 1900 or Berlin in the 1920’s & 30’s, a vortex of noir where artists, writers, poets, filmmakers, journalists and musicians search deep into the darknesss for a glimpse of humanity and hope…..Kevin Cummings is one of the brave souls walking on the edge of the darkness in order to document its depth and breadth.

Chris Coles, artist & author of NAVIGATING THE BANGKOK NOIR

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A fascinating collection of interviews, literature reviews and stories from Thailand and the region. Kevin focuses on one of his favorite expat nightlife venues — Bangkok’s Check Inn 99 — with accounts about musicians, poets, authors and other night owls.

 Melissa Ray, 4 Time Muay Ying Champion in Thailand and blogger of Muay Thai on the Brain

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Chris​ Catto-Smith has a pig headed determination to give a voice to the often unheard talents of, writers, poets, actors, singers and artists.​ Check Inn 99 is a highly refreshing venue​ in a stagnating entertainment scene that only seems concerned with cheap copy bands that have churned out the same old tunes, ​forever. Chris, and those who support his vision, such as Thailand Footprint blogger Kevin Cummings whose new book, Bangkok Beat, is a collection of real events including entertaining stories involving the colorful history of Check Inn 99, could well drag Bangkok kicking and screaming into a brave new world, which it will be thankful for in the end because… it doesn’t get any better than this.

Kevin Wood, singer, musician, actor and author of Opium Sparrows

BANGKOK BEAT ebook cover 8june2015 border2500 (1)Bangkok Beat is now on sale at Create Space Stores, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, iTunes Store for Books, Bangkok Beat the Store, and Checkinn99 Night Club