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Named after a street synonymous with music and drugs in the NoHo district of Manhattan, Great Jones Street sees Bucky hole up in an unfurnished apartment as he contemplates his fame and misfortune. Infiltrated by a domestic terrorist organisation and force-fed drugs that destroy the language centres of the brain, Bucky becomes a gibbering mess as various skinheads rifle his apartment and steal his unreleased album. Decades before the phenomenon of self-publishing, a young Irish writer believed in his novel about a soul revivalist band enough to publish it himself. Bad Blake is a stone-cold drunk who embodies the ugly side of the country and western music scene. Brought to life on screen by Jeff Bridges in the film adaptation, Blake is a talented musician who wasted his chances and lives with bitterness about the success of his peers. After abandoning his family decades before for a life on the road, Blake is facing down his sixties alone. His path-to-redemption story begins when he meets journalist Jean Craddock and her little boy Buddy.
by Ani DiFranco
It was with great pleasure, as an adolescent, that I came upon a copy of Iain Banks' Espedair Street. Having been reared on the 19th-century novel, it was a liberating experience to discover a text which focused on what seemed to me the ultimate signifier for contemporaneity: rock stardom. Banks charts their rise to fame through the s, amid the usual drugs and excess, until their split which leaves Weir a recluse in Glasgow, wondering what to do with the rest of his life. At the time, having had little exposure to contemporary fiction, that a book could deal with such subject matter was thrilling, a revelation. These days, of course, we are accustomed to the detailed examination of pop culture in literary fiction, with novelists such as Pynchon, Vonnegut and David Foster Wallace writing in detail about TV and related ephemera. For Wallace: "One of the most recognisable things about [last] century's postmodern fiction was the movement's strategic deployment of pop-cultural references — brand names, celebrities, television programs — in even its loftiest high art projects. There are several likely reasons for this.
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The Anomalies , Joey Goebel Goebel was the lead singer for the punk band The Mullets, and his first novel follows a band of five Kentucky misfits who play "power pop new wave heavy metal punk rock music. The Baltimore City Paper called the book "enjoyable" and "often funny. The Primal Screamer , Nick Blinko Written by the enigmatic lead singer of Rudimentary Peni, The Primal Screamer was an autobiographical work, apparently based on his band's early years. The novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize when it was released, and remains a cult classic. The first novel from these two young writers is funny, smart and surprisingly compassionate.