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RJMcDonnell 02-25-2011 12:14 PM

Rock Novels
I'm in the process of reading my way through the subgenre of Rock Novels. There are two that I've liked best, so far. The first is called Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen. It's a fun mainstream mystery about a dead rock star, his wild widow, eccentric band mates, and the lost tracks to a comeback album. The second is Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried. This one has an authentic feel for what goes on behind the scenes in the not-so-private lives of a headline rock band. If you can recommend any other Rock Fiction titles, I'd like to check them out.

WestofMars 03-07-2011 06:19 PM

Aww, RJ, thanks!

That Carl Hiaasen is a new one by me -- and I thought I'd read all of his books! (Watch it be the one sitting on my night table!) I'm going to have to add it to my list of Rock Books over at my website.

btw, folks reading this... RJ's books are darn good, too. Like, don't miss 'em good.

Wolf Dog Moon 03-14-2011 03:09 PM

HAMMER OF THE GODS. Led Zeppelin. AWESOME READ. Very fun to read. You won't want to put it down!

WestofMars 03-14-2011 03:34 PM

True. I read it many years ago. However, it's considered non-fiction. Not a novel.

Wolf Dog Moon 03-16-2011 09:57 AM

Heart Shaped-Box by (Stephen King's son) Joe Hill. There's a lot of Rock references in Stephen King's Novel, IT. And The Stand. I've not read many novels specifically with rock as the theme other than that.

Janszoon 03-16-2011 11:40 AM

Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede
A wonderfully weird book about a Buddy Holly lookalike who was conceived on the day Buddy Holly died and what happens to him once the real Buddy Holly appears on TV and tells the world that he's alive and well and living on one of Jupiter's moons.

WestofMars 03-16-2011 12:12 PM

That sounds really deliciously goofy. I'm going to have to track it down. And steal Heart-Shaped Box back from my parents. I loaned it to them a year ago when my dad hurt his back and couldn't do much more than lay around and read. Needless to say, he got better before he read that one.

Urban Hat€monger ? 03-16-2011 12:37 PM

Kill Your Friends by John Niven

It's about an opinionated asshole of an A&R man in late 90s London who will walk over anybody who gets in his way at becoming head of the record label.

Read it in 2 days it was that good.

Wolf Dog Moon 03-16-2011 12:48 PM

One of Anne Rice's novels has a rockstar/vampire story. Whichever book Queen of the Damned is is based on.

WestofMars 03-16-2011 12:49 PM

Actually, it was Lestat who was the rock star. The book was The Vampire Lestat

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