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Bizarno i brutalno ubojstvo bivšeg menadžera grupe “Nazgul” potaknut će nekadašnjeg underground novinara, danas pisca Sandyja Blaira na obilazak preživjelih članova benda. “Nazgűli”, koji su svoju inspiraciju crpli iz Tolkienove mitologije, bili su senzacija krajem šezdesetih sve dok im usred koncerta snajperskim hicem nije ubijen vodeći vokal Patick Hobbins, zvan Hobbit.
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Hardcover, first, 367 pages
Published 1995 by Algoritam, Zagreb, Hrvatska (first published September 1983)
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Jack Tripper
George RR Martin was rising up the ranks in sf/f and horror in the early 80s, winning awards left and right. Coming off his critically-acclaimed Sandkings collection and the highly successful historical vampire thriller, Fevre Dream, Martin's publisher rightfully pushed The Armageddon Rag as "the next big thing." Only no one bought it, and as a result the emotionally crushed author left the world of fiction-writing to become a Hollywood screenwriter instead.

At the time, this was Martin's most am
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Zoran Krušvar
Oct 23, 2012 Zoran Krušvar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is very important book for my relationship with mr. Martin. :-))

When "Song of Ice and Fire" started to get published in my country (Croatia) I was in a phase when I wanted to boycott all US products, because of US attack on whatever country US was attacking at that time.

At that point, major question for me was: shall I buy this "Game of Thrones" book by this US writer, or shall I boycott it as any other US product?

Fortunately, I have previously read "Armageddon Rag" and I've decided that t
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Sherwood Smith
Youth, anger, and rock and roll—three things with the power of magic, especially for those of us who were young in the sixties. In this combination murder mystery and road trip novel, Martin evokes that vividly, and then ponders where it all went.

The opening swiftly sets the scene: as the hippie generation swelled into student protest in the late sixties, the rock band called Nazgûl became the voice of a generation. Their rise to fame peaked on September 20th, 1971, at an enormous outdoor concer
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Ben Babcock
Did you know George R.R. Martin wrote novels before A Game of Thrones? Yes, it’s true! And you can read them! On paper, even! The Armageddon Rag is a 1980s tale of a journalist-turned-novelist recapturing the zeitgeist of the 1970s music scene. Spurred by a mysterious, sacrificial killing of a music promoter, Sandy Blair discovers that there might be more to it. Someone has a plan to reunite the band Nazgûl—particularly troubling since its lead singer is dead.

Sandy leaves the adult world of resp
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Siobhan
I really wanted to enjoy this one more than I did.

I love Martin’s work. Don’t get me wrong, I do not have the most extensive Martin collection, but I have read a decent number. Sadly, however, this one makes the cut as my least favourite George R. R. Martin book. Such a thing really disappoints me as I’d been sure that it would win me over in the end.

Alas, this book was made up of moments where I was really enjoying it and moments where I just wanted the whole thing to be over. To make matters w
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Richard Sutton
Jun 09, 2012 Richard Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writers usually have a few stories that bounce around in their heads for years. Some of them eventually make it to the page, while others just circulate and create occasional moodiness or anxiety behind the scenes. As a bonafide, ex-commune hippie... politically, a real "man the barricades" kind of guy, vague feelings of guilt over how I, and my generation, seem to have lost the ideals that seemed so important back then have been circulating for years. I want to sincerely thank George Martin for ...more
V.J. Chambers
May 19, 2013 V.J. Chambers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I wanted to love this book. In fact, I did love it, except for the ending. There are so many things about it that are just fantastic. The music, for instance. Even though you can't actually hear it, you can. You know what it would sound like it if it were real. The Nazgul themselves, sort of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles are wrapped up into one super group. The Tolkien influences. The hints of darkness and the imagery of the end and even the Yeats stuff.

But it just didn't come tog
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Rob
...The Armageddon Rag is probably the most unusual novel Martin has written. If you look at his development as a writer up to the 1980s one can only wonder what might have happened if he had continued to write novels. The fragment of Black and White and Red All Over that Martin published as part of the collection Quartet: Four Tales from the Crossroads (2001), shows that he was well on his way to delivering another very good and very different novel. One of the good things about the enormous suc ...more
Markus Molina
Okokokok, I love me some George RR Martin, but this book is severely lacking. It is by far the worst I've read from him and in it he accomplishes something I never thought could be possible... he writes some very one dimensional characters!

The story is a gigantic leap from the song of ice and fire world and isn't as cleverly crafted as the fevre dream world. The characters in this book are unlikable and stale. The main protagonist is a close minded, hippie, doucebag journalist who is obsessed wi
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Susan
Oct 22, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You'd think that mixing GRR Martin and detective novels, which are one of my favorite genres, would be a good thing. Sadly it didn't work out. In my case because this book is...how Stephen King put it...? "The best novel concerning the American pop music culture of the sixties I’ve ever read." -- and my knowledge and appreciation of pop culture -- any aspect of it, is practically nil. It's wildly different from the other fantasy stories that Martin wrote, with parts of it feeling weirdly biograp ...more
Zoran Krušvar
Mar 24, 2013 Zoran Krušvar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is very important book for my relationship with mr. Martin. :-))

When "Song of Ice and Fire" started to get published in my country (Croatia) I was in a phase when I wanted to boycott all US products, because of US attack on whatever country US was attacking at that time.

At that point, major question for me was: shall I buy this "Game of Thrones" book by this US writer, or shall I boycott it as any other US product?

Fortunately, I have previously read "Armageddon Rag" and I've decided that th
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Anna
Aug 19, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first George R. R. Martin book. Like, you know, completely written by him, not him together with Gardner Dozois. And it was quite good. I might not really be an expert in 60's music or hippie movement, but this actually made me wish the Nazgul (screw the thingies on top of the letters, meh, too tired) were a real band. They sounded so goddamn _interesting_. 60's rock might not exactly be my cup of tea, for the most part, but I wished for a soundtrack of it to go with this.

I started
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Jack
Aug 26, 2013 Jack rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's rare that I hate a protagonist this much. He's emblematic of that "my 60s generation was the best generation, man!" sort of guy. "Today's music sucks, our music was REAL ROCK! Just listen to the lyrics, man!" He's the type prone to baby boomer self-aggrandizement, but without anything to actually show for it. On one level, it seems like Martin is critiquing this 60s-Golden-Age type, but on another level I think we're supposed to buy into his impotent angst and perhaps nod along in approval ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Originally published in 1983, The Armageddon Rag was reissued in paperback by Gollanz in 2013 when George RR Martin’s books had become worth their weight in gold, thanks to the Game of Thrones TV series.

Rag is a modern murder mystery which journalist Sandy Blair investigates at the request of a former colleague who now runs the magazine Sandy once helmed. Setting aside his stalled novel, Sandy sets out on the trail of a story that links the present murder to events that happened 10 years earlier
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Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
Martin refers to The Armageddon Rag as the book that almost ended his career, and after reading it, I can sort of see why. The Armageddon Rag is a complicated book, equal parts ode to and condemnation of the sixties and the Baby Boomers, with a healthy dose of fantasy and horror thrown in. It's a tough book to pin down, both genre-wise and attitude-wise, and I think a lot of people would find something like this confusing. Also, if you are a Baby Boomer, this book will probably make you mad (Mar ...more
Ignacio
Novela que va de más a menos, con buenas ideas que se vienen abajo con un final lejos de las expectativas creadas. Lo mejor viene por la reconstrucción con un toque sobrenatural de la vida de una macro banda reunida tras una década de separación, y cómo Martin indaga en qué pasó con el espíritu contracultural de los 60. Sin llegar a integrar del todo ambos aspectos pero siendo efectivo. Sin embargo la novela encalla en su último tercio cuando llega el momento de construir su clímax; Martin no sa ...more
Cristina Frîncu
Sep 21, 2015 Cristina Frîncu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pe la jumătatea cărții am oprit muzica. Nu se mai putea. Din carte bubuiau tobe, scheunau chitare, pufneau cutremure, porneau avalanșe, mi se răscoleau paginile între degete, Pat Hobbins, albinosul rockstar, îmi cresta împrejurul cu vocea lui din altă lume de-mi sîngerau urechile. Mi-am băgat degetele în urechi și nu, de fapt nu-mi sîngerau, dar așa mi le simțeam, probabil că erau prea excitate. Chiar am ascultat muzică dintr-o carte pînă mi s-au umezit urechile de plăcere? Da. Și ochii? Și ei. ...more
Eric
May 20, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was wondering through my home town's shopping centre, this book happen to catch my eye, the paperback version which I found had the eye of mordor on the front cover, being a fan of Tolkien, that peaked my interest.
As you read this review, please be aware that, unlike others who have read this, nostalgia did not effect the impact of this book, as I was born in 1995.
The idea was interesting, a book about sex, drugs and rock and roll, with some paranormal aspects and Tolkien references. The
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Tani
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I went into this book. I'd never heard of it before it came up on my list of award nominees, and although I've read George R. R. Martin before, it's all been A Song of Ice and Fire, which is a very different beast. What I got wasn't terrible, but for me, it wasn't great.

This book relies pretty heavily on nostalgia, I think. Sandy, the main character, is still very stuck on the sixties, even though this book is set in the nineties (I think). His every act
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Michael
Jan 30, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like a lot of folks, I wasn't quite sure what I was reading when I started Armageddon Rag. I had just finished Fevre Dream by Martin, and the quicker pace of Fevre Dream through me off a bit to start since I started reading Armageddon Rag the same day that I finished Fevre Dream.

As I got deeper into Rag, I got accustomed to the pace. The story definitely took time to develop, and I grew impatient a few times. I had problems identifying with a lot of characters, but I'm chalking that up to me al
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Ivana S.

Such a weird book.
I thought this would be a murder mystery mixed with some good rock music. And it was, for about 1/3 of the story. It was scary and interesting and hard to put down.

2/3 was about music. And it was great! I loved every single description of Nazgul on the stage, of concerts and songs - it was so real that I felt like I was right there, singing with the crowd. Those parts were just brilliant and I enjoyed them very, very much. For some reason, I think that ''Ragin'' would be my fa
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Isblue
Sep 21, 2013 Isblue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, 2013
This is the first time I've read this book since it was released in paperback, the first time. The book is not science fiction and it's barely fantasy. There are definitely elements of the horror genre. I wouldn't call it a mystery or a thriller though it contains both elements. I think my favourite thing about this book is the descriptive language. You can almost see the dreams and visions he describes, and you will quail. Powerful words give the reader some of the best writing on rock music an ...more
Chris
May 11, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This hardback re-issue of George R.R. Martin's 1983 novel 'The Armageddon Rag' is strikingly eye-catching. The storyline is similarly grabbing. Compared to 'Fevre Dream' and 'A Song of Ice and Fire', this book's fantasy elements are very toned down. Instead, this book examines the power of rock music in our culture. Sandy Blair is a struggling writer/journalist hired to investigate the murder of a very rich rock promoter, most famous for making the Nazgul a world-renowned band.

The novel graduall
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Stephanie
Dec 13, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novel, and the author. this is the first time I've ready his work, and I was addicted from the very beginning. All day long, I couldn't wait to get back to it, and find out what happened next. And as a child of the 60's, I have to say the tone and FEEL of this novel was SPOT ON.
Constantly while reading, scenes played out in my head like I was watching a movie. Novels like this are few and far between, and I was addicted to the sound of the characters and their lives, and their voice
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Alan
Oct 04, 2008 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who wonder where we went wrong
The place names are pure music legend:

Woodstock,
Altamont,
Monterey,
West Mesa...

West Mesa?

It is Sept. 20, 1971. The Nazgul, premier rock group of the 1960s, are performing on West Mesa near Albuquerque in front of 60,000 fans when a high-powered rifle bullet rips out the life of Patrick Henry "Hobbit" Hobbins, the Nazgul's lead singer. He dies instantly, and the 60s die with him.

The Armageddon Rag begins 10 years or so later, in the decade foreshadowed by Orwell. The three surviving Nazgul have l
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Marva
May 21, 2015 Marva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tolkeinesque references, making beauty out of words on love making, the MUSIC to wake the dead and the devilish murders and doomed spheres!! I like this, not great still pretty good and readable! Depends on your lust for music and the lust for the sake of lust (through the already written letters and the images you imagine)
Sandra
Jan 06, 2016 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jednostavno me ova knjiga nije oduševila. S jedne strane brilijantno opisano razdoblje 60 ih i početak 70 ih godina, raspoloženje mladih i njihova očekivanja i razočaranja kada ti se dogodi život i samelje te. S druge strane mlaki horor i karekterizacija pojedinih likova. Jednostavno previše sam očekivala od ovog djela i vraški se morala potruditi završiti s čitanjem. Naporno.
Ryan Collins
Sep 12, 2015 Ryan Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Armageddon Rag is, in many ways, a pivotal point in George R.R. Martin's narrative as a storyteller. The book nearly destroyed his career as a novelist due to poor sales, but the reviews themselves were very positive. Stephen King called it "the best story concerning the American pop music culture of the 60s that he's ever read."

The Rag is at once a high and low point for Martin's pre-Ice and Fire work, representing both his strongest and weakest points as a storyteller. As he weaves the sto
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Dave
Jul 17, 2015 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin I am an enormous fan of A Song of Ice and Fire fan. I am on halfway through my third read of that series. I have read the Princess and the Queen, and all the Dunk and Egg novellas. So I thought it might be time to delve into Martin's past writing.
I came to this work looking for the nidus of Martin's writing, and I came away extremely disappointed. I love the asoiaf series and its related tales because of the characters. I am not a huge Fantasy fan and am not too interested in medieval
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K115987
Dec 22, 2014 K115987 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Premessa: quando ero adolescente negli anni ’90 io e la mia cricca di amici avevamo il mito degli anni ’60 americani, l’impegno, gli hippies, la voglia di cambiamento, ma soprattutto la musica che accompagnava tutto ciò: Jimi, i Doors, i Black Sabbath, i Deep Purple e tutto il panorama musicale rivoluzionario di quegli anni. Leggere questo libro, scritto da uno dei miei autori preferiti, mi sembrava una tappa obbligata, anche se sono passati 20 anni (ma col senno di poi mi vien da dire “soprattu ...more
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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