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Death of an Unsigned Band

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Being an unsigned band isn't a situation - it's a mental illness. Few people realise they're suffering from this affliction. Russell Groom knows, and he wants to change things fast. But Russell doesn't fit the traditional rock-star mould, and his woefully unexceptional band are headed nowhere, inhabiting a world of cramped and sweaty rehearsal rooms, crap day jobs, empty g ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Vintage Digital (first published February 14th 2010)
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Simon
Death Of an Unsigned Band by Tim Thornton (www.vintage-books.co.uk)
Yes I bought this book on the strength of the title that made me pick it off the shelf and a front page that bears the legend "Death of an unsigned band a novel by tim thornton unsigned bands never become signed bands. They have to die first." Yes that was enough to make me buy it.
Thankfully it is not a zombie or ghost or vampire story. Instead it is a good look at what it's like being in a unsigned band whose only ambition is to
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Maya Panika
I was once in a band, long ago, when the fictional members of Tim Thornton’s unsigned band were all small children, but it seems little has changed. This is a deeply familiar world, of pubs and clubs, battered transit vans, dank rehearsal studios and cold dingy bedsits full of fag ends and coffee cups and the stale smell of old patchouli.

There’s more than a touch of Nick Hornby in this closely observed comedy about the members of a struggling band, desperate to be signed. The story is told mainl
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Brian
I personally thought the prose wasn't the best, especially when the author's describing the music being played - it brings to mind the well-known quote that writing about music is like dancing about architecture: possible, but really, really difficult. Otherwise, the rest of the storytelling was pretty enjoyable, especially the dialogue: it's chock full of working-class British slang in all it's glory.

The events of the book mainly concern the band in question and their seemingly futile quest to
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Mark All
Tim Thornton's Death of an Unsigned Band is fun and readable, yet deeply meaningful on a personal level. For anyone who wants to know what it's like to be in a band, this novel is your vicarious experience; for any musician who's experienced the fragile dynamics of a band, you'll love reading about your life. The novel's story is the journey--or maybe life-cycle--of a rock band, the members of which look for their own kind of purpose or meaning in the struggle to make it as a signed act.
Toney
The slang alone makes this a fun read. One of the better "music" books i've read. Not quite High Fidelity, but good tension and humor with a bit of insight.
Alan Fricker
Having wanted to read this for some time I found it rather disappointing. All a bit thin.
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Tim Thornton was born in Darlington in 1973. Despite a boarding-school education and a degree in Drama, his adulthood has largely been spent playing the drums, currently for alt-blues act Fink.

In 2006 he escaped from behind the drumkit and headed for his laptop where he attempted to do what few drummers had done before: string a written sentence together. In fact he managed around 15,000 of them,
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