Rock on: An Office Power Ballad
- Dressed up as a member of Kiss every Halloween
- Memorized Led Zeppelin IV at age ten
- Fronted a lip-sync band in junior high
- Worked as a college DJ while he was a college...more
Oh, what the hell, I'll step forward and chastise them. If there was ever a book that really had no need to be published, it's this on...more
by Dan Kennedy
Does life in corporate America baffle you? Do you catch yourself theorizing regularly about how executives make 7 digits a YEAR? What is it they DO? Rock On doesn't explain any of this satisfactorily, but it does allow its reader a reprieve from the seriousness of it all.
When I picked up this book I approached it cautiously. I don't normally get excited about pop culture memoirs and I didn't expect this to be any different. I was very interested in reading a memoir by Dan Ke...more
There are some laugh-out-loud moments in this book, especially those depicting the culture of marketing meetings and the you-wanna-be-a-winner-don't-ya attitudes so rife in corporate America. Mr. Kennedy's at his best when he's writing bits that could describe *any* corporation. Why? Because we already know that the music industry is more interested in money than talent and that it's out of touch. I wonder just how many people Dan Kennedy's age really are naive enough to th...more
In Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, Kennedy offers a smal...more
About the Book: Rock On is the honest experience of Dan Kennedy while he worked for a major label in the late '90s, just as the music industry was officially and totally starting to fall apart. Kennedy literally falls into a job that many dream of, and goes along for the ride in the weird world known as the music industry. He's honest about the events he witnessed, and doesn't sugarcoat the eccentric world he was dropped in.
Why I like it: When I was little I dreamed of working...more
What was even more fun was guessing who he was talking about in some of these instances and putting faces to names.
Given his association with the McSweeney's set (authors like Dave Eggers and Sarah Vowell), it's no surprise that critics found Dan Kennedy's book to exhibit the self-conscious-yet-genuine wit to which that journal aspires. Many reviewers go gaga for this sort of thing; others think it's a tone whose time has passed. But even the latter group enjoyed Kennedy's memoir, whether because of the subject matter or the author's true respect for honest creativity and the people who, for better or worse,...more
Thanks for making me laugh out loud at work. Those are the best times in my little beige cubicle. I have a built in affection for Rock On and actually reading this book has only helped that grow. (My former coworker and I, at our former job, made a power ballad about bookselling in a cheesy bookselling competition that we won.)
The book is a funny paranoid look at office life. It's like the inside of my head, but better sense I can laugh at it. Office life is the same everywhere...more
Thanks, Dan Kennedy, I really needed you to explain to me the difference between a guitar and a bass. I will continue to listen to your Moth pod...more
Katie warned me that I might not like this book because I have severe embarrassment squick. There were a few times when I was embarrassed for Dan Kennedy, but generally my embarrassment was obscured by my blinding white hatred. Seriously. I hate Dan Kennedy after reading this book. I might not be able to listen to The Moth anymore, because the tag at the end of every...more
From there, the book becomes a little less insightful and kind of dwells on the insecurities of a recor...more
This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
Rock On: An Office Power Ballad
Vince Darcangelo, Special to the Rocky
Published February 22, 2008 at 12:05 a.m.
* Nonfiction. By Dan Kennedy. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $14.95. Grade: B+
Book in a nutshell: Kennedy, a regular contributor to McSweeney's and author of the comedic memoir Loser Goes First, writes a riotously funny chronicle of his year-and-a- half stint in the music business.
DK's latest snarkoir, which is about his life in the last financially-viable days of the music industry, a kind of Rock Goet...more
Dan Kennedy is an American writer living in New York and host of The Moth storytelling podcast. He is the author of three books: "Loser Goes First" (Random House, 2004), "Rock On" (Algonquin, 2008), and "American Spirit: A Novel" (Amazon/Houghton Mifflin,...more