170th out of 245 books — 65 voters
Fictional tale that revoloves around an individual's plight for artistic integrity in the 1980s hardcore punk scene. It's a coming-of-age story of sorts.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Layman Pr
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one of my all time favorite books. It takes place during the time of the 1980's American D.I.Y. punk revolution, and for anyone old enough to remember one minute blasts of powerchorded guitar fury, drums sounding like the set was on fire and the poor fellow on the drum stool had to highhandedly beat back the blaze with his sticks, while the bass player flailed wildly against heavy gauge strings to create a bassline you could feel in your sternum all the way in the back of the hall...and all the...more
Read NOTHING by this guy. He writes like a barely literate 14 year old, tossing in appearances by his favorite bands, building leads to stories and characters that go nowhere, delivering line by line conversations that drag for pages unnecessarily... I swear he had no editor. Lame in every respect (and I actually like punk). There's a *reason* he had to self-publish. Save yourself!
I haven't read this since college, but it was fun enough. If memory serves, I picked it up at a punk rock show. If you're under 20 and listen to 1980s punk, it's not a must-read (but an enjoyable one). If you're over 21, it's probably a little juvenile but could be an ok trip down memory lane.
Charles published this novel independently. I was so engulfed in it I just couldn't put it down. It totally threw me back to high school years and punk rock music. He took a lot of time trying to promote this book on his own and should be applauded for a job well done.