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Little Heroes

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  231 ratings  ·  12 reviews
An over-the-hill rock star, a Puerto Rican street kid, and two children of the electronic age discover strength in numbers when they take on the power of Musik, Inc., in a war of nerves, passion, and rock 'n' roll. Spinrad uses the violent, sexually explicit language of new wave sf to communicate an ultimately touching message of courage and humanity that breaks through th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Spectra (first published 1987)
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Linda
I loved this book. Spinrad rants long and wordily at points, but the underlying energy and plot carries you past the problems. Unlike some of his other works (Bug Jack Baron, I'm looking at you), Little Heroes has aged well. This was a really fun read, and with the whole issue of DRM and rights management, its sentiments remain remarkably applicable today. The spirit of rock and roll is alive and well, despite the machinations of the pinheads upstairs.
Olethros
-Otra forma de hacer género.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Glorianna O´Toole es una madura cantante de Rock sin ningún gran éxito tras cuarenta años en la industria y que aunque odia a Muzik, Inc. y a todo lo que representa acepta una entrevista con su presidente y terminará aceptando también la oferta para dirigir el diseño y creación de una nueva superestrella musical, proyecto en el que también trabajará Bobby Rubin, músico electrónico de estudio, y Sally Genaro, intérprete de V
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Tucker
Written well before anyone had ever heard of MTV, cyberspace, designer drugs, virtual reality, or CGI this is a rowdy, raucous, raunchy, rebellious tale that is both a great read and great social commentary.
Ghoule
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 2001.

In popular music, there has always been an uneasy alliance between the commercial and the artistic and, since rock'n'roll began, the rebellious attitude integral to its success. Little Heroes depicts a future where Muzik Inc. controls just about all pop music - it is a company based at least in part on MTV - and aims to take away entirely the difficult to control human artist from the discs they sell. Spinrad's vision looks as though it coul
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Nicolas
C’est pas tous les jours qu’on a l’occasion de lire un bouquin aussi manifestement né sous le signe du rock’n’roll. Et celui-ci est le rock fait SF.
Il raconte en effet comment une société de production musicale crée des stars virtuelles pour encaisser un maximum d’oseille, en utilisant au passage tous les moyens de la technique pour "optimiser" l’impact de ses chansons. Et comment, en introduisant dans cette belle mécanique un peu d’humanité, ou de "soul", toute cette belle mécanique va leur pé
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Chris
Aug 09, 2007 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys sex, drugs, and manufactured rock and roll
Currently re-reading.

"Little Heroes" suffers big-time from Spinrad's habit of letting his plot get away from him and romp through fifteen or sixteen chapters while restating the same precepts over and over again. Fortunately, his characterization and dialogue are such that you don't care.

It's the near-future, and the music industry is tanking. They're looking to cut costs and a big one is the overhead for the actual musicians. Obvious answer: eliminate them. The technology is good enough that a
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Paul Sabourin-hertzog
There's a lot in here that was right up my alley. It's a dystopian punk novel, based around the music industry. I really enjoyed parts of it, and then found myself disconnected from parts of it. It's probably a personal preference thing, but some of the stream of consciousness style drug or dream sequences left me out in the cold. The world of the story feels dated but is also utterly captivating. In the end a frustrating read for me, but I did get through it.
Edward Becerra
Cyberpunk with rock & roll LONG before the cyberpunk movement became fashionable. I read it when it first came out, and still re-read it at least once a month for inspiration.
Pedro
Es increíble que se describiese tan bien hace unos cuantos años la situación actual de la,industria musical.
Liz
events in this book will become reality as soon as costuming technology is up to it
Leslie
Dated but very fun.
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Born in New York in 1940, Norman Spinrad has been an acclaimed SF writer.

Norman Spinrad, born in New York City, is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. In 1957 he entered City College of New York and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a pre-law major. In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris. He married fellow novelist N. Lee Woo
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