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Charlie Sinclair plays guitar in a rock band. He works on an assembly line. His best friend is a drug addict. PISTONHEAD is the story of one week in Charlie Sinclair's life - a week that changed him forever.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by
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When I first came across this book I was hesitant to read it. A rock n' roll book, with a male main character, just did not appeal to me. By the time I read the guest post Mr. Hauck wrote for my blog, I knew I had read the book. The original synopsis does not do this book justice.

Charlie is in a rock band. They have had some semblance of local success. But this book is so much more than playing gigs, doing drugs and banging groupies. It is about life, humanity and how one measures success. Do yo
Kari Anderson
Charlie Sinclair runs a line at a plant by day, but by night, he is a rocker in one of Chicago’s up and coming bands. It’s not all glitz and glam for Charlie though, like you imagine for a rocker. He lives in his apartment with mice, his girlfriend cheated on him with another rocker, one of his band mates and best friends dies and he is losing his job in two weeks. There may be a glimmer of hope on the verizon, but with everything else on Charlie’s plate, that glimmer made fade out like a wet fi ...more
I immediately liked the main character, Charlie. I'm certainly not a music type person, so that all went over my head, but I bonded with Charlie's assembly line since I did lovely temp jobs like that during summers in college. Assembly works sucks - especially when it involves paper!

This was very well written, with a nice, easy to follow story. I especially enjoyed that this was a very real story, with real characters. Everyone was, while not entirely likable, someone you could really meet in re
Kathleen Hamilton
An unexpected treasure! You don't have to know (or care) anything about rock music to enjoy this new American classic. It reveals a personal journey and packs a powerful emotional punch. Charlie Sinclair is a modern Pilgrim who wants to make the best of his life but doesn't quite know how. This well-written and concise novel examines how each one of us defines success, and challenges our preconceptions. The characters are vivid and the settings (around the Boston area) are evocative. Once you pi ...more
Frank Gardner
What I learned from this book? A few things. Manufacturing is dying in the U.S. Rock bands work much harder than I thought. Having sex with a groupie is not always as thrilling as you might imagine. The music business is full of sharks (no surprise there). People who are in the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Hospital can work regular jobs. You are capable of much more than you ever imagined. This book will stay with you long after you have read it.
Although Charlie Sinclair works in the days on an assembly line, his goal is to be famous as a rock guitarist. This book follows Charlie for one week and tells how he finds success.
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