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Wrack and Roll

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This book is set in an Alternate America. When President Franklin Roosevelt choked to death on a chicken bone in 1933, it signaled the start of a brave new world - a world in which America would ally with the USSR against the threat of the Anglo-Chinese Alliance - a world where the death on the Moon of rock superstar Bitch Alice sparked a Wracker explosion that would would ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1986)
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Jul 15, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Punks
The plots of Mr. Denton's books are generally preposterous. Blackburn was about a sympathetic serial killer who murders overcharging mechanics and the like. Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, is pretty much what it sounds like. And Wrack and Roll, is about music as a legitimate political force, but not in the lame sixties way; in the genuinely scary underground nineties way. I don't expect anyone else I know will ever read this book.

And that will be their loss.

Bradley Denton understands
Denton's first novel is an excellent science fiction story, as well as a terrific rock and roll novel. Though it's been all but forgotten after the critical attention his later works attracted, it's still worth searching out. It resonates with a sort of frantic energy, exuberant pacing, passionate emotion, and even occasional charming awkwardness that's the hallmark of the best rock music. Tycho rocks. Frag Houston.
I read this book at about 13 and it's been on my bookshelf ever since. Haven't read it in probably 10 years, but it still comes with me through every move. I think I should read it again and see what my adult self thinks of it...
For you Ceramic Hobs/Pumf deep-level fanatics: this book is the basis for the album by the one-off "Blunt Instrument" on Pumf. I read it based on that. It's okay.
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Bradley Clayton Denton (born 1958) is an American science fiction author. He has also written other types of fiction, such as the black comedy of his novel Blackburn, about a sympathetic serial killer.
He was born in Towanda, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence and graduated with degrees in astronomy (B.A.) and English (M.A.). His first published work was the short story "The
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