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Next Big Thing

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  5 reviews
'80s Boston rock novel by scene veteran Terry Kitchen! After years in the sub-basement of Boston's teeming underground music scene, Lennon-spectacled wordsmith Mark Zodiac is used to enduring abuse, neglect and indifference for his music. And that's just from his own band. But when he's thrust into the spotlight on the night of Shadowland's record release concert, the crow ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 16th 2013)
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Shelby Allen
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What does a dream cost you?

Roaring out of the Midwest, Mark Zodiak and his fellow rockers in the band Shadowland are bound to make it. Look at them: "Casual genius. Intense but fun. NOT from Ohio." Listen: the book lets you download its rueful, witty songs about love and loss. And you can follow Mark as he writes the songs. Does life help music or get in the way? Do you need John Lennon's (or the Buddha's) adventures to get to their level?

It's 1980s Boston. Mark has kept the band focused, scramb
Peggy Rothschild
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Next Big Thing

The question – will the band Shadowland achieve success and become the next big thing – hovers throughout the novel, raising issues about success and its price. The story’s protagonist is both humorous and tragic – complete with the requisite blind spot that prevents him from seeing how his actions threaten to destroy the thing he most wants – as he charges forward in pursuit of his dream. While the author gives snapshots of the songwriting process, I wish he had given the same
Jim Infantino
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terry Kitchen starts his novel off with the pedal to the floor and he keeps it there. Through his narrative, we follow the hopes and dreams, trials and tribulations, screw ups and victories, of a rock band escaping their "mundane" Ohio life in order to put everything on the line for a shot at the big time.
I was captivated by the first two chapters and the author kept me engaged throughout. The hero is an ambitious singer songwriter who has convinced his friends to leave their small town dreams b
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Narrator: Terry Kitchen. Great job! Goodreads doesn't list the audio version.

I'm going to take a guess that Next Big Thing is give or take 90% memoir/10% fiction. Fiction or memoir, it's one of the best band-trying-to-make-it-big books I've ever read. Next Big Thing is also required reading for anyone who was around the Boston local music scene in the 1980s.

The characters in the book are well-rounded; not one of them is flat or stereotypical. Their relationships are complicated and changing. The
Alison O'Leary
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Get this book if you've ever played in a band and wondered if you'd be a professional musician. This story shows that the path to even moderate success is much tougher than you'd think, particularly when there are other 20-somethings involved. The writing is good, witty, and sometimes makes you laugh out loud. It's a plus if you know Boston and remember the 1980s, because some of the successful bands and clubs of the era are mentioned, but the characters transcend the specific locale. And, you c ...more
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