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AGING ROCK GUITARIST BADGE drank and screwed his way out of his best chance at life. For eight years he's managed to stay off the booze and, not coincidentally, out of the music business. But in 2000, flat broke and fearing passionless days ahead, he accepts work in Los Angeles with a new artist, young punk diva Betty. The gig promises great pay, professional studios and B ...more
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Published February 4th 2014 by Thirteenth Note (first published January 26th 2014)
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Mark Russell
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Badge is about the seedy road to rock and roll success, the addictions it fosters, and the relationships it ruins, as written by someone who has lived in that world.

The former bass player of The Refreshments, Edwards has experienced first hand the chaotic bus tours, industry swindles, intraband jealousies, and self-sabotage that is endemic to bands on the verge of greatness, and he paints these scenes with authority. There are a lot of aging rockstars out there who've written kiss-and-tell books
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Dan Berne
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the strongest of Art Edwards' "Rock Novels." Badge follows the attempted resurrection of a divorced guitarist whose demons come back to haunt him. One is rooting for Badge throughout the novel, though his self-destructive behavior seems a natural degeneration. While Edwards is more than adept at bringing us into the realm of rock music (it's a joy to read how Badge gets lost in the music), Badge is a soulful examination of a man who steps in the way of his own happiness. Badge is torn be ...more
Stephan
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Art Edwards'Badge delves into the ambivalence of success along with an artist's ongoing fight for creative purity and struggles against the ubiquity of self destruction. Badge is a top flight hired gun with standards that are difficult to maintain within a touring musician's life. Edwards knows the road, the towns, and the music, and he writes with honesty and grit - Badge is his best book yet, and a great, well-paced read on sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
James
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't often read novels about rock stars, musicians, or the would-be type of either. While I do have a love of rock biographies and memoirs, the fiction side of the experience eluded me until I read Badge. And a great way to explore the music world, it is.

I should say that I know the author and consider him a friend, but if I thought the book wasn't very good, I just wouldn't have reviewed it here. The thing is - and I'm always relieved when this happens while picking up something a friend aut
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Rebecca
Dec 02, 2013 marked it as to-read
I read an early version of Badge, and soon--very soon--I will read my final, bound copy and give it a proper review. In the meantime, here are a few words about this book: Badge is not a sequel to Ghost Notes, but some of the characters overlap. (Betty fans, rejoice!) To really prepare yourself for the complete Badge reading experience, I'd recommend starting with Art Edwards's early work. (Read my review of Ghost Notes if you want to hear my thoughts on that. The author and I even have a long d ...more
Rob Mcnelly
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rob by: Art Edwards
I can no longer remember how Art Edwards’ ‘Stuck Outside of Phoenix’ came to my attention. I am sure it is because I was a fan of the band ‘The Refreshments’. Edwards was their bass player, and somehow I received word through the grapevine that his debut novel was forthcoming. I truly enjoyed this book for selfish reasons. I was able to recognize so much of the landscape, the people, and the places. I had grown up in this same time and place. I find that listening to any of the familiar music fr ...more
Justin Boreanaz
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Badge is a well-written story about a seasoned guitar player making his comeback into the world of rock stars and the music business. Continuing part of the storyline of Ghost Notes, Badge emerges from civilian life and re-enters a hedonistic world he remembers and understands well. But his experience only keeps him out of trouble for a short time.

Knowing that this story was written by Art Edwards, the bass player from The Refreshments, gives this book and his previous books more credibility tha
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J Eastman
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lately, I’ve been a non-fiction type of guy. Mostly reading biographies…and I’m not ashamed to admit they’re mostly rock biographies. I like reading of others adventures and experiences on the so called “road to success”. I’m interested in them because while I don’t consider myself a “true” musician, I dabble. Oh, sure, once upon a time I harbored reasonably realistic dreams of regional stardom; however, nowadays I mostly just play the occasional weekend gig with friends.

One of the reasons Mr.
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Jason
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Art Edwards’ third and latest novel, “Badge”, Edwards is again creating a story built around music and musicians, bringing the reader into a vivid world of bands, clubs, songs, business and all the joys and miseries that come into play with talent, timing and ego and addiction.
Badge is a rock & roll guitarist that has once tasted industry success and had that moment dashed due to multiple addictions and impulsively questionable decisions. Years removed from that era, the protagonist has a
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Chris LaFata
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Badge is the third novel in a projected 10-part series. Having read all three books so far, I must say this is the best. I was fortunate to get an advanced reader copy and could not put it down. I finished it in the first two days it was in my hands.

Badge is a middle-aged rock guitarist who is more “almost was” than “has been.” Substance abuse and loose morals prevented him from achieving his dream, and he’s spent the past decade playing in cover bands and trying to stay sober before getting the
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Alisa
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was kind of sad. But the author pulled me in to a topic that I never read about. That says something. I kind of got sick of reading about gig after gig but I enjoy the drama that played out between the characters. Thank you GoodReads First Reads!
Sean Beaudoin
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Edwards oeuvre continues to grow, and it also just keeps getting better. Badge is the best of of his three novels, which is unsurprising, given that his chops as a bass player no doubt got more honed the longer he played. This is more than a rock novel, it's a meditation on failure, on an unwillingness to change, on what makes us unable to see outside ourselves. Which is a nice inversion on the many fine passages about seeing into the music. Edwards knows his back stage backwards and his dis ...more
Ben
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Natural and lived-in.

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Badge, the third installment in Art Edwards’s ten-rock-novel series, was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's Literary Contest for 2011.

His second, Ghost Notes, released on Defunct Press in 2008, won the 2009 PODBRAM Award for best work of contemporary fiction.

His first, Stuck Outside of Phoenix, was made into a feature film.

His shorter work has appeared in The Writer and S
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