ROCK AND ROLL IS LIFE: A Novel


ROCK AND ROLL IS LIFE: A Novel

D. J. TAYLOR    Book Number: 87686    Product format: Paperback

"The Stones are in narcotic tax exile somewhere. Hendrix is dead, along with Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and countless lesser lights whose names have already been forgotten. Also dead, according to Rolling Stone, is the quintessential spirit of the sixties, whatever that is. Meanwhile, the 13 year olds to whom record companies sold singles in 1966 have given way to their elder brothers and sisters...The big things right now are heavy rock - Led Zeppelin are making a fortune on the tour circuit... the crowds are getting bigger and, thanks to Mr Marshall, the amplification louder, and one of the biggest things of all right now, and right here, are the Helium Kids." Back in the late 60s and early 70s the (fictitious) Helium Kids appeared on Top of the Pops 27 separate times, released five Billboard-certified platinum albums, played sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, and were nearly but not quite as big as The Beatles. Three decades later, Nick Du Pont is looking back on the rollercoaster years he spent as their publicist in a world of licensed excess and lurking tragedy. What follows is not only the story of a band at a formative time in musical history but also the life and times of a war baby, born in a Norwich council house, the son of an absconding GI, whose career is a search for some of the advantages that his birth denied him. An entertaining picaresque novel inspired by the supergroups. For literary types, beautifully written and consistently funny. 460pp in paperback by the award-winning biographer and novelist. Part novel, part mock rockumentary.
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ISBN 9781472128829
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