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The Best in Rock Fiction

Sawyers, June Skinner; Decurtis, Anthony

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ISBN 10: 0634080288 / ISBN 13: 9780634080289
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Title: The Best in Rock Fiction

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp

Binding: Soft cover

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(Book). Rock has dominated radio, TV, movies, and even the Internet in our media-savvy lives, but its impact on the literary world has often been overlooked. This collection features today's finest writers, including Sherman Alexie, Madison Smartt Bell, T.C. Boyle, Don DeLillo, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Rick Moody, Tom Perrotta, Salman Rushdie, and Scott Spencer, as well as such up-and-coming writers as Tom Piazza and even musicians such as Steve Earle who have turned their talent for lyric writing to spinning a well-told yarn. In these short stories and excerpts from novels, the reader will recognize such familiar rock icons as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues" follows the rowdy adventures of an all Native American rock band from the reservation to New York City. In "Ground Beneath Her Feet," Salman Rushdie offers a riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth in a rock-and-roll setting. Scott Spencer's "Rich Man's Table" focuses on the illegitimate offspring of a Dylan-like singer and a former Greenwich Village hippie. At times raucous, at times poignant, the stories in this collection celebrate in their own way the timeless spirit that is the heart of rock and roll.

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Rock and roll has proven itself to be a paradigm-making art form, an irresistible vehicle for romance and angst, fantasy and rebellion, idealism and irony. Rock's yin-yang capacity for celebrating good times and self-destructiveness, egomania and love for the universe, sexuality and sentimentality knows no bounds, and rock has profoundly influenced everything in its orbit, from advertisements to movies to literature. Editor Sawyers, whose many books include Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader [BKL F 15 04], showcases the work of fiction writers with a "rock and roll sensibility" in this energetic and high-caliber anthology. Introduced by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone contributor and executive editor of tracks, it includes a few short stories, notably T. C. Boyle's chilling "All Shook Up" and Tom Piazza's unnerving "Burn Me Up," and more than a dozen potent excerpts from outstanding novels. Sherman Alexie kicks things off with a riff from Reservation Blues (1995), and Madison Smartt Bell, Don DeLillo, Jeffrey Eugenides, William Gibson, Nick Hornby, Rick Moody, and Scott Spencer take it from there. Donna Seaman
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