Title: Not Fade Away
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (1987), New York
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition.
291 pages. A paperback original road novel set at the end of the Beat era and at the birth of rock 'n' roll. Inscribed by the author to a colleague at Humboldt State University, 'For ___, May the music always get you there. Rock on, Jim.' First edition (first printing). A touch spine fade, but else near fine. Bookseller Inventory # 105301
Synopsis: This is the definitive road novel, traveling in time from the Beat Era to the birth of the Sixties. Compulsively readable, loaded with cosmic surprise, Not Fade Away shakes, rattles, and rolls like a cross between early Vonnegut and vintage Buddy Holly.
From the Back Cover: George Gastin is a Bay Area tow-truck operator who wrecks cars as part of an insurance scam. One of the cars he is hired to demolish is a snow-white Cadillac that was supposed to be a present for the Big Bopper, who died in the Iowa plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Gastin has a change of heart and takes off in the car, heading for Texas where the Bopper is buried. Armed with a thousand hits of Benzedrine and chased by adversaries real and imagined, Gastin navigates a road trip that covers many miles and states of mind. Traveling in time from the Beat era to the dawn of the sixties, from the coffeehouses of North Beach to the open plains of America, Gastin picks up some extraordinary hitchhikers-the self-proclaimed "world's greatest salesman," the Reverend Double-Gone Johnson, and a battered housewife with a box of old 45s. As the miles and sleepless hours roll by, Gastin's trip becomes a blur of fantasy and reality fueled by a soundtrack of classic rock 'n' roll.
"Reads like Kerouac's On the Road as it might have been written by Hunter S. Thompson."-The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"A wild paean to rock 'n' roll, the freedom of the open road and the powers of unfettered imagination. Dodge pushes language to its outer limits. He stretches credulity and expands the boundaries of the novel itself. His surreal voyage into the chaos of night carries him into the heart of America's darkest psychological landscapes. Not Fade Away shakes, rattles, and rolls."-San Francisco Chronicle
Jim Dodge is the author of Fup and Stone Junction.
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