'Music is life, and life is not a business' - Iggy Pop
A high spirited, passionate, funny and authentic novel A celebration of the music, friendship and those crazy fun times
A novel, not a personal memoir, nor a worthy 'faction' trying to say "I was there and you weren't" It isn't a culture bubble, or a nostalgic 'This was 1977' postcard, but considers the styles and attitudes that followed from punk, as well as its origins - its legacy and influences on music and youth culture
The book is influenced by the generous and humane spirit of J. B Priestly's Good Companions, and with touches of the satire and fantasy of The Master and Margarita
The punk movement largely happened in small towns and provincial places, not necessarily in London or the big metropolitan areas. Any effort to impose an official version would be bogus. This novel plays off the official version ironically, and with compassion for alternative experiences If you've been thrown on the dole, Mr pedant, you don't care to recall what the f*ck they called it So the novel celebrates these 'kids in the sticks' who created their own version of that culture, which was often as good as any other version.
The novel is very inclusive, and nation wide. It celebrates the music, the brilliant characters, the energy, the hilarity, the creativity. It is a novel based on personal experience, but not limited by personal experience. It's not facts, facts, facts, Mr Gradgrind, it's art and imagination. Just like the music.
Punk - one of those big bang moments in popular music, comparable to the original rock 'n' roll or the 'British Invasion' of the Sixties Don't miss PUNK STORY ))
There are infinite ways to be a person and to be beautiful - Jenny Slater (actor and writer)