The God of Rock and Roll.

The best snippet from Nick Hornby’s newest offering, A Long Way Down – a very fine read – is thus:

The protagonists of the story, four Londoners who had recently met while trying to fling themselves off the top of a tenement block on New Year’s Eve, are soaking in some emotion-inducing music to expose themselves to something life-changing. Nick Drake was the artist of choice. JJ, an American, is angered by the others’ negative reaction to the incredibly mood-provoking sounds, and torture in Drake’s voice – himself, a victim to suicide at a young age.

“I don’t mind it,” said Martin. “I wouldn’t walk out if it was playing in a wine bar.”
“I would,” said Jess.
I wondered whether it would be possible to punch both of them out simultaneously, but rejected the idea on the grounds that it would all be over too quickly, and there wouldn’t be enough pain involved. I’d want to keep on pummeling them after they were down, which would mean doing them one at a time. It’s music rage, which is like road rage, only more righteous. When you get road rage, a tiny part of you knows you’re being a jerk, but when you get music rage, you’re carrying out the will of God, and God wants these people dead.

7 Responses to “The God of Rock and Roll.”

  1. bobofthedamned Says:
    July 17th, 2005 at 4:57 pm

    just finished that book about three hours ago. mum got the paperback edition in heathrow. bloody good book.

  2. zotz Says:
    July 17th, 2005 at 6:32 pm

    I should .sig part of that.
    Done. Cheers.

  3. mxhaunted Says:
    July 18th, 2005 at 2:59 am

    Not a bad book, not his best, but not bad.

  4. Anonymous Says:
    July 18th, 2005 at 11:13 am

    Music Rage is the will of God!
    AMEN to that!

  5. no_mans_land Says:
    July 18th, 2005 at 6:30 pm

    <small>i'm a big hornby fan. i'll def check it out.</small>

  6. dichroicynosure Says:
    July 22nd, 2005 at 7:51 am

    Found a shop with Charles de Lint books here and wanted to ask which book I should start with. I am reading 'Jitterbug Perfume' by Tom Robbins and know you would adore this sensuous and bawdy tale…

  7. FunkyPlaid Says:
    July 23rd, 2005 at 12:11 am

    I'm so pleased that you're keen to give Charles a go. He's right up your alley, I think.
    In his own words, the basic timeline of his Newford tales follow this sequence:
    The Dreaming Place
    A Whisper To A Scream (originally credited to "Samuel M. Key")
    I'll Be Watching You (originally credited to "Samuel M. Key")
    Memory And Dream
    The Ivory And The Horn
    Trader
    Someplace To Be Flying
    Moonlight And Vines
    Forests Of The Heart
    The Onion Girl
    Seven Wild Sisters (also available in Tapping the Dream Tree)
    Tapping the Dream Tree
    Spirits in the Wires
    Medicine Road
    The Blue Girl

    There's lots more to discover at his personal site. Happy spelunking – and do let me know what you think!

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