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The Armageddon Rag

The Armageddon Rag [Kindle Edition]

George R. R. Martin
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Magic, music, drugs and rock'n'roll in an early novel from George R. R. Martin, author of A GAME OF THRONES.

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Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has traveled far from his radical roots in the '60s-until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back. As Sandy sets out to investigate the crime, he finds himself on a magical mystery tour of the pent-up passions of his generation. For a new messiah has resurrected the once legendary rock band Nazgul-but with an apocalyptic new beat that is a requiem of demonism, mind control, and death only Sandy may be able to change in time. . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575129530
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RG7RCO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
The Nazgūl were the rock band that had it all, but their career was extinguished at its peak when their singer was shot dead at a concert in '71. Now it's 10 years later and their erstwhile promoter has been ritually murdered in a manner that connects with that earlier killing. Sandy Blair, a failing novelist and ex-journalist, finds himself embarking on a quest to get to the bottom of the murder.

The journey takes him across America, interviewing the remaining members of the Nazgūl and meeting up with his old friends from the '60s. In everyone he meets he sees the disillusion and dissolution of the '60s dream, and he struggles to reconcile his life now with the idealism of his youth. Meanwhile he discovers that Edan Morse, suspected years ago of social agitation that verged on terrorism, is trying to engineer an unlikely reunion of the Nazgūl, for some dark and disturbing purpose.

The novel is a requiem for the 1960s: its hopes, its liberation, its friendships and most of all its music. I found myself wishing I was at the concerts Martin so thrillingly describes, and that I could go on amazon and order the Nazgūl's albums! But a bigger ambition than nostalgia becomes apparent, as the book edges into supernatural territory and Sandy Blair's fight to maintain his ideals becomes crucial to the future of the world.

Like everything George R R Martin writes, the novel is smoothly engineered, peopled with richly sympathetic characters, deeply felt and boldly imagined. A powerful and satisfying read.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Sandy Blair is a former rock journalist turned novelist whose latest project isn't turning out as well as it should. However, when the former manger of one the most vital rock bands of the 1960s - the Nazgūl - is murdered in a satanic ritual, Sandy finds himself drawn into an investigation that leads him back to his roots and to some unsettling home truths. Meanwhile, an engimatic promoter is determined to reform the Nazgūl for a reunion tour - difficult since their lead singer was shot dead a decade earlier - that will have a startling outcome.

Like the opening volume of A Song of Ice and Fire and Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag (1983) is only superficially a genre story. The SF&F trappings don't kick in until very late in the day (actually far later than either of the first two works; nearly three-quarters of the book go by before any SF or horror elements creep in at all), and once more the focus is squarely on the fascinating characters GRRM creates. There is more of a hint of nostalgia here though, as GRRM also grapples with the death of the ideology of the 1960s and 1970s amidst the rise of ultra-capitalism in the 1980s.

The book thrives on fascinating details: the carefully thought-out Nazgūl album covers, the songs, the setlists. Creating a fictional band and making them feel 'real' is an incredibly difficult task, arguably only successfully achieved in parody (Spinal Tap being the obvious example), but GRRM pulls it off here. Knowing that 'The Armageddon/Resurrection Rag' and 'Ragin' don't actually exist doesn't stop the reader wanting to go and download them from iTunes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Armageddon Rag 20 July 2011
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Starts out as a murder mystery before changing into something more sinister. I liked the correlation of powerful music with the supernatural - an evocative theme!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Armageddon Rag 18 Sep 2012
I first read this book in November 1984 when New English Library published it as a UK paperback original...glossy black cover, electric guitar, bolts of lightning....I was 14 and loved it. When I saw the hardcover reprint I pulled it off the shelf, dusted it off, and read it again...18 years older it was even better. That's all I really want to say - a fantastic book. I recommend to anyone who wants something different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery but not as you know it. 31 May 2012
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During the 1960's Nazgūl was a hugely popular hard rock band, the voice of a generation. But in 1971, when a bullet ended both the life of the charismatic lead-singer and the future of the band, an era came to an end.
During those years Sandy Blair was in the midst of the action. An activist while in college and an underground journalist afterwards he was present at the demonstrations and the concerts. He was there when the bullet found the singer and ended a revolution that never really started.
The world, Sandy Blair and the remaining band-members have changed in the decade since the shooting.
Blair, a published author with three novels to his name is facing a severe case of writers-bloc when the former manager of Nazgūl is murdered in his house; murdered in a way that reflects the lyrics of one of Nazgūl's songs.
When the magazine Blair worked for in the 1960's asks him to investigate the murder he can't reject the offer. Intrigued, Blair goes on the trail of a murderer. A journey that will bring him into contact with the remaining members of the once famous band, his own past and a man who wants to resurrect both Nazgūl and the revolution.
Soon after starting his investigation, Blair finds himself haunted by very vivid nightmares; dreams that become darker and more vivid as the date of Nazgūl's relaunch comes closer. Eventually Blair comes to believe that the visions in his dreams will become reality unless he takes some action.

This is very much a story of two parts. What at first appears to be a rather straightforward mystery - who killed the manager - turns into a psychedelic fantasy about halfway through the book.
The reader is lulled into a false sense of security as they commence on a road-trip with Sandy Blair.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great twists and cool writing, but singular narrative makes for...
Good old George does a fabulous story here with Sandy Blair (a reporter/writer) who starts digging up what really happened to the 60's top heavy Band Nazgul during their infamous... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kaj Christian Nyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Armageddon Rag really rocks
Loved it. Usual George R R Martin high standard.
Very diifferent to Game of Thrones. A must for rock fans.
Published 1 month ago by Jeannie
4.0 out of 5 stars If you can remember the Sixties..
Well you know the rest. I was still a child when the Sixties finished, so I remember them as a child. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Law Tech
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
If you're thinking of buying this on the strength of the amazing Game of Thrones saga, don't. You'd never believe it was written by the same author. Read more
Published 5 months ago by H
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good aspects but lack of direction and an unsatisfying resolution
As a novel this will probably have a limited appeal towards a certain audience. It will certainly never possess the mass appeal of the ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alaran
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock on!
As always with Martin's work, the writing is flawless, almost liquid. There is no re-reading of sentences for lack of understanding, or the feeling that you're reading a story for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amapola
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Book
I first came across George RR Martin via "Songs of ice and Fire" series of books which I enjoyed so much I thought I'd try his other writings. I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Philip
1.0 out of 5 stars what was the point of that?
I don't understand what I just read, I've got to the end and I think I just can't believe I won't get all those hours back. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Having worked my way through Game of Thrones i thought I would try something else. This is as good as I expected.
Published 15 months ago by lesley
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst thing he's ever written
The other reviews of this book amaze me. I have been a big fan of George RR Martin since the early '80's. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Mason
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