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A moving account of a band's attempt to find success.,
This review is from: From Blue to Black (Paperback)
Joel Lane has created a brutal, desperate but brilliant story of a Birmingham band and the difficult love affair between two of the band members. Their struggle to find success on their own terms, and David's struggle to understand lead vocalist Karl, are both wonderfully described. It's a joy to read Lane's details of the indie rock world: snide music paper reviewers, moshing crowds in tiny music venues, drunken nights out, roadies, an unsympathetic manager and record company bosses. However, at the centre of the book is the uncertain, cautious love of David for Karl, with the strength of their relationship seemingly intertwined with the fate of their band, Triangle.
I loved reading this book. Every incident that happens to Triangle, and every small moment between the characters is evoked realistically: the awkardness, lust, love, confusion, desperation. The Black Country is accurately portrayed as a grey, disturbing yet oddly beautiful place that Karl is trying to escape from. This book shouldn't be taken as a comprehensive, fictional account of rock culture, but an affecting, emotionally honest story about music, love and struggling to come to terms with yourself and others.