From Blue to Black (Five Star Paperback) Paperback – 23 Jan 2003
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?Lane?s poetical powers of description reveal themselves? a jet-black, strangely plausible imaginary chapter in rock mythology? The Times ?Powerful first novel? the sort of rock ?n? roll novel that contains all the elements you might expect ? sex, alcohol, desperation and suicidal despair ? without ever resorting to clich? or stereotype? Gay Times ?A dark, precise, insinuating novel that rewrites pop history into something like a perfect wish come disconcertingly true. Joel Lane
s prose manages the impressive trick of being both reportorial and objective, and as feverishly romantic as a piece of fan mail? Dennis Cooper 'Joel Lane's debut is that rare thing: a novel about the darker edges of the rock business that carries the stamp of absolute authenticity (New Statesman)
Lane's poetical powers of description reveal themselves... a jet-black, strangely plausible imaginary chapter in rock mythology (The Times)
About the Author
Born in Exeter in 1963 but brought up in Birmingham, Joel Lane is a graduate of Cambridge University. He won an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry in 1993, and a collection of his short stories, The Earth Wire, was published in 1994. With Steve Bishop, he has edited Birmingham Noir a collection of crime stories set in the Midlands.See all Product description
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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.
But this also a love story, a socio political statement and love letter to a decaying but ugly/beautiful city. The band Triangle who are the centre of the story are so accurately drawn that you almost think they were a real band. The relation between Karl and David is painfully authentic and the Lane's writing is poetic, engaging, dark and has almost dream like warmth.
This book is wonderful - you should read it.
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