Sunday, May 05, 2013

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest

West of Babylon: Ted Heller : Kindle Store: All four members of the Furious Overfalls banded together in the sleepy suburbs of Long Island in the seventies. With their raunchy, blistering, bubbling stew of rock, blues, and country, they sold millions of records and played to packed arenas. But then, almost as quickly as it started, it all stopped. The records stopped selling, and the cigarette lighters went out. 

It’s now forty years later and—somehow, despite themselves—the band is still together. Just as they’re about to finally call it quits, one member of the band falls seriously ill, and they decide to take to the road one last time. With their aching bones, thinning hair, frazzled nerves and fraying tempers, can the four of them pull the tour off? Or will they again implode from within, something they’ve already done countless times? 

From the acclaimed author of Pocket Kings comes an epic, heartfelt novel about friendship, family, hard work, love, life and death, and rock and roll.

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