- Tapa blanda: 296 páginas
- Editor: Till Victory Press (26 de junio de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0983502900
- ISBN-13: 978-0983502906
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº781.534 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
B-SIDES AND BROKEN HEARTS (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 26 jun 2011
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Lisa Simon, age 37, still loves loud punk rock and hates Dave Matthews with an all-consuming passion. April 15, 2001 should have been just another Sunday night. But a news headline landing in Lisa's email inbox changes everything: "Joey Ramone is dead." The death of one of her teenage heroes serves as an long-overdue wake-up call causing Lisa to examine her life and how she's lived it, from her youth as a poet on the streets of the East Village to 10 years later, all grown up with a career and a fiance. Add to the mix Jake McDaniel, lead singer of million-selling, critically-regarded Seattle band Blue Electric, known better to Lisa as the starving renegades who lived next door to her when she first arrived in Seattle. In the midst of an unexpectedly heated argument with the fiance over the historical relevance (or not) of the Ramones - which forces Lisa to face the truth about her relationship - Jake writes and invites Lisa to LA. Throwing what seems like half her cd collection in the car, along with a wardrobe consisting of high heels, jeans and t-shirts, Lisa starts driving from Seattle to LA in the middle of the night, accompanied by music, memories, and the ghosts of the past. Arriving in LA, she finds refuge, but also collides with her past, present and future; decisions need to be made, and this time, Lisa stands her ground.
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Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer who documents rock-and-roll, baseball and urban life. She covers the ups and downs of the New York Mets at metsgrrl.com, reports on Bruce Springsteen for Backstreets Magazine and brucespringsteen.net, and ruminates about music at jukeboxgraduate.com. She lives in Greenpoint with her boyfriend and her cat, Jackie Wilson. B-Sides And Broken Hearts is her first novel.
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I received this as an eBook in exchange for an honest review.
You can't talk about this book and not talk about the music. I was of course familiar with most of the bands named in the book. However, I'm not well-versed in rock and roll so I didn't feel the musical connection to the songs Lisa played. That didn't detract from the point that music can heal, can be our best friend, can make us feel things nothing else on earth can ever make us feel. I know what's it's like to feel that way to other types of music. There will always be songs that take us back to that moment when we fell in love with the music, with the singer, with the band. There will be music that we soundtrack our lives to; the only difference between me and Lisa is that her soundtrack is a hell of lot cooler than mine!
Lisa's story is told in a stream of musical references that might lessen the pleasure for readers who are less musically-addicted. If you know what it's like to be lifted to another place by the sounds you hear, this is the book for you.
I don't know where to begin in describing how much I loved this book.
If you know what it's like to love a band, to REALLY love a band, and be swept up in the religion of rock and roll, you will cherish "B-Sides and Broken Hearts." Caryn Rose's love letter to music is one of the most joyful, heartbreaking, and honest rock books I've read--she unabashedly wears her fangirl heart on her sleeve, and shows what it really means to love music, a time, a band, and how it changes and preserves people, helping them through the roughest points in their life, and accentuating the brightest spots.
No lying here, I wanted to live the life of Lisa, the protagonist. Her best friends are a bunch of guys who start a band in Seattle in the early 90s and go on to big things, and she describes in detail her experiences seeing The Who, the Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, the Ramones, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, among others. Seeing only a couple of the bands on her rock and roll resume would be enough to color the most diehard of rock fans green with envy--it's like a fantasy wishlist come true--and in this book, you get to feel like you were there and had your mind blow right alongside Lisa. In short, I felt like this was a book written for me, something straight out of my dreams.
If you know all the words to every song in your favorite band's catalog, have ever went on a quest to find a rare record or piece of rock 'n roll memorabilia, or have literally felt a jab of pain in your soul from being robbed the chance to see your favorite band live, this book is for you.
Some outsiders might consider our musical fandoms to be crazy, or pointless, but Caryn Rose shows us we are in very good company. Rock and roll is a family, and "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" feels like the story of an enthusiastic, understanding friend.