From Blue to Black

From Blue to Black

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In the early 1990s, in England's Black Country, a band called Triangle are a cult item on the post-punk music scene. Karl is the brilliant but troubled vocalist, haunted by past violence and present danger, torn between chasing fame and desiring oblivion, between men and women, music and silence. David is the bass player with a record collection, struggling to make sense of Karl's unhinged reality. As the band make waves through London, Dublin and Amsterdam, with the obligatory drink, sex and confusion, Karl starts to come apart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 132 x 197 x 16mm | 170g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852427604
  • 9781852427603
  • 1,723,658

About Joel Lane

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.
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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 *
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