Saturday, November 7, 2009

Table of Contents: Rock On: An Office Power Ballad

Author: Dan Kennedy
Publisher: Books of Chapel Hill
Year: 2008
Synopsis:When New York writer Dan Kennedy is hired by a major record label, he thinks he's chanced upon a dream job in the world of full-blown gonzo rock and roll excess that has pockmarked his dreams ever since he was a suburban Southern California teen. The sobering reality: he's basically walked into a nine-to-five world that's equal parts Spinal Tap and The Office—and he's just in time for mass layoffs, artists being cut from contracts, and sales hitting an all-time low.

But in these tame and dying days of the record business, Kennedy's twisted wit offers up the absurd, funny, and oddly heart-breaking story of a stranger in a strange land. In an irresistibly weird way, it seems he has shown up at exactly the right time. (Rock On website)

What Others Have To Say:
The New York Times
"...a succession of gently mordant vignettes, with hilariously spot-on asides about media image-making, music-biz hierarchies and sensitive singer-songwriters. It’s also a coming-of-age story."

Pop Zap
"It’s snarky, fun, clever, and accessible: you don’t have to know much about labels to appreciate the overall office humor, although your reading experience will be greatly enhanced if you know a thing or two about (rock) music."

Art Voice
"Rock On takes us into the bowels of the recording industry and dredges up its ugly incompetence."

Read an excerpt from the book!

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