August 21, 2008

Never Mind the Pollacks: A Rock and Roll Novel (2004)

More rock fiction! I think as a general rule satires are hit and miss. Neal Pollack does a decent job at skewering rock critics and rock mythology, but sometimes it reminds me a little too much of Forrest Gump, as the main character (a fictional Neal Pollack) influences the careers of Elvis, Dylan, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Kurt Cobain. At its worst it reminds me of one of those Not Another (Teen/Scary/Date/Superhero) Movies where all the clich├ęs, jokes and riffs are smashed up together in more or less a jumbled mess. But just as with Forrest Gump, sometimes it's fun to imagine the little behind-the-scenes moments surrounding historical (and musical) events.

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