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DJ Taylor’s 'Rock and Roll is Life' is an entertaining and picaresque novel.
Inspired by the excess and trajectories of the great 1960s and 1970s supergroups, at its heart the book chronicles one man's adventure through one of the most eventful musical eras.
You may remember the Helium Kids. Back in their late '60s and early '70s heyday they appeared on Top of the Tops on 27 separate occasions, released five Billboard-certified platinum albums, played sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and were nearly, but not quite, as big as the Beatles and the Stones. Three decades later, in the big house on the outskirts of Norwich, Nick Du Pont is looking back on the rollercoaster years he spent as their publicist in a world of licensed excess and lurking tragedy.
What follows is not only the story of a Rock band at a formative time in musical history, when America was opening up to English music and huge amounts of money and self-gratification were there for the taking. For the tale is also Nick's - the life and times of a war-baby born in a Norwich council house, the son of an absconding GI, whose career is a search for some of the advantages that his birth denied him. At once a worm's eye of British pop music's golden age and a bittersweet personal journey, with cameo appearances from everyone from Elvis and Her Majesty the Queen Mother to Andy Warhol.
'Rock and Roll is Life' displays Taylor's inimitable wit and flair as a storyteller set against a vibrant new backdrop.
Hardback first edition. All copies will be signed by DJ Taylor.