Few people realise they're suffering from this affliction. Russell Groom knows, and he wants to change things fast. But Russell doesn't fit the traditional rock-star mould, and his woefully unexceptional band are headed nowhere, inhabiting a world of cramped and sweaty rehearsal rooms, crap day jobs, empty gigs and interminable trips down the A to dodgy festival slots in Wiltshire.
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Few people realize they're suffering from this affliction. But Russell Groom knows, and he wants to change things fast. Efficient and diligent, Russell doesn't fit the traditional rock—star mold, and his deeply unsigned and woefully unexceptional band are headed nowhere. To make matters worse, Russell is "alcohol intolerant"—he prefers a good strong double espresso—says no to drugs, and is starting to have murderous thoughts towards Jake, his clanging, vacuous, and perpetually at—odds—with—reality front man.
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Mar 19, Simon rated it really liked it. Thankfully it is not a zombie or ghost or vampire story. Instead it is a good look at what it's like being in a unsigned band whose only ambition is to Death Of an Unsigned Band by Tim Thornton www. Instead it is a good look at what it's like being in a unsigned band whose only ambition is to be signed to a major label.
It's set mainly in London in the period from about to which is of course in the internet era but before social networking took over much of the music business and being signed to a major label became almost irrelevant. From the start you are in no doubt that the band who are never really named that we follow are pretty good live but missing something and are searching for what it is.
The inter band fights over what is the missing ingredient are funny and real and often a little sad, they play the sort of venues most of us gig hounds are more than familiar with. Yes if you've been in a band or worked with any the fights will be familiar as will the odd question about who you would replace in order to get a deal, you know would you change the singer? The book is very easy to read and a lot of fun and if you love live music and even if you never wanted to be in the new JJ72 as this lot do, you will enjoy this book.
Death of an Unsigned Band by Tim Thornton
Sep 24, Brian rated it really liked it. I personally thought the prose wasn't the best, especially when the author's describing the music being played - it brings to mind the well-known quote that writing about music is like dancing about architecture: Otherwise, the rest of the storytelling was pretty enjoyable, especially the dialogue: The events of the book mainly concern the band in question and their seemingly futile quest to I personally thought the prose wasn't the best, especially when the author's describing the music being played - it brings to mind the well-known quote that writing about music is like dancing about architecture: The events of the book mainly concern the band in question and their seemingly futile quest to get signed to a label, major or indie - bearing in mind that the story take place in the early s, the band's desperation to get signed is pretty understandable, and the author's characterization of the different band-members is a real highlight.
I don't know what exactly it says about me, but I found myself relating a bit too much to Russel Groom, the anal-retentive, obsessive-compulsive, teetotaler of a bandleader that despite good intentions and obvious musical talent, almost always seems to end up bumming everyone off with his stoic ways. Most of the drama in the story involves the band's collective decision on whether or not to kick out the band's singer Jake, whose wild, overly-charismatic demeanor stands in stark contrast with Russel's vision of what he feels the band should be about.
Anyone who's ever been in a band or has ever found themselves having to play and perform with other people for a prolonged period of time will probably find this a very entertaining read. Opening the iTunes Store. If Apple Books doesn't open, click the Books app in your Dock. Do you already have iTunes?
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Death of an Unsigned Band Tim Thornton. View More by This Author. Description Being an unsigned band isn't a situation - it's a mental illness. Russell Groom, a mildly successful British songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, reunites with old band mates Jake, Karen, and Ash. Unbeknownst to the band, Russell agrees to the demands of Josh, the ne er-do-well son of a record producer, who promises to turn Russell s trajectory from B-road to Shitsworth in the London Borough of Nowhere to a first-class ticket to Fame Central, with just one hitch: