Power Ballads (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

By: Boast, Will

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Real musicians don't sign autographs, date models, or fly in private jets. They spend their lives in practice rooms and basement clubs or toiling in the obscurity of coffee-shop gigs, casino jobs, and the European festival circuit. The ten linked stories in "Power Ballads" are devoted to this unheard virtuoso: the working musician. From the wings of sold-out arenas to hip-hop studios to polka bars, these stories are born out of a nocturnal world where music is often simply work, but also where it can, in rare moments, become a source of grace and transcendence, speaking about the things we never seem to say to each other. A skilled but snobby jazz drummer joins a costumed heavy metal band to pay his rent. A country singer tries to turn her brutal past into a successful career. A vengeful rock critic reenters the life of an emerging singer-songwriter, bent on wreaking havoc. The characters in "Power Ballads"--aging head-bangers, jobbers, techno DJs, groupies, and the occasional rock star (and those who have to live with them)--need music to survive, yet find themselves lost when the last note is played, the lights go up, and it's time to return to regular life. By turns melancholy and hilarious, "Power Ballads "is not only a deeply felt look at the lives of musicians but also an exploration of the secret music that plays inside us all.

Title: Power Ballads (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Author Name: Boast, Will

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University Of Iowa Press:

ISBN Number: 1609380428

ISBN Number 13: 9781609380427

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z1609380428Z2

Description: 1609380428 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge - NICE