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Never Mind the Pollacks: A Rock 'n' Roll Novel

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These names defined the mayhem, excess and glory of American rock for half a century, but only Neal Pollack was there for every note of every show, except for the shows he missed. Only Neal Pollack saw Memphis with Elvis, the Village with Dylan, and the depressed Pacific Northwest with Kurt Cobain. Only Neal Pollack had the extra-potent cough syrup that they all so desperately craved.

From the twisted mind of Americas most-photographed satirist comes a raw protean yawp from the depths of nowhere, a hilarious trip through time that savagely parodies the history of rock-‘n-roll and its grandiloquent journalism.

The fictional Neal Pollack, born Norbert Pollackovitz before being renamed, by Elvis, at his Bar Mitzvah, first hears the blues as a child. The notes come from the guitar of Clambone Jefferson, an ancient, mythical character who Pollack spends the rest of his life chasing as the source of musics primal allure. In that pursuit, Pollack becomes a renegade rock journalist whose screeds appear in such high-profile publications as Hillbilly Hot Rag! and Broken Testicle. He seduces Patti Smith and Joan Baez. He discovers Kurt Cobain. He goes on pharmacopoeial binges that put the most reckless, bloated rock star to shame.

Through it all, the real Neal Pollack, the greatest American novelist of his generation, manages to echo the style of overeducated blowhards while tackling the history of blues, rock, punk, post-punk and post-post-punk with equal enthusiasm and disdain.

Never Mind the Pollacks is a rock novel that really rocks. Like a classic album, it opens with a kick in the guts, proceeds to a bite in the shins, and ends with an uppercut to the jaw, leaving you bloodied, awed, and grateful. Along the way, it manages to uncover Americas sellouts and false idols. So drink some cough syrup and put on Iggy and the Stooges Raw Power. Better yet, burn your copy of Raw Power and listen to something new. Because rock, like literature, must destroy itself. Thankfully, Neal Pollack is here to kill them both.

Review:

"The whole ugly, hilarious tale is relayed here by...a monstrously pretentious journalist who allows Pollack (the author) to make fun of those who take the music industry seriously." Chris Barsanti, Book Magazine

Review:

"Pollack's novel has a swinging appeal. Not everyone will want to tune in for the author's manic tongue-in-cheek self-canonization...but Spinal Tap fans and groupies everywhere will be delighted." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[W]hen it comes to approximating the rhythms of literary self-absorption and lacing his prose with deadpan absurdity, Pollack is a virtuoso....Pollack...has delivered an album's worth of funny but somewhat lifeless satire." G. Beato, The Washington Post

Review:

"The pill-popping and name-dropping grow a bit wearisome by the end of this long, strange trip....But St. Pierre's vapidities are hilarious...and Pollack's clever antics carry the day." Library Journal

Review:

"Loud, wild, messy, and fun — just like the best rock 'n' roll." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From acclaimed humorist Neal Pollack, an epic history of rock-and-roll told through the eyes of two rival rock critics, with more than two-dozen original songs written by the author.

Synopsis:

From the twisted mind of the satirist who brought readers The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature comes a scathing, satirical look at the history of rock stars and the journalists who made them gods.

About the Author

Neal Pollack is the author of the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature. He writes for numerous underground publications such as Vanity Fair and The New York Times. His rock credentials are validated by his residence in Austin, TX.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060527907
Subtitle:
A Rock and Roll Novel
Author:
Pollack, Neal
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
GTR-563
Publication Date:
September 30, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.54x5.80x.94 in. .94 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060527907 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The whole ugly, hilarious tale is relayed here by...a monstrously pretentious journalist who allows Pollack (the author) to make fun of those who take the music industry seriously."
"Review" by , "Pollack's novel has a swinging appeal. Not everyone will want to tune in for the author's manic tongue-in-cheek self-canonization...but Spinal Tap fans and groupies everywhere will be delighted."
"Review" by , "[W]hen it comes to approximating the rhythms of literary self-absorption and lacing his prose with deadpan absurdity, Pollack is a virtuoso....Pollack...has delivered an album's worth of funny but somewhat lifeless satire."
"Review" by , "The pill-popping and name-dropping grow a bit wearisome by the end of this long, strange trip....But St. Pierre's vapidities are hilarious...and Pollack's clever antics carry the day."
"Review" by , "Loud, wild, messy, and fun — just like the best rock 'n' roll."
"Synopsis" by , From acclaimed humorist Neal Pollack, an epic history of rock-and-roll told through the eyes of two rival rock critics, with more than two-dozen original songs written by the author.
"Synopsis" by , From the twisted mind of the satirist who brought readers The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature comes a scathing, satirical look at the history of rock stars and the journalists who made them gods.
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