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Is ‘True Love Scars’ the Great Rock Novel? Simon Warner Considers the Pros & Cons

“True Love Scars” rises to #18 on the Amazon Bestselling Literary Satire chart.

Fantastic review by Simon Warner, author of “Text and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture.”

Michael Goldberg (Neumu Press)

Review by Simon Warner

The great rock novel? The pursuit of that ultimate piece of fiction that distils the primal energy, the ecstatic power, the neurotic craziness, of popular music has been something of a holy grail in recent decades and, in True Love Scars – a deeply ironic nod to Buddy Holly’s ‘True Love Ways’ – one-time Rolling Stone journalist Michael Goldberg is the latest contender for this Lonsdale Belt of rock‘n’roll writing.

His protagonist Michael Stein is a Californian teenager in the later 1960s, tangled to distraction in the sound and image of his hero Bob Dylan, a paradoxical blend of cocksure kid and deluded hipster, bruising his fragile ego in the choppy shallows of high school romance, then sabotaging his increasingly complicated love tangles in a haze of drug indulgence and casual disloyalty, and all to a backbeat of Highway 61 Revisited, the Stones and the Doors.

It’s the story of a disaffected geek and self-imagined king of cool who turns out to be much more naïve nerd, as his promising upward trajectory hurtles into reverse. But True Love Scars, the first part of Goldberg’s ‘Freak Scene Dream Trilogy’, is as much about style – the way he tells the tale – as it is about content. Penned in a staccato amphetamine grammar, its narrative is fractured and deranged, often unsettling but frequently compelling, an unsparing portrait of the teen condition: assured then despairing, would-be sex god then impotent has-been, from erection to dejection, an only child battling the wills of his domineering father and interfering mom in the anonymous, suburban fringes of Marin County.

Goldberg’s work recalls a number of those post-war stylists who have tried to capture the uncertainties of adolescence into adulthood, the lure of escape and the quest for forbidden fruit. It has elements of Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, a flavour of Richard Fariña and his smart college satire Been Down So Long It Seems Like Up to Me, and more than a dash of that frenetic gonzo gabble that Hunter S. Thompson utilised to frame the madness of the modern world as the American dream unravelled, around the very time that Stein is doing his incompetent best to grow up. The great rock novel? Perhaps we still await it but, for sure, this writer has made a creditworthy tilt at this literary crown, and produced a very good one.

Simon Warner is the author of Text and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture. He’s a lecturer, Popular Music Studies, School of Music, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in the new issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Review: Rolling Stone magazine digs ‘True Love Scars’ Novel – Goldberg Compared To Lester Bangs

Rolling Stone TLS review

In a review of my novel, True Love Scars, in the new Rolling Stone (Taylor Swift on the cover), reviewer Colin Fleming compares me to Lester Bangs!

Too much!

Here’s the review:

Getting Lost in the ‘Real’ Sixties

A veteran rock writer explores the crazy side of Sixties nostalgia

True Love Scars

Michael Goldberg Neumu

If Lester Bangs had ever published a novel, it might have read something like this frothing debut by longtime music journalist Michael Goldberg. (It’s part one of a series called The Freak Scene Dream Trilogy.)

The year is 1972, and the book’s chatterbox narrator, 19-year-old Michael Stein, is 
the kind of Sixties-besotted college kid who shaves his hair off because John Lennon and Yoko Ono did it. His quandary: trying to figure out how to reclaim the “authentic real” spirit of the 1960s as the decade fades into memory. Stein spends most of the book flashing back to one sex-and-drugs-steeped Sixties misadventure after another.

If you’ve ever obsessed over bootlegs or argued with your friends late into the night about which Beatles or Bob Dylan album is the best, True Love Scars will hit home.

Goldberg’s style recalls the rush of the earliest rock criticism. He was a senior writer at ROLLING STONE during the Eighties, and he founded Addicted to Noise,
 an important online music publication, in 1994. His intimacy with the classic records Stein fetishizes comes through again and again. Yet, unlike his protagonist, Goldberg doesn’t idealize the Sixties. Instead, he’s fascinated by the ways in which we crave authenticity.

Readers from any musical era will come away with a deeper appreciation of how nostalgia can shape our lives, for better and for worse. COLIN FLEMING

[There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Watch New Arctic Monkeys’ Sex, Drugs & R’n’R Video for ‘Arabella’

Latest video off the Arctic Monkeys’ AM mixes sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll with performance shots. Moody black ‘n’ white.

Check out “Arabella.”

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Watch: Mission of Burma Cover The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ & ‘Rain’

Mission of Burma covered two Beatles’ songs — “Paperback Writer” and “Rain’ — at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Feb. 7, 2014.

“Rain” gets cut off in the above clip so here’s a full version the group played the next night at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia.

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Listen: The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas Debuts Song from Documentary

Earlier today Consequence Of Sound featured the song “Human Sadness” by Simon Taufique and featuring The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, and reported that the song was from the film “See’s Lost Control”

I posted this:

“See’s Lost Control” follows a woman in New York City named Ronah, according to Consequence of Sound.

“[She] teaches men how to be intimate and make love,” Marquardt told Consequence of Sound. “Intimacy is one of the hardest things to learn in life and it is becoming increasingly challenging in our modern, technologically-driven society. Ultimately, ‘She’s Lost Control’ is a story about compassion and reaching out to other human beings.”

The film will have its North American debut at South by Southwest in March.

Now it turns out that “Human Sadness” is actually from a documentary that Casablancas and Taufique worked on in 2013, and is not in “She’s Lost Control.”.

On Facebook Taufique wrote me: “Actually, the song referenced in the article is one that Julian and I worked on together for a documentary last year, not SLC.”

Taufique tells me the documentary is called “Unseen Beauty,” and “it’s a doc about Julian’s stepfather, the painter, Sam Adoquei.”

Check out the song:

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Burial Steps Out of the Shadows, Posts Photo

The until now mysterious artist known as Burial has posted what appears to be a photo of himself at the website of Hyperdub, the label that has released all his music, along with a message:

Hi this is will, I just want to say thank you to anyone out there who liked my burial tunes & supported me over the years. its really appreciated. Massive thank you anyone who got my records & all producers, DJs, radio stations, labels, shops, writers & journalists.. anyone who played my tunes, gave them a listen, or helped me out with it, made me want to keep going with it. Also shout out anyone who sent me tunes, messages, anyone I met along the way & a big shout out to anyone who supports or does independent & underground music.
I want to do some new tunes this year to send to my boss Steve and the label because they’ve been going 10 years now and have stuck by me. Hopefully by the end of most years I have done some tunes that are decent enough to release. but Dark Souls 2 is on the horizon soon so I’m not sure if I will have many new tunes for a while because I need to play that game a lot. But I’m going to try to get some new tunes together before it comes out.
Also I want to go and find some old tunes I did that still sound alright and never came out.. It would be nice to finally put some of them out on vinyl one day.
Also I want to tell my Mum my Dad my brothers and my sister that I love them to bits. Big shout out to the UK & everywhere else. Cheers & respect to everyone and anyone…be safe & take care


Burial’s recent music:

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Listen: Bob Dylan Records ‘VD Blues’ Medley 52 Years Ago

Bonnie Beecher, one of Bob’s girlfriends, playing a folksinger in an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”

Fifty-two years ago, on December 22, 1961, Bob Dylan recorded 26 songs during two and a two-and-a-half hour session at his girlfriend Bonnie Beecher’s apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Included were four Woody Guthrie songs dealing with venereal disease.

Woody Guthrie wrote the VD songs in 1949 for the U.S. Public Health Service. Guthrie’s versions were released this year on the 6-CD set, Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot. The set includes a 78 disc with Dylan’s recording of “VD City.”

When Bob recorded his debut album in November of 1961, he didn’t record any of the VD songs, although all but one song on that album were covers. Perhaps the topic wasn’t appropriate, or maybe Bob had just moved on.

“VD Blues”:

VD Blues by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“VD Waltz”:

VD Waltz by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“VD City”:

VD City by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“VD Gunner’s Blues”:

VD Gunner's Blues by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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Listen: Beck-Produced Charlotte Gainsbourg Take on ‘Hey Joe’

New Charlotte Gainsbourg track, the Beck-produced cover of “Hey Joe,” is used in the closing credits for Lars von Trier’s controversial new film, “Nymphomaniac.” She stars in the film as a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac named Joe.

The track will be released as a digital single on December 16.

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Watch: Body/Head with Kim Gordon, “Frontal” & “Last Mistress”

The softcore porn photographer Richard Kern shot these videos.


“Last Mistress”

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Sex Ed Dept.: Today Flavorwire Offers Up “25 Great Works of Erotic Literature”

Flavorwire loves to make lists. Today we get their pick of “25 Great Works of Erotic Literature to Keep You Warm on Cold Winter Nights,” I guess because winter is here. Or maybe they just needed an excuse.

Check out the list below, but for plot summaries (what plot?) and excerpts, head to Flavorwire.

Here’s their excerpt from “Delta of Venus”:

“I would tell him how he almost made us lose interest in passion by his obsession with the gestures empty of their emotions, and how we reviled him, because he almost caused us to take vows of chastity, because what he wanted us to exclude was our own aphrodisiac — poetry.”

The list:

1 Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
2 Fanny Hill by John Cleland
3 The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
4 Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
5 Story of the Eye, by Georges Bataille
6 The Story of O, by “Pauline Réage”
7 “Beatrice Palmato” by Edith Wharton
8 Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
9 The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet
10 Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
11 Heptameron by Marguerite de Navarre
12 Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger
13 Belle de Jour by Joseph Kessel
14 Venus in Furs by Leopold van Sacher-Masoch
15 The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
16 The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
17 The Lover by Marguerite Duras
18 Nine and a Half Weeks by Ingeborg Day
19 The Black Book by Lawrence Durrell
20 Ulysses by James Joyce
21 The School of Venus by Anonymous
22 Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue by the Marquis de Sade
23 The Autobiography of a Flea by “Anonymous”
24 My Secret Life by “Walter”
25 Memoirs of a Young Rakehell by Gullaume Apollinaire