Power Ballads

Power Ballads

eBook - 2011
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℗¡Real musicians don & rsquo; 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 w.
Publisher: Iowa City, Ia : University of Iowa Press, ©2011.
ISBN: 9781609380434
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (160 pages).

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CPL_Laura Dec 07, 2013

A wonderfully engaging and insightful collection of stories about musicians. The author's descriptive powers are first-rate, his subject matter fascinating, and he knows how to tell a story and has something new and fresh to say. My favorite story is about two friends and roommates, former choir-mates in high school from different backgrounds, growing apart as one pursues a singing career and one aspires to be a lawyer and to move to Lincoln Park. (An added bonus for Chicagoland readers: many of the stories are set in the city.)Although I read a library copy of the book, I just bought a copy for myself and a family member, as it's a book I want to re-read and to share. The only reason it gets 4.5 stars instead of 5 is that I feel the last two stories don't measure up to the very high bar set by the previous stories.

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