'One of the best music books ever written, because Michael Odell knows
music isn't about the musicians - it's about what it does to the listener, even
if what it does ends up being wholly disastrous. It's sad, funny, fascinating
and wise.' Michael Hann, former Guardian music editor
`Hilarious and disarmingly honest; a journey into the neurosis of rock
fame, but through doors you don't expect.' Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely
Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
A tale of loving, living and surviving rock music
Michael Odell is a rock music writer who takes his responsibility as
cultural gatekeeper seriously; he asks rock stars the forbidden questions to
discover whether they're worthy of readers' admiration.
But after interviewing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - two of the `Big Six'
icons - Michael is depressed. He has a public meltdown while chaperoning Oasis
at an awards ceremony; he's lost joy in his bathroom full of rock'n'roll
memorabilia; and his young son is in trouble at school for emulating rock star
Reluctantly Michael consults Mrs Henckel, a no-nonsense therapist with zero
experience of pop culture. As Michael addresses his feelings about the past, in
particular his failed teenage band, Mental Elf, he's forced to confront the
question: is it finally time to grow up and forget rock'n'roll?