Rock Bottom : A Music Writer's Journey into Madness Hardback
'One of the best music books ever written, because Michael Odell knowsmusic isn't about the musicians - it's about what it does to the listener, evenif what it does ends up being wholly disastrous.
It's sad, funny, fascinatingand wise.' Michael Hann, former Guardian music editor `Hilarious and disarmingly honest; a journey into the neurosis of rockfame, but through doors you don't expect.' Rachel Joyce, author of The UnlikelyPilgrimage of Harold Fry A tale of loving, living and surviving rock musicMichael Odell is a rock music writer who takes his responsibility ascultural gatekeeper seriously; he asks rock stars the forbidden questions todiscover 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 Oasisat an awards ceremony; he's lost joy in his bathroom full of rock'n'rollmemorabilia; and his young son is in trouble at school for emulating rock starbehaviour. Reluctantly Michael consults Mrs Henckel, a no-nonsense therapist with zeroexperience of pop culture.
As Michael addresses his feelings about the past, inparticular his failed teenage band, Mental Elf, he's forced to confront thequestion: is it finally time to grow up and forget rock'n'roll?
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/08/2017
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9781785782220