No spaceships, no robots, just a nice kid from Louisville with a voice If you thought the only thing Ellison writes is speculative fiction, craziness about giant cockroaches that attack Detroit or invaders from space who look like pink eggplant and smell like chicken soup, this dynamite novel of the emergent days of rock and roll will turn you around at least three times. It's the way he sings them that gets everyone. Some books introduce us to characters we come to love and adore. I feel like I have to be a synesthete to understand this. One of the best novels written about Rock n' Roll. Also, with his insatiable appetite for sex and booze, he leaves a career-threatening mess wherever he goes. Shipped Weight: Under 8 ounces.
You were always an animal, but we needed something to love, we wanted to be hurt, and you were always ready to hurt us. And those he can fake, at least while he's in front of a microphone or camera. Ellison directly on the title page. He claims he's not a fan of rock-and-roll, but somehow Harlan Ellison's seminal novel based on the career of Jerry Lee Lewis ended up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. True to most of Ellison's work, the primary strength here is character.
Where differs from other stories of this nature is not only the fact that it predates the now cliche trope becoming trope. This book was written half a century ago, when Harlan Ellison, a mere 27 years old, was a potentially brilliant writer who would become even better as his fiction matured. The story focuses on the rise and fall of industry constructed musician Stag Preston. First issue cover with black and white photo on rear cover. Harlan Ellison is one of them.
Nor is the book about the central character of the book whose downfall comes at that pivotal moment. Illustrator: Leo and Diane Dillon. I did like the ending though which, as can easily be predicted, describes how some stars fall back to the dirty ground where they belong. However this Ace edition was suppressed immediately after publication due to a dispute between the author and publisher over the back cover photo meant to be colour bur printed as black and white. The book is written from almost an omniscient point of view, but not quite. This becomes especially clear at the end of the novel.
Yeah, see a Frankenstein sheep in rockabilly celebrity clothing. However, he's not disgusted enough to get off the Stag Preston gravy train yet. Ellison, maybe you shouldn't have filled your book with them. I've a handful of authors I can think of that do that for me. Oh, and it's important to note the girls are wearing tight sweaters. Although it's supposedly basic on the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, there are aspects of others as well, particularly Elvis Presley.
Shelly knows Stag is right, but he also knows that Stag is still a horrible person who doesn't deserve a second chance. It is called the baddest rock novels of all time and I'd have to agree. I think that's a pretty accurate description of certain fandoms. From one of the most highly celebrated and dynamic American writers of our time, comes Spider Kiss, Harlan Ellison's electrifying novel of the early years of rock and roll. Really enjoyed the early rock and roll references, an authentic sounding version of life in the Brill Building. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I respect the book for being able to accurately describe some of the, for want of a better word, drama that follows a star in the music industry, especially the part dedicated to more obnoxious and aggresive types of music.
Girls fell back into their seats, reduced to tears, reduced to jelly, reduced to emotional orgasms of terrifying intensity. It's mostly told through Shelly aka Sheldon , who's Stag's manager or publicist or something. I think it's Ellison's writing style. This book, originally written more than 30 years ago, was possibly one of the first serious criticisms of the fledging music industry. Harlan Ellison has always been ahead of his time. Shelly gets home one night and receives a frantic call from Jean, a stenographer.
Once he's signed with Colonel Freeport, Stag callously shuts them out of his life, as well as making sure they get no financial benefits from his success. We are pleased to send pictures on request. Spider Kiss possesses the most striking example of the third and more than a healthy dose of the second, so naturally, I found it impossible to put down. I couldn't believe this was written in 1961, the year I was born. Sheldon Morgenstern who works for Colonel Jack Freeport gets a little more than he bargained for when he discovers Luther Sellers when all he was looking for was a friendly poker game. A fine copy in fine dust jacket.
Carlene is trying to fix him a drink. I'm a big fan of Ellison's speculative fiction, and this ended up disappointing. Stag thinks the good times will never end, no matter what he does. Now and then one comes across a writer whose every word titillates and entices. Worth digging for--it ain't easy to find. Therefore, Shelly leaves Stag in the gutter where he belongs, regaining his self-respect in the process. The second occurs late in the novel, when Stag's contract has been bought out by by a group of small-time businessmen.