Rock Bottom: A Novel by Michael Shilling

Rock Bottom: A Novel

byMichael Shilling

Kobo ebook | January 9, 2009

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Once, the Blood Orphans had it all: a million-dollar recording contract from Warner Brothers, killer hooks, and cheekbones that could cut glass. Four pretty boys from Los Angeles, they were supposed to be the next big thing, future kings of rock and roll.

But something happened on the way to glory, and now, two years later, along with their coke-fueled, mohawked female manager, they have washed up in <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Amsterdam for the final show of their doomed and dismal European tour. The singer has become a born-again Buddhist who preaches from the stage, the bass player's raging eczema has turned his hands into a pulpy mess, the drummer is a sex-fiend tormented by the misdeeds of his porn-king father, and the guitar player--the only talented one--is thoroughly cowed by the constant abuse of his bandmates.

As they stumble through their final day together, the Blood Orphans find themselves on a comic tour of frustration, danger, excitement, and just possibly, redemption.
Title:Rock Bottom: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 9, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316040428

ISBN - 13:9780316040426

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from No I had high hopes for Rock Bottom. I love books detailing the lives of rock bands - I love all the juicy backstage stuff and all the stories of excess and I don't care if its fiction or not. Rock Bottom is a novel about a band called Blood Orphans. Author Shilling doesn't hold back in describing the lives of a rock band on the brink of self-desctruction. I am sure he had quite a few 'real life' bands to base some of his adventures on. Most of the book is spent detailing the debauchery that the members of this band are living and some of the descriptions are actually both amazing and chocking. As the band starts to implode, the members are hoping to starve off total destruction by trying to 'reform' which does not really go anywhere. That is the problem with this novel. None of the characters are likeable and I did not feel as though any of them were committed to anything other than their own pleasures. That would have been fine if this book was about that - but unfortunately, the author does not appear to be heading in that direction - he seems to want to give his characters some redeeming factors and it does not work. Also, although I have no problem with profanity or sex descriptions, I felt as though this book was loaded with these and with very little else. The plotline is thin and the characters are not likeable. I don't really know where this book was trying to go, but it never got there.
Date published: 2008-12-31