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Bright Midnight by John Hayes
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Bright Midnight is the story of rock star Jim Harrison, front man for the edgy, lyrical Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, The Changelings. Jim narrates the groups' phenomenal rise to success during the Sixties. Although he becomes famous, Jim is torn by his ambition to become a poet rather than a rock vocalist idolized as a sex star. As his girlfriend becomes addicted to hard drugs, he develops other intimacies and wrestles with his own tendencies towards self-destruction through drinking. The sturm und drang of stardom, maintaining a love life, and ambitions to be a fine artist drive him to new heights of creativity, paranoia and frustration, pushing him ever closer to making a choice between life and death. During the late Sixties, a kind of psychedelic renaissance took place in the streets and clubs of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jim is very much at the center of this underground revolution fired by sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, yet played out as a 'feast of friends'. Inner demons haunt him. Will he become just another member of the '21 Club' like Janice Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, and Brian Jones did? Can his will to be a recognized poet stand up to his obsessive self-destructive alcoholic tendencies? Or, will the courts of American law and the guardians of decency lock him away in jail, making an example of him in order to promote clean living and a stable society for America's impressionable youth? This narrative will be especially attractive to those who grew up in the 1960's listening to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Pink Floyd, and Bob Dylan-all groups which defined a whole generations' values and life expectations. This book is just as likely to be of interest to the younger generation who wonder what the hard edged life of a rock star is truly like. Bright Midnight depicts a world where the imaginary is just as important as the real. It depicts characters who seek a free
Release date Australia
December 4th, 2015
Country of Publication
United States
black & white illustrations
Outskirts Press
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