by J Eric Smith


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A darkly humorous fictional glimpse into the very real worlds of contemporary music making and criticism.

Eponymous paints a darkly humorous, yet reality-rooted, picture of frustrated musician (but successful music critic) Hutson Colcock Collie Hay III. While documenting Collie's moderation-impaired life, Eponymous exposes the central irony of music criticism: to a person, almost every member of the critical community wants nothing more than to be a member instead of the community that he or she is criticizing. This core envy, in turn, creates an odd symbiotic relationship between the criticized and the critic, both needing the other, neither wanting to admit it, both claiming the moral high ground, both fearing they've lost it. Eponymous is crafted with a detailed understanding of the forces that drive and foibles that define the music industry on both a national and a local plane, focusing heavily on the regional element of the music-making experience, where the vast majority of contemporary musicians and writers spend their careers, far removed (literally and figuratively) from the bustling industry hubs of New York City, Los Angeles or Nashville. In so doing, Eponymous illuminates the reality that most regional musicians and critics experience in a fictional, yet informative, manner certain to appeal to readers who enjoyed Nick Hornby's High Fidelity or similar works.

This accessible, entertaining, thought-provoking novel is written as a first person memoir, an exegesis being drafted while Collie awaits the outcome of a civil suit filed by his longtime girlfriend—a musician herself who suffers life-altering injuries as a direct result of Collie's actions, leaving Collie to ponder the rock and roll dream (and its impacts) as he's never done before.

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ISBN-13: 9780595175468
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/09/2001
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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