e-Book I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay epub downloadAuthor: Toby Litt
Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (March 1, 2009)
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e-Book I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay epub download
by Toby Litt
Toby Litt makes some clever choices with I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay (which would make a pretty good . He is more keen to tell us about the teenage groupie who accidentally gets left behind in a London hotel while the band is rushed around Europe on a promotional tour.
Toby Litt makes some clever choices with I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay (which would make a pretty good band name, right now). He rarely pins his Canadian "mid-level indie rock band" down to specifics (few dates, fewer lyrics) and he avoids any narrative arc by making his book a novel in short stories narrated by the drummer, Clap, from the far side of fame. When they get back, 10 days later, she's still there, "beyond-ghost: inch-thin arms and panda eyes", having survived on tap water and chocolate.
Start by marking I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay as Want to Read . The novel charts the course of a Canadian indie band called Okay (though it's lowercase italics, thanks) through the recollections of its drummer.
Start by marking I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. He's named after a sexually transmitted disease, as are all of the quartet. It's structured as a series of short stories, and they cover the gamut of band experiences: shitty venues, groupie-shagging, drugs, death, religion, booze, This is the first of Toby Litt's books that I've read. It's pretty much ensured that it won't be the last.
We are in a band called okay, lower case italics. I am the drummer, Syph is the lead singer. But I expect you've guessed that. Mine's Toby and this is the closest I am ever likely to get to fulfilling my Jeremy Clarkson fantasies. There's also Mono the bassist and Crab the guitarist. These aren't our real names. In a knowingly self-conscious way. Obviously. We've reached the point of self-annihilation. I've puked on a dog in Rotterdam while trying to score. A girl called Inge approaches us. She's beautiful and she fancies Syph. Everyone fancies Syph.
Clap, the drummer in a successful Canadian rock group, is writing his memoirs. His own tale is naturally inseparable from that of his band. It's a story familiar to any music fan, lovingly and plausibly reproduced. He tells how okay formed, lists their various tours and studio sessions, explains their "look", recalls 20 years of drug binges and sex. Clap repeatedly leaves the band and rejoins. He starts a family, suddenly develops cancer and, with the help of a benefit concert, is just as suddenly cured. Band mates overdose and recover and on, and on. There i. .
Okay are a Canadian indie/rock band who sound a little like the Velvet Underground on quarter-speed. For anyone who's ever wondered what it's like to be in a rock band, I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay is a dream of a book that delivers everthing it promises - but it's more than that too, and behind the glitz of celebrity shimmers a mature and nuanced novel about pains and joys as fundamental as those.
As such, I perhaps didn’t get Toby Litt’s ninth book as much as some others might
As such, I perhaps didn’t get Toby Litt’s ninth book as much as some others might. I’ve read Litt twice before, with Beatniks and Finding Myself and I think this one ranks currently somewhere in between the two. It’s a novel, certainly, but actually it’s probably better defined as a series of short stories. They’re all told from the point of view of Clap, the drummer in the band okay (all lower case, in italics) and tell the ups and downs of life in a rock band over twenty years
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A witty, revealing and moving novel following the fortunes of a Canadian rock band and their adventures on tour as they struggle to grow up, both helped and hindered by their rock n' roll lifestyles. 3 people like this topic.