B-Sides And Broken Hearts

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Lisa Simon, age 37, still loves loud punk rock and hates Dave Matthews with an all-consuming passion. April 15, 2001 should have been just another Sunday night. But a news headline landing in Lisa's email inbox changes everything: "Joey Ramone is dead." The death of one of her teenage heroes serves as an long-overdue wake-up call causing Lisa to examine her life and how she's lived it, from her youth as a poet on the streets of the East Village to 10 years later, all grown up with a career and a fiance. Add to ...
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Lisa Simon, age 37, still loves loud punk rock and hates Dave Matthews with an all-consuming passion. April 15, 2001 should have been just another Sunday night. But a news headline landing in Lisa's email inbox changes everything: "Joey Ramone is dead." The death of one of her teenage heroes serves as an long-overdue wake-up call causing Lisa to examine her life and how she's lived it, from her youth as a poet on the streets of the East Village to 10 years later, all grown up with a career and a fiance. Add to the mix Jake McDaniel, lead singer of million-selling, critically-regarded Seattle band Blue Electric, known better to Lisa as the starving renegades who lived next door to her when she first arrived in Seattle. In the midst of an unexpectedly heated argument with the fiance over the historical relevance (or not) of the Ramones - which forces Lisa to face the truth about her relationship - Jake writes and invites Lisa to LA. Throwing what seems like half her cd collection in the car, along with a wardrobe consisting of high heels, jeans and t-shirts, Lisa starts driving from Seattle to LA in the middle of the night, accompanied by music, memories, and the ghosts of the past. Arriving in LA, she finds refuge, but also collides with her past, present and future; decisions need to be made, and this time, Lisa stands her ground.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780983502906
  • Publisher: Till Victory Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2011
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    The only think I could think after reading this was this is what

    The only think I could think after reading this was this is what it would have been like if Cameron Crowe was a girl. When Joey Ramone dies, Lisa realizes that her boyfriend is a dick and she misses her friends. She jumps in her car, leaving Seattle and heads to L.A. to meet up with rock legends Electric Blue, who she has known since before they were famous. The long drive brings up old memories of her days when she was young and she would pick up and go to see her favorite punk bands. If you are a music fan this this book is for you. It reminded me of all the great music that has come and gone. Good Stuff and a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    She "gets it"

    Reading this book brought one quote from "Almost Famous" to mind repeatedly.

    While backstage, the groupie (ahem, I mean "Band Aid") Sapphire says to William, "They don't even know what it is to be a fan. Y'know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts. "

    I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. While I was never a fan of the Ramones, I knew and appreciated them. I also enjoyed appreciated Lisa's various fandoms, including the Stones and her knowledge of various boots. As a Who fan myself, I enjoyed the nods to a handful of albums, and in particular the reference to Who's Next and that iconic cover photo.

    When it ended, I was a little sad that Blue Electric never existed. I really want to hear that "Antique Mirror" song now!

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    B-Sides and Broken Hearts

    "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" should have universal appeal for its main story line, with the protagonist, Lisa, faced with a major life decision, and forced to decide what is important to her. While the specifics may be different, the struggle is one most of us have faced.

    However, for me, the most significant message is the power of music. If you're like me, there are songs that can lift you up and those that will put you into a funk, while others take you back to a specific time, place, or person. An idea epitomized midway through the book by this paragraph:

    "How can this happen? How can a song that meant so much to me when I first heard it at fourteen, a song about dreams and hope, suddenly mean just as much right now, suddenly the words apply exactly to my life twenty-two years later? And how can it affect me in the same way, how can it lift me up, transport me, elevate me, inspire me, give me meaning and, well, hope?"

    On her website Rose says her goal was to "write the woman's version of 'High Fidelity.'" (A book by Nick Hornby, later made into a movie starring John Cusack.) Rose said she, "wanted to read a book where a woman could like music as much as a guy and not be called a groupie or be told that she sure knew a lot about music for a girl." I think she did it. Rose knows a lot about music for anyone, regardless of gender, and this knowledge permeates the pages of "B-Sides and Broken Hearts." The music geek will love this book for that reason as it smoothly integrates mentions of songs and bands from big (The Rolling Stones) to relatively obscure (I've heard of Eddie Spaghetti and his band, The Supersuckers, have you?) If you're not a music fan, "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" is still a good story, but if you are, it is a can't miss.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Living Loving & Dreaming At High Volume

    The world is divided into two types of people, as far as I'm concerned. Those that stared endlessly at album covers while listening to records that, quite literally, made their otherwise dull and dismal lives feel worth living. And those that...well, are like the guy in "The Graduate" that interrogates young Ben about what he should do with his life: "Ben, I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics." I was thinking about all this while reading Caryn Rose's "B-Sides and Broken Hearts." That's not to say a wide audience won't appreciate this book because it can, and I hope for the very talented Caryn Rose's sake it does. But see, this is the type of book that feels like it's all yours and no one else can possibly feel or understand it like you because you can't help but wonder if it was written just for you. Just like those great records you stared at that felt all yours. Stuff like "Let It Be" by the Replacements, "Murmur" by REM, "Darkness on the Edge of Town" by Springsteen. Anyway, not saying it's required, but it helps if: You went to club shows in the 80s or early 90s and always got there insanely early and made a b-line to the front of the state and waited through 4 crap opening bands just so you could get that glorious dose from life savers like Sonic Youth or Husker Du, this book is for you. If you spent years feeling alienated answering idiotic questions from stiffs who couldn't fathom why you'd drive 100 miles after work to see Sleater-Kinney, this book is for you. If you couldn't imagine taking a road trip without spending more time making mix tapes than packing your bags, this book is for you. If you were convinced your life was changing in that very first moment you first saw The Clash, this book is for you. And yet, this book is about so much more than a great soundtrack. At its core, its essence, is about living and loving and dreaming of a life of authenticity. There are watershed moments in one's life that force you to ask the hard questions, examine your motives, and spur you to make changes. And suddenly you realize there was everything up to now, and everything that shall be, and finally you start believe there is a chance for redemption and renewal. I finished B-Sides and Broken Hearts and now I miss it. Great books are like that. - Bill See

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    A Great Read

    My first impulse after finishing this book was to hit iTunes and download a bunch of albums I should have already owned. Caryn Rose made me remember what an important part of my life music has been, especially when I was younger, and how a love of it can bond people forever (or tear them apart if one's passion for it doesn't match their partner's). More importantly, in "B-Sides and Broken Hearts", the author has created characters you immediately recognize and like. These people reflect the people I spent the best parts of my life with and Caryn has captured them perfectly. As the story unfolded, I was genuinely interested to read more about the main character Lisa's life and excited to find out where her drive would lead her. I read this book in a little over a day because I was so eager to find out more about these characters. It was time well spent.

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