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Author Biography: Mary Elizabeth Martin, born in Chicago and raised in and around the United States, is a writer and self-appointed obscure music expert who has spent the last decade meeting ...
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Author Biography: Mary Elizabeth Martin, born in Chicago and raised in and around the United States, is a writer and self-appointed obscure music expert who has spent the last decade meeting and infiltrating various bands and music scenes. Though not a groupie per se, Ms. Martin has gone so far as to spot a guitar player in a music video, develop a crush, determine to meet and marry him — then do so. She spent three life-altering years in Berlin, Germany as a result. Ms. Martin's first novel, Diary of a Superfluous Band, is a manifestation of her infatuation with music, musicians, life's dark side and any perceived underdog.
Posted May 28, 2001
One thing authors can do to pull you into their story, is include you--the Reader. Ms. Martin does a fantastic job of making you feel as if you are there, in the time and the moment, visiting places you can only dream of. The book's packaging is simple, but only brilliant writers can get away with that, for Diary doesn't need elaborate art to draw you in, just words. Ms. Martin describes touring as '...a morbid fascination at the site of a disaster...' Her poetic license in her use of words is clearly well-earned. Pick up this book if you want to go on a long, strange and maddenly wonderful journey in the world of rock stars, roadies, groupies, sex, drugs and punk rock. Do the crime without paying the time--Ms. Martin does it for you. Visit places most likely unknown to you and see them through the eyes looking from behind not-so-rose-tinted lens. And for those of you fantasizing about that career on the road, playing in a band, let this book open your eyes for you. Now that I am finished with the book, the questions still lingers: Is it real?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.