Fuel-Injected Dreams

Fuel-Injected Dreams

by James Robert Baker
     
 
Here is the cult classic whose central character is based on the legend of Phil Spector. So there's this record producer Dennis Contrelle who was huge in the early 1960s, creating epic trash masterpieces from girl groups and surf bands, a veritable Wagner of pop, but he retired at the end of the decade and disappeared into his mansion of tack somewhere in L.A. He's

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Here is the cult classic whose central character is based on the legend of Phil Spector. So there's this record producer Dennis Contrelle who was huge in the early 1960s, creating epic trash masterpieces from girl groups and surf bands, a veritable Wagner of pop, but he retired at the end of the decade and disappeared into his mansion of tack somewhere in L.A. He's still there, still married to the singer with his biggest group, a woman effectively held prisoner by the drug-damaged Svengali who can't let her go ... But remember: "This novel is a work of fiction ... any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales, is entirely coincidental." Our narrator is a hip late-night DJ, Scott Cochrane, who grew up on the music of Dennis Contrelle, and had a teenage crush on Sharlene, the singer for the Stingrays, whose classic '60s pop album, Fuel Injected Dreams, is tied up in his mind with his first girlfriend, Cheryl, who mysteriously disappeared the summer of the album's release. When the DJ belittles one of his tunes, the producer phones in a complaint, and Cochrane is soon lured into the Contrelles' world of sadomasochistic sexual intrigue.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scott Cochran is a manic all-night deejay in L.A. who will turn down a request for Dusty Springfield's ``The Look of Love'' if it means breaking with an evening's theme of, say, death. Legendary '60s music producer Dennis Contrelle, creator of The Contrelle Sound and pop-icon group, The Stingrays, phones in a complaint to Cochran when the d.j. belittles a Contrelle tune on the air, and Cochran gets lured into a web of sadomasochistic sexual intrigue surrounding the reclusive Contrelle and his wife, Sharlene, the former lead singer of the Stingrays whom he's kept semi-imprisoned in a palatial estate since the mid-'60s. Baker makes an ambitious attempt at blending a driven narrative style with a procession of equally driven characters and plot events, but the tale at the heart of his debut novel is essentially a pointless and simplistic record industry roman a clef. (April 28)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525244172
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1986
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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