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Pink Cadillac
     

Pink Cadillac

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by Robert Dunn
 

Both a love story and a mystery, this book features a runaway girl, a down-at-its-heels roadhouse, a hot-headed sax player, a tormented recordman, a drop-in from Elvis Presley, and a magical car. It is tinged with magic and mojo and goes far behind the music to tell one of the great lost stories of rock 'n' roll.

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Both a love story and a mystery, this book features a runaway girl, a down-at-its-heels roadhouse, a hot-headed sax player, a tormented recordman, a drop-in from Elvis Presley, and a magical car. It is tinged with magic and mojo and goes far behind the music to tell one of the great lost stories of rock 'n' roll.

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"Real rock 'n' roll literature—a book with all the wily literacy of a Chuck Berry song."  —David Hajdu, author, Positively Fourth Street

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A "musical novel" about the blues and Elvis from short-fiction writer and poet Dunn pays dutiful homage to the birth of rock'n'roll through romance and a roadhouse murder mystery-but without a whole lot of intensity. The pink Caddy enters the scene carrying Elvis, who blows by a pretty young singer thumbing her way to an uncertain musical future. Meanwhile, a young white sax player with rocking riffs impresses black blues impresario Bearcat Jackson, who asks him to join his roadhouse band on the outskirts of Memphis. The singer, Daisy, and the saxman, Dell, join forces in Bearcat's band, sparking on stage and off and creating a sound that draws the King himself, but it's still the '50s in the American South, and powers-that-be conspire to take everything Bearcat owns-including his life. That's the main story, but cobbled onto it is a record collector's search 40 years later for the one disc of Daisy and Dell that Bearcat recorded, "Pink Cadillac," which almost no one believes ever existed. The drama of the hunt doesn't match the passion and life-and-death issues of the original participants, but the pervasive passion for music does provide the novel with a steady heat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970829306
Publisher:
Coral Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Robert Dunn is the author of Cutting Time and Soul Cavalcade. He has taught fiction writing at The New School in New York City and has been published in The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He lives in New York City.

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Pink Cadillac 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Dunn has written a bittersweet story that perfectly captures a time when rhythm and blues was in its the birth throes giving life to rock 'n' roll. A modern day record collector/entrepreneur, grieving his wife's death, is on a healing quest to find a legendary single. He is convinced that PINK CADILLAC is the greatest song never heard, a disc that may or may not have been recorded by a rag tag group of musical pioneers in the mid fifties. Through flashback, the reader discovers the secret of the song, and why its origins have been kept hidden for nearly half a century. The colorful characters that populate the story are in and of themselves worth the price of admission. Bearcat Jackson is a particularly captivating and heartbreaking individual as penned by Dunn. He is a brilliant self-taught bluesman and record man, deeply trapped and haunted by the Jim Crow provisions that were the law of his land and times. Much to the dismay of his long-time musical partners, he hooks up with two young white kids, creating a new sort of sound in 'Pink Cadillac.' But was the magical song ever actually put to wax? And what dreadful price did The Bearcat and his friends pay for daring to make such music together? With 'guest stars' such as Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips and Elvis himself (who provides the Cadillac the song is named for,) this is a rollicking ride that will make a great read for novices and diehard music fans alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pink Cadillac's author, Robert Dunn, knows the stuff of Memphis '55/56 -- the days of blues descending and rock rising, the roadhouses, radio stations, deejays, unscrupulous record label owners and the power of the mojo. He's taken that knowledge and transformed it into a riveting novel. I found myself reading late into the night, needing to know how Thomas 'Bearcat' Jackson's record producing career had been destroyed -- why blues singer Sonesta Clarke loved, but couldn't live with Bearcat -- if Dell Dellaplane's powerful father would smash his son's dreams by bringing down Bearcat's roadhouse -- if Daisy Holliday would ever come to her senses, forsake lounge singing in Buffalo, NY and return to Memphis. Most of all, I couldn't put the book down until the truth of the record -- Pink Cadillac -- was revealed. Had it actually ever been recorded? If so, why did it live in legend alone? Did it hold the answer to a mystery that might've been best left unsolved? Buy this book. Once you begin reading, you won't be able to stop.