Resurrection Blues

Overview

The tale of a musician who leaves school for a life on the road.

Flynn Robinson is eighteen years old and has just made the most important decision of his life. Excited by an offer to play guitar in a top club band, he's decided to drop out of his last year of high school.

Naturally, his parents aren't too thrilled. Neither is his girlfriend, Julianne. But Flynn is driven by his passion for music, and his fear of ending up bored and boring -- a...

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Overview

The tale of a musician who leaves school for a life on the road.

Flynn Robinson is eighteen years old and has just made the most important decision of his life. Excited by an offer to play guitar in a top club band, he's decided to drop out of his last year of high school.

Naturally, his parents aren't too thrilled. Neither is his girlfriend, Julianne. But Flynn is driven by his passion for music, and his fear of ending up bored and boring -- a regular guy in a suit and tie. His hero is his uncle and namesake, Ray Flynn, a musician who has defied convention his whole life.

Flynn can't bring himself to tell Julianne they're finished. He resents anyone giving him advice, and finds that he's really burned when the bandleader won't let him play his original tunes. When Flynn is offered a hot guitar, he is confronted by the first of his moral dilemmas.

Flynn is getting his first look at the world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But a time for deep reflection arrives when Flynn discovers that his idol, Ray, isn't the man he imagined.

Tanner reaches into his own experience as a musician to create the authentic universe of a club band. In this novel, written with the adrenaline rush of a live performance, we meet a compelling cast of characters.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Flynn's self-absorption and sometimes careless treatment... don't make him totally likeable, but those same qualities give his voice strong authenticity.
— Gillian Engberg
Canadian Materials
If you play guitar long enough and hard enough, they will come. What happens to you is another story.... Recommended.
— Joan Marshall
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This book's got a rhythm many readers will identify with: not wanting to conform, take orders, or work at a pencil-pushing job five days out of the week. Those are a few of the reasons why Flynn, 18, decides to drop out of high school to join a rock band as lead guitarist and go on the road. A well-developed character who grows believably by the end of the story, Flynn struggles to find his own way. He is faced with late nights and constant parties where drugs and women are freely available. The author paints a realistic picture of what people might encounter when they decide to take to the road as a musician, including sex and a fair amount of alcohol consumption. Teens will appreciate the space Tanner gives Flynn to follow his own passion and grow from his mistakes. Fellow band members; Flynn's girlfriend; Allie, a singer with a "strong and sure" voice; and Ramzi, a longtime friend, provide solid foils to assist Flynn on his journey to becoming an adult.-Kelly Czarnecki, Bloomington Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
INFOLINK
Flynn is a dedicated and gifted guitar player. He has been given a chance at beginning his dream of becoming a star when he is offered a position with a local touring band. He decides to drop out of high school, which worries his parents and his girlfriend. Flynn finds out that touring isn't as exciting as it sounds and the difficulties of living on the road. This is an interesting story with a strong and introspective protagonist. Flynn is unafraid to take risks or to make mistakes, although he is not always happy with where those decisions take him. ... A good book for high schoolers [on the] popular "what if" situation....i.e. "What if I could be a rock-n-roll star?
Booklist - Gillian Engberg
Flynn's self-absorption and sometimes careless treatment of others don't make him totally likeable, but those same qualities give his voice strong authenticity, and many readers, particularly teens who share his lyrically described musical passion, will easily connect with his questions, restlessness, and driving need for independence and expression.
Canadian Materials - Joan Marshall
Here's a book for those many high school students (usually boys) who think that school's a drag and playing in a professional rock and roll band would be the epitome of career choices. If you play guitar long enough and hard enough, they will come. What happens to you is another story.... It's the music and the characters that dominate Resurrection Blues. And there are many descriptions of how the band plays its gritty '60's choices that will excite the heart of any guitar player... Told in the ubiquitous first person present tense, this novel creates a tone of urgent immediacy that reflects young adults' impatience and self-centeredness. Flynn's sojourn with the band helps him to break away from parental expectations and find his own solution to what to do with his life. This theme of finding your life path will resonate with older teens in the same position.... For band wannabes, Resurrection Blues could be a serious wake-up call. Recommended.
INFOLINK - Mary Ellen Monahan
There is a lot of technical detail that will appeal only to musicians or serious fans of classic rock, but this well-told story of a young man on a quest for self-discovery will speak to a general audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550378962
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/5/2005
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,305,674
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Tanner is a songwriter and recording artist who has published one previous novel. He lives in Toronto, teaches English and gives writing seminars.

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