Charlie Six

Charlie Six

by Brixton Key


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Charlie Six by Brixton Key

Charlie Six is a gorgeously realized coming-of-age novel that takes place during the eruption of music, hope and revolution in London during the 1960s. Charlie’s a boy ready to bust out of the post-WWII mentality on the tail-end of a Muddy Waters’ riff in his Carnaby Street suit. His mother is a world-class nightlife addict and his father’s a gangster, just two amongst the colorful cast of characters raising Charlie. The language of Charlie Six is the art of slang – he’s a cheeky Cockney pop art Huck Finn with the gift of the gab. Written by the enigmatic Brixton Key, rumored to have been deeply involved in the English music business from the time he was a lad, Charlie Six is a tantalizing mélange of fictional autobiography and modern memoir. It evokes The Catcher in the Rye meets Howl. Poet, Maxine Chernoff, writes, “Charlie Six is as much at home mixing ‘Gin and Its’ as he is listening to the rock music and Beat Poetry that charts his growth. He has the frankness and tenderness of the best main characters...heartbreaking and hilarious.” With the fast moving pace of a mystery novel, Charlie Six takes you on a heady ride through 1960’s London, gangsters, and pop music as he experiences the pain and joy of making the transition from boy to young man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983570905
Publisher: poppynoir
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

BRIXTON KEY was born in Bleak House, Isleworth, England in the 1950s to a party-loving scallywag Mum and an errant Dad. As a child he rifled through his brother’s extensive record collection, nicked novels from library shelves, 45s off the racks at HMV, and fell deeply in love with Muddy Waters slide guitar. Expelled from boarding school, which he attended on a scholarship, Brixton put on his Kings Road finery to hustle up a gig with the British music weekly Melody Maker, writing about artistes as varied as Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Hawkwind, and Rory Gallagher, under the name of Mark Plummer. He scarpered off to America one step ahead of Thatcher’s clampdown to manage Chris Isaak in the 1980s, guiding the pop idol and actor’s career as MTV started ruling the airwaves. “I loved the visuals of three minute fast moving stories. They turned me on – fast cuts, Super 8 grainy frames, and great looking thrift shop guitars.” Suffering a near-fatal brain aneurysm in the 90s, Brix was knocked flat on his arse. On the advice of his stepson he began writing fiction. “I love telling stories – life is fiction. I’d love to be Charlie Six, or perhaps I was. It’s fun living amongst the typography on the page.” Brixton lives with his partner Josephine in a downtown San Francisco loft, where their record player continually spins 45s and music clips flicker on the computer screen. In the late night hours he reads his favourite authors under skyscraper shadows. A lifelong insomniac he has little time for sleep. Who would when another story is lurking around another dark corner?

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