Revival: A Folk Music Novel

Revival: A Folk Music Novel

by Scott Alarik


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Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Popular Fiction (2011)

Revival is a novel that celebrates America's renewed passion for folk music and singer-songwriters. Charismatic songwriter Nathan Warren lost his chance at stardom years ago. Kit Palmer is young, beautiful, and explosively gifted, but can she keep from falling apart on stage? They travel the Boston folk scene as lovers and artists, through basement coffeehouses and funky jams, rowdy open mikes and grand concert halls, seeking stardom for one and redemption for the other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931807913
Publisher: Randall, Peter E. Publisher
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Scott Alarik covered folk music in the Boston Globe for over 20 years. Pete Seeger calls him “one of the best writers in America,” and the Library Journal called his first book, Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground, “an essential primer of the continuing folk revival.” Alarik is also a singer-songwriter who toured the national folk circuit and performed regularly on A Prairie Home Companion.

What People are Saying About This

John Gorka

“Much more than a great fictional take on the world of folk music…this love story belongs in the larger world of American music and letters. Like the best folk songs, it should reach many people and travel far.”

Noel Paul Stookey

“It's romantic, it’s tragic, it’s funny, it’s sexy––and most importantly, it’s accurate.”

From the Publisher

"You don’t need to know anything about folk music… to feel that you are part of what’s happening—and to love the story and characters. Truly an outstanding first novel." —Matt Smith, manager, Club Passim

"A terrific, cathartic, hard-to-put-down read." - Mark Moss, Editor, Sing Out! The Folk Music Magazine

"Wow… a moving story set in the modern trenches of the urban folk music world… where tradition meets ambition and sometimes spawns lasting art... beautifully painted… I recommend it very highly." -Tom Paxton, songwriter, author

"The finest folk writer in the country."— Dar Williams, songwriter

"I didn’t read this book, I devoured it . . . thrilled to see that each character was masterfully developed, with the subtlety and complexity that real people deserve . . . parts of this book are very funny. . . . When I travel around the folk world today, I am constantly reminded of characters I met in Revival. . . . For those outside the community, it’s as good an introduction as I’ve ever seen."— Don White, songwriter, humorist, author

"If I wanted to make someone understand why folk music has been my own greatest passion, I’d be likely to hand them a copy of Revival. . . . Readers who love listening to folk music . . . will enjoy how the story pulls them into that fascinating world. Those of us already immersed in that world will . . . be inspired by Scott’s eloquent description of why folk music moves his characters—and him, and us—so deeply." —Bob Blackman, host of “The Folk Tradition,” WKAR Radio, E. Lansing, MI

"Scott Alarik has done such a masterful job capturing the New England folk scene that, months after finishing the book, I still find myself wondering about the fate of the characters. Revival is a highly entertaining and informative glimpse into the inner workings of the business of folk music. I highly recommend it." —Alison Brown, Grammy-winning musician and Compass Records founder

"Compelling . . . broad appeal . . . a behind the scenes look at the musician’s life and work from someone as knowledgeable as anyone about the modern folk world . . . Alarik is the PERFECT person to write this book. . . . I have a strong feeling that many, many artists would get behind this book, and that many, many of their fans would as well." —David Tamulevich, music manager-agent, The Roots Agency

"Revival captures the heart of the singer/songwriter scene with this story of love, ambition, and artistic integrity. The characters are so believable that you want to go hear them in concert after reading the book. Clearly written by someone in the know, Revival allows the good, the bad and the ugly elements of the folksinger’s experience to be witnessed without glossing over anything." —Catie Curtis, singer-songwriter

From the moment I picked up Revival, I couldn't put it down. I relished every page and didn't want the narrative to end. It's a beautifully told and totally believable love story wrapped around the inner workings of the Folk Music business. From the open mikes of Cambridge, MA , to the soul-crushing machine behind the popular folk song on the radio, it's all in there. Scott knows the main streets and back roads of the folk musician's journey better than almost anyone, he's lived it, watched it, and reported on it his whole life. I highly recommend this book, it's a great read. - Mary Gauthier, singer-songwriter


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pattiguitar More than 1 year ago
Scott Alarik's "Revival" is a delightful read, especially for musicians. The story, the nuances, the wisdom, the information, the familiar characters and places, the humor, all pulled together with such love and honesty. It hit home for me at so many levels. Honestly, I could not wait each day to go back and read some more along with my morning coffee.
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