Stench, Aroma, Smell, Haze and Fart might not have the sweetest nicknames in town, but these five have just finished their O Level school exams and are on a mission to take their fledgling band from a dream to reality, and get themselves a half decent gig. Songs are good, playing is getting better, Smell's voice is wicked, so what could possibly go wrong?
Aside from a bunch of tramps, smelly teens, the lead singer falling in love with the drummer, the National Front, and a double murder!
But this is 1976. It is not only a different decade, it is a different planet. A comedy at its heart, The Stink is about London, about growing up and about all the hurt and heartache, the fun, the laughter, the bad language and the tears that go with being sixteen.
Journey with these five wonderful young people as they battle racism, homophobia, family drama and violent criminals, and yet keep their humour, grow and learn and still fall over their own feet. And of course, write songs about everything.
If you were a teen back then, you will lap up the nostalgia. If you are a teen now, you will wish you had been there. Go on, pick up your guitar and jam with The Stink.
The Stink. It was what the seventies were all about!
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About the Author
CC Hogan is a writer and old muso that loves nothing more than cuddling up with an idea, a glass of wine, a pot of hot coffee and chucking words around happily. Alright, he also just likes cuddling, but that is less interesting. He is a Londoner born and bred but dreams of a tiny cottage by the sea. At the moment he is buried in a world called Dirt, a huge fantasy that spans a thousand years and is a tale of love, war, family and dragons. Unsurprisingly, in the book can be found a cottage by the sea... CC also likes to write poetry and is trying to learn how to draw. He is always happy to answer questions, though the quality of answers may depend on time of day, wine quantity, full stomach, lack of money and so forth...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Looking for a universal walk down memory lane during an era of upheaval, changing social values, and a new generation of rebellious youth? Hop aboard the time machine and let C.C. Hogan take you back in time to North London where a group of young musicians, decide to take their garage band into the spotlight. Centered on “Smell,” the main character, lead singer and song writer, the summer of 1976 will bring a coming of age, a budding romance and revelations that will make some bonds grow ever stronger. Even a double murder won’t stop this determined group of young people, but how will it affect their lives or their outlooks on life? The Stink by C.C. Hogan is a chaotic read, high on tension, with a rapid fire pace that brings the 70s back to life, or for those who weren’t there, it gives a good view of life for the youth of the times as the children of blue collar workers. Every generation has their form of rebellion, this one is no different, but for Smell, putting his feelings into words creates magic with his songs and his voice. Each member of the band has a unique presence that represents one of the social issues of the day. Often sarcastic and biting dialogue adds humorous moments as these young artists continue to search for their moment of fame. C.C. Hogan provides the attitude, the snark, the insecurities and the darker sides of life as well as the easy camaraderie of kindred souls. A fun read that will have you wishing you had the energy you had in the 70s or whenever you were a teen. The author’s English tone comes through with a clear, often irreverent and sharp voice. I received this copy from C.C. Hogan in exchange for my honest review.