Titel: Little Heroes
Verlag: Grafton Books, London
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Norman Spinrad, acclaimed author of BUG JACK BARRON and CHILD OF FORTUNE, has create an extraordinarily powerful novel of sex, rock and revolution driven by a relentless 4/4 beat. It is the near future. Tens of millions now live in the streets. The City teems with Uzi-toting enforcers, kibble-munching streeties and wire heads plugged into the latest electronic high. And somewhere along the line, rock and roll has lost its soul — or rather sold it to a megacorporation that churns out synthesized hits with all the passion of the market research reports that dictate their demographic parameters. From the highest towers of the corporate world to the sex-and-thrill bars, to the death-infested streets, an explosion is about to take place. "The Spinrad of BUG JACK BARRON is back with a vengeance. LITTLE HEROES is ferocious and funny, street smart and heartfelt." —William Gibson "LITTLE HEROES is written with wisdom, human warmth, astonishing insight, sophistication and the master touch. Norman Spinrad is a major literary figure of our time. It's a rare pleasure to read this engaging mind." —Timothy Leary "Vintage Spinrad. A novel which mourns the death of rock and roll — and celebrates its rebirth." —Michael MoorcockFrom Publishers Weekly:
Spinrad mined media hype and manipulation to fine effect in his early novel, Bug Jack Barron. Now 18 years later, he has another go with this near future story of the conglomerate MUZIK's desire to substitute APs (artificial personalities) for its troublesome rock stars. Voxbox artist Sally Genaro and graphics whiz Bobby Rubin create a sensation called Red Jack, thanks to prodding from Glorianna O'Toole, "The Crazy Old Lady of Rock and Roll" and to the stimulation of the zap, a small electric device that mimics the effects of hallucinogens. What they don't anticipate is the co-opting of Jack's rebel stance by the Reality Liberation Front, an anarchist computer commune churning out programs to bilk money machines, fix tax records, etc. As with much of Spinrad's work, the strong initial impact is vitiated by the excessive length, repetition and crudeness of the novel as a whole.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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