Featured New Release: Breaking Fellini


One of the best things about Rocktober this year hasn’t been great book reviews or lovely sales reports (although those are quite nice, as well).

Nope. It’s been meeting other Rock Fiction authors. One of them is ME Purfield, who was kind enough to feature me on his blog — and to let our friend Mary at BookHounds re-run the same post.

Mike is good people. So, of course, on hearing he’d just published a new book, Breaking Fellini, I had to ask him that burning question of mine: What song makes you think of your book?

Here’s what he said:

I’m going to give you a trick answer for this one. The Trilogy songs from Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation: The Wonder, Hyperstation, and Eliminator, Jr. The rhythm of it is so New York, especially the lower east side.

I tried hard to bring a feel of the lower east side during the seventies in my novel Breaking Fellini. With any luck I hope the reader gets something fast, something droning, something weird, and something original. Just like the Trilogy on Daydream Nation.

Definitely like the Trilogy. That is some angry music.

Here’s the blurb for Breaking Fellini:

Breaking Fellini is a novel of No Wave and New York during 1977.

Sixteen-year-old Joni Corso loves to play rock guitar, but being in a local cover band just doesn’t excite her anymore. She wants to perform originals and join the scene in New York City were Blondi, Patti Smith, and The Ramones found fame.

Able to convince her mother to spend some time with her estranged father in Manhattan, Joni jumps at the opportunity to redefine herself and join a band. Amidst a whirlwind of classic rock, drugs, urban recession, and drag queens, Joni meets Phaedra a homeless girl with a mission to destroy rock idols and the mainstream. Joni joins her band No! and starts plays the kind of music she’s been craving. The kind of music that out punks Punk.

But Dad sees her as something else: a famous rock guitarist with a band on the Top 40 charts, something Joni doesn’t want to be anymore. Now she has to decide which musician she can live with being and for who or risk losing her new life and father she just found.

I left the Smashwords link above (oh, look. There it is again!), but if you’re a purist or something equally odd, here’s the Amazon link.


1 Comment

  1. Alice Audrey

    October 13, 2011 6:34 pm

    It certainly has a strong feel to it.

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