The Singer

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The Singer

The Singer By Cathi Unsworth The Singer A heartbreaking elegy for the blank generation Jake Arnott A cracking mystery GuardianPunk band Blood Truth had it all critical acclaim adoring fans and a promising career That is until lead singer

  • Title: The Singer
  • Author: Cathi Unsworth
  • ISBN: 9781852429331
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Singer By Cathi Unsworth A heartbreaking elegy for the blank generation Jake Arnott A cracking mystery GuardianPunk band Blood Truth had it all critical acclaim, adoring fans, and a promising career That is, until lead singer Vincent Smith disappeared, his girlfriend was found dead, and the band fell apart Vincent has not been seen since.That was 1981 Twenty years later, journalist Eddie B A heartbreaking elegy for the blank generation Jake Arnott A cracking mystery GuardianPunk band Blood Truth had it all critical acclaim, adoring fans, and a promising career That is, until lead singer Vincent Smith disappeared, his girlfriend was found dead, and the band fell apart Vincent has not been seen since.That was 1981 Twenty years later, journalist Eddie Bracknell is on the scent He s got a book contract and a looming deadline now all he needs to do is figure out what happened to Vincent.Cathi Unsworth is a former music journalist turned crime novelist.
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    1. Adam on said:

      Cathi Unsworth s The Singer is an epic of the punk era mixed with a detective story and a little bit of the gothic with a conclusion straight out of Poe and Wilde In many ways this is not a crime story or doesn t feel like one for most of the story but a story of the dreamers and the damned pun intended as that band features quite a bit in the book of the punk generation, but Unsworth always writes like a crime novelist focusing on a street level view of history filled with grit and grime and se [...]

    2. Andy on said:

      Currently reading the Kindle preview of The Singer and I m enjoying it It s a pretty good punk crime novel about the dissolution of rock and roll dreams and the quiet disappearance of a popular punk singer following an explosive run at the height of The 1977 Roxy Club scene Unsworth writes in a tight, tough prose style that fits the action inside Give this one a tumble.

    3. Chris on said:

      A vast improvement on her debut novel this has real depth and moved along at pace Some great characters drawn from the UK 80s underground music scene A good few seem very familiar as they appear to drawn from the pages of Sounds NME.

    4. Nigeyb on said:

      David Peace, on the back cover, describes The Singer as the Great Punk Novel As a man who is passionate about music, and lived through, and loved, the punk era, this augured very well The book is firmly based within the UK punk, and post punk eras, so plenty of real bands and songs feature in the story Part of the fun of the book, for those steeped in the musical history of the era, is trying to work out who Cathi Unsworth modelled some of the fictional characters and bands on For example there [...]

    5. Eva on said:

      Oh man what a story the noir the punk the music vince donna sylvana eddie what a tangle web Unsworth weaved Set between modern times and the early 1980s this tells the story of two up coming bands in the early English punk scene and Eddie a modern day music journalist pinning for a scene he was never part off Eddie is trying to write about the mysterious disappearance of Vince a charismatic singer of Blood Truth along the way he discovers a whole lot of truth and then some The end is a real kick [...]

    6. Ian Mapp on said:

      They do suggest that you write about what you know.And Cathi Unsword ex music journalist knows her late seventies, early 80s music.This book is simply superb Best I ve read for a long time and will be my book of 2016, I m sure.A split time narrative shows a music journalist in 2001 investigating the short career of a fictional punk band, Blood Truth, and their enigmatic front man, Vince.There s a lot of fun to be had as fact and fiction merge The real bands bring back memories but part of the jo [...]

    7. Simon on said:

      Originally reviewed as part of a 5 book round up.Last but not least on the holiday reading is The Singer By Cathi Unsworth who I bought it from at the Suarez Seance at the Horse Hospital a few months ago a night celebrating Derek Raymond this is a great London Rock and Roll Mystery roll of a book that was hard to put down and follows the story of two fictional bands Blood Truth and Mood Violet who its claimed within this book are in Blood Truths case the founding fathers of Goth and come not fro [...]

    8. catechism on said:

      Probably of a 4.5 a few typos and some odd POV shifts , but I m rounding up because man, I thought this was great It s the story of a journalist who gets obsessed with an early British punk band whose lead singer disappeared off the face of the earth 20 years ago The journalist decides to write a book about the band and the search for the singer, and the book switches back and forth between the first person POV of the journalist and an occasionally strange third person POV flashback, from the v [...]

    9. Kathy Adams on said:

      The characters were brought to life in this story I felt transported to the late seventies punk rock movement in Britain The dialogue was spot on, and I found myself regurgitating British phrases in everyday life while reading this novel I was captivated by the story telling and enjoyed the intriguing back and forth present searching into the past and past moving towards the future to move the story along The ending derailed the whole story and I feel compelled to reread the entire book as the m [...]

    10. Eric on said:

      I thought it started off decently but then it hit a long patch where I felt like I was better off abandoning the book rather than finishing it Then I got to the section about the New Year s party and everything started clicking.And thenat ending.The beginning and middle parts really kept this from being the four star book I d say 3.5 but still, for a book about punk post punk really it does an admirable job in not embarrassing itself.

    11. Rachel Pollock on said:

      This is a placeholder for a lengthy review to come, but in short this was a fun read, a nostalgia trip for this former DJ, and thank EVERY DAMN STAR IN HEAVEN that the twos at the end was not surprise he s a vampire ETA Review here stillweirdzine 2016 01

    12. Denali on said:

      Rated solely on how many times it made me miss my bus stop A mystery thriller music history cultural commentary story of fan fame romantic obsession A well told story with interesting characters and a great series of revolving points of view held together by a modern day narrator who serves as a great reader surrogate.

    13. the gift on said:

      she knows her era and subculture, though the way the plot unfolds is long, slow, dense, with familiar cliches of the rock and roll lifestyle, with weird chemistry of the band and always, always, the woman who becomes the focus of their dissolution and she is the sole sympathetic character i could have enjoyed it if only half as long definitely, a punk ending.

    14. Manda on said:

      Ex music journo Cathi Unsworth may have written the best crime novel I ve read all year with The Singer It s like Jon Savage s England s Dreaming meets Velvet Goldmine meets Cold Case with a chilling shocker of an ending, and I absolutely could not put it down.

    15. Svein on said:

      A nice noir novel set in Englands punk goth scene in the late 70 s Being into punk rock it was good reading a crime novel set in an enviroment I already know something about, but I would recommend it to all who like crime fiction.

    16. Sophie Carsenat on said:

      I am blown away by Cathi Unsworth Dark, deeply authentic, intense crimewriting I ve just ordered all her books and cannot wait to read them

    17. Reb on said:

      This book is utterly brilliant and I will definitely be buying her other books.

    18. Leigh on said:

      Not even close to being as good as Unsworth s Weirdo book Sort of disappointed since I loved Weirdo.

    19. Madeline on said:

      More like 3.5, it was a good plot and I enjoyed it but a lot of it wasn t well written and the language was kinda repetitive.

    20. John Treanor on said:

      Interesting depiction of the punk rock and post punk era, with some noir thrown in A good read with a great surprise ending.

    21. Nicole on said:

      I enjoyed her book, Weirdo, but found this one somewhat tedious despite a pretty good story Set in punk era.

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