Monday, May 20, 2013

Song of the Slums

By: Richard Harlands
Location: FIC HAR
Genre: Gaslight Fantasy

What if they had invented rock'n roll way back in the 19th century?
What if it could take over the world and change the course of history?

There is something about slums and music, they go together like lamb and mint sauce, so better together. They can go solo but when in the same place- you have perfection. I have hung out in the slums of Africa and India and the music there is soulful, it has heart, it has a message and it is really addictive, it creates the culture of the slum, but maybe it doesn't, maybe the slum creates the music. The slum also acts as a hothouse for the germination of lyrics that can shift cultures and shift politic stands. Music in the slums in Apartheid South Africa was a potent tool, actually weapon against that evil regime.
Anyway the premise of this book is about rock music being invented in the slums in London during Beethoven's era and the radical reformation that brings, it is about music, but it also is about love and survival.

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