Friday, 30 August 2013

Jim Bob and Howard Male discuss rock stars in fiction

Saturday October 12th. 2.30pm at The Karamel Club
++please note change of venue (and time).++

Jim Bob knows a thing or two about music. One half of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, the band had 12 top 40 singles, 4 top ten albums (including a number one) and Jim Bob played over 800 gigs all over the world as lead singer of the band.
He's produced nine albums and continues to tour as a solo artist. A recent Carter reunion saw the band sell out Brixton and Birmingham Academy, playing to over 8,000 fans over two night. 
Not only that, but Jim Bob has written two novels. The first, "Storage Stories" described as a darkly comic rollercoaster ride full of thrills, spills and warm sick on the back of the neck. A fictional autobiographical novel and collection of short stories told in words and pictures that, if nothing else, finally solves the mystery of what happened to all the missing boybands. 
His second novel "Driving Jarvis Ham" describes the unconventional friendship of a relentless fame seeker (Jarvis) and his long suffering friend, who somehow manages to put up with his irritating, unbearable behaviour (highly recommended).

 Howard Male was born in Cambridge,just in time to have glam rock change his life. He’s been a painter, a musician and in more recent years a music and arts critic for UK publications The Independent on Sunday, The Arts Desk, Songlines and the now sadly defunct The Word . He lives in deepest South London with his wife Marcia and their cat Karnak. 
He's recently published his first novel, Etc Etc Amen . He describes it as "either an airport novel with ideas above its station or a literary novel that's perhaps having a bit too much fun for its own good." It's a murder mystery of sorts, and centres around Zachary Bekele, a glam rock star, whose ideas for a new religion are taken on and quickly turn into a cult called KUUism. Based over two time periods, one at the height of his Glam Rock fame and the other, many years after his death, it's a cleverly constructed, very funny, thought provoking novel. I loved it. 

Jim Bob and Howard will be discussing music, fiction, nostalgia and probably a lot more besides. We might even persuade Jim Bob to bring his guitar too. 

Goodnight Jim Bob; on the road with Carter USM, Jim Bob's autobiography will also be available to purchase at the festival, along with his and Howard's novels.

Tickets cost £3 and are available here

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