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 Post subject: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:18 am 
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DJ Sleepy posted an article about this novel written by Matthew Spektor. The book is set in Columbus in 1986 and is told by an unnamed narrator as he pursues a mythical Ohio band called the Lords of Oblivion.

http://www.agitreader.com/news/that_summertime_sound.html

MTV Press has put it out and it looks like they've spent some cash to promote it. Here you'll find excerpts from the book read by folks you might recognize:

http://thatsummertimesound.com


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:55 pm 
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"All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental."

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:43 pm 
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I also wrote another article for the Other Paper that has some other quotes from the author: http://www.theotherpaper.com/articles/2 ... 230263.txt

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:02 pm 
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damn, hope they make a movie, so that we can license some great plains tunes to them.
but who should play ron house/gary hauser?
i vote for denzel, because i can't think of any movie he's in that sucks.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:07 pm 
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I think Ron House would be perfect for the role of Ron House. I think I have his dance moves down, if there's an audition, though.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:08 pm 
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Does this book have a Donald Oil & The Billionaires in it?


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:28 pm 
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one of my best friends aunt is the lover interest in that book.
true story.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:07 am 
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Just found out that the author will be coming to the Wexner the first week of November to do a reading. Very cool.


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:46 am 
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I just wonder if the book itself is any good, aside from the "hey, I've been to that place!"-factor.

I've read some pretty bad novels about rock.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:18 am 
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mcgob wrote:
I just wonder if the book itself is any good, aside from the "hey, I've been to that place!"-factor.

I've read some pretty bad novels about rock.


Listen to the excerpts at thatsummertimesound.com. That might help you decide. Spektor's writing seems pretty good from what I heard on the site, but for me it always comes down to whether I care about the characters or not. The excerpts aren't long enough for me to make that judgement.


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:52 pm 
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As much as I would love for you all to shop at The Wexner Center Store, I have to say the book was a serious disappointment for me.

The silly part about the name changes mentioned earlier is that he mentions lots of other real, non-central ohio places/bands by name. Also, he used one cbus person's real name. She is a marginal character at best in the book, so why that one?

Also, there are at least two downright errors which I (not a professional editor) caught: The hairiest member of the Addams family's name is misspelled; Kitten with a Whip is wrongly attributed to Russ Meyer.

As far as writing quality: he compares carvings in a wooden bar to braille (which would the opposite of carving, wouldn't it?) and describes somebody crazy as being a spoon (or some piece of silverware) short of a dinette set. A dinette set is the FURNITURE.

In addition, there's no plot to speak of. And he tries to create suspense/tension/a sense of wonder by deliberately omitting the narrator's name. I was not a bit intrigued by this device.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Maybe I am nitpicky because I think I could do a better job.

I read an online interview in which Specktor says that in real life, his father is a Hollywood agent. I wonder if GP, JI, etc. are his clients?

Anyway... buy it at The Wex if you must buy it.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:09 pm 
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mcgob wrote:

I've read some pretty bad novels about rock.



i re-read our noise and geniuses of crack this past winter. i have no idea why i still think of them favorably, as they are still completely horrible.

they also feature the 'why is this made-up and not that?' factor; my favorite is the superdrag single that's said to be on drag-ola records. darla would have been fine i'm sure.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:07 pm 
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reading/signing @ wex

http://www.wexarts.org/learn/?eventid=4229

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:08 pm 
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J. Mascis said "Coshocton". :!: http://thatsummertimesound.com/

I hope there's not a young blonde on the make.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:31 pm 
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Jackson wrote:
J. Mascis said "Coshocton". :!: http://thatsummertimesound.com/

I hope there's not a young blonde on the make.


Well, there are all sorts of genders with all sorts of hair colors on the make, but if it's any consolation, I don't recall a character name rhyming with your name...and believe me, the character names are so poorly disguised (see Biscuit's review) that I'm sure that's the route the author would have gone.

I've just about finished the book now, and I have to say that the stuff the author does well, he does REAL well. The passage on the Boys From Nowhere/Lords of Oblivion practicing in Coshocton is one of the best descriptions of a cool band experience I've read in quite some time.

And while the narrator of the book hates Great Plains, he really really REALLY hates the RC Mob. Whoa.


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:01 am 
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samchecker wrote:

And while the narrator of the book hates Great Plains, he really really REALLY hates the RC Mob. Whoa.


That settles it for me... not reading it. I love, love, LOVED the Mob. It's sitting on my coffee table right now. I read the excerpts on-line and they really didn't do it for me.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:11 pm 
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http://www.wexarts.org/bks/?eventid=4229

Next week! Here's your chance to buy the book, meet Specktor and ask him what the hell he was thinking.

I will be there. Word has it that several folks who have freakishly similar names to the book's characters will also be in attendance.

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:13 pm 
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Oh, wait: week after next!

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:45 pm 
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I'm really looking forward to meeting Matthew on Wednesday; he attended a few of the concerts during the mid-'80s that Curt Schieber and I promoted but never introduced himself to me. So far, the only people I know of who dislike That Summertime Sound happen to not be in it. Coincidence?????!

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:18 pm 
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Biscuit wrote:
http://www.wexarts.org/bks/?eventid=4229

Next week! Here's your chance to buy the book, meet Specktor and ask him what the hell he was thinking.

I will be there. Word has it that several folks who have freakishly similar names to the book's characters will also be in attendance.


Think advance tix will be necessary?


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:14 pm 
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Not good for sales if only those of us in the book like it. I won't be there. I'm working the door at the Blewport that night.


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:45 pm 
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Not good for sales if only those of us in the book like it. I won't be there. I'm working the door at the Blewport that night.


Wex link above says -- "Free to all audiences." I can't decide if I should go, or if it would be a complete waste of time. Are we allowed to heckle?

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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:27 pm 
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Heckling is encouraged. Especially if Mixx Divvvvens tries to pick up a guitar.


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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:59 pm 
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Not good for sales if only those of us in the book like it. I won't be there. I'm working the door at the Blewport that night.



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 Post subject: Re: That Summertime Sound
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:58 pm 
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From today's Columbus Dispatch:

http://dispatch.com/live/content/life/s ... ml?sid=101


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