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Revival: A Folk Music Novel

By Scott Alarick, Scott Alarik

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Format: Paperback, 328 pages
Published In: United States, 01 September 2011
Revival is a novel that celebrates America's renewed passion for folk music and singer-songwriters. Charismatic songwriter Nathan Warren lost his chance at stardom years ago. Kit Palmer is young, beautiful, and explosively gifted, but can she keep from falling apart on stage? They travel the Boston folk scene as lovers and artists, through basement coffeehouses and funky jams, rowdy open mikes and grand concert halls, seeking stardom for one and redemption for the other.

About the Author

Scott Alarik covered folk music in the Boston Globe for over 20 years. Pete Seeger calls him one of the best writers in America, and the Library Journal called his first book, Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground, an essential primer of the continuing folk revival. Alarik is also a singer-songwriter who toured the national folk circuit and performed regularly on A Prairie Home Companion."

Reviews

Review Author: Alison Brown, Grammy-winning musician and Compass Records founderReview Content: . . highly entertaining and informative glimpse into the inner workings of the business of folk music. Review Author: Dar Williams, songwriter Review Content: The finest folk writer in the country. Review Author: Mark Moss, EditorReview Source: Sing Out! The Folk Music MagazineReview Date: Review Content: A terrific, cathartic, hard-to-put-down read. Review Author: Tom Paxton, songwriter, authorReview Content: Wow a moving story set in the modern trenches of the urban folk music world where tradition meets ambition and sometimes spawns lasting art... beautifully painted I recommend it very highly. Review Author: Catie Curtis, singer-songwriterReview Content: . . . characters so believable that you want to go hear them in concert. Review Author: Don White, songwriter, humorist, authorReview Content: I didn t read this book, I devoured it Review Author: David Tamulevich, music manager-agent, The Roots AgencyReview Content: Behind the scenes look at the musician s life and work from someone as knowledgeable as anyone about the modern folk world. Alarik is the PERFECT person to write this book! Review Author: Matt Smith, manager, Club Passim Review Content: You don t need to know anything about folk music to feel that you are part of what s happening and to love the story and characters. Truly an outstanding first novel. Behind the scenes look at the musician s life and work from someone as knowledgeable as anyone about the modern folk world. Alarik is the PERFECT person to write this book!" - David Tamulevich, music manager-agent, The Roots Agency "I didn t read this book, I devoured it . "--Don White, songwriter, humorist, author "A terrific, cathartic, hard-to-put-down read." - Mark Moss, Editor, Sing Out! The Folk Music Magazine "characters so believable that you want to go hear them in concert."--Catie Curtis, singer-songwriter "The finest folk writer in the country."-- Dar Williams, songwriter "highly entertaining and informative glimpse into the inner workings of the business of folk music." --Alison Brown, Grammy-winning musician and Compass Records founder Wow a moving story set in the modern trenches of the urban folk music world where tradition meets ambition and sometimes spawns lasting art... beautifully painted I recommend it very highly." -Tom Paxton, songwriter, author From the moment I picked up Revival, I couldn't put it down. I relished every page and didn't want the narrative to end. It's a beautifully told and totally believable love story wrapped around the inner workings of the Folk Music business. From the open mikes of Cambridge, MA, to the soul-crushing machine behind the popular folk song on the radio, it's all in there. Scott knows the main streets and back roads of the folk musician's journey better than almost anyone, he's lived it, watched it, and reported on it his whole life. I highly recommend this book, it's a great read. - Mary Gauthier, singer-songwriter, (8/3/2011) "Wow a moving story set in the modern trenches of the urban folk music world where tradition meets ambition and sometimes spawns lasting art... beautifully painted I recommend it very highly." -Tom Paxton, songwriter, author "Revival captures the heart of the singer/songwriter scene with this story of love, ambition, and artistic integrity. The characters are so believable that you want to go hear them in concert after reading the book. Clearly written by someone in the know, Revival allows the good, the bad and the ugly elements of the folksinger s experience to be witnessed without glossing over anything." Catie Curtis, singer-songwriter) "Compelling... broad appeal... a behind the scenes look at the musician s life and work from someone as knowledgeable as anyone about the modern folk world... Alarik is the PERFECT person to write this book.... I have a strong feeling that many, many artists would get behind this book, and that many, many of their fans would as well." David Tamulevich, music manager-agent, The Roots Agency "Scott Alarik has done such a masterful job capturing the New England folk scene that, months after finishing the book, I still find myself wondering about the fate of the characters. Revival is a highly entertaining and informative glimpse into the inner workings of the business of folk music. I highly recommend it." Alison Brown, Grammy-winning musician and Compass Records founder "If I wanted to make someone understand why folk music has been my own greatest passion, I d be likely to hand them a copy of Revival.... Readers who love listening to folk music... will enjoy how the story pulls them into that fascinating world. Those of us already immersed in that world will... be inspired by Scott s eloquent description of why folk music moves his characters and him, and us so deeply." Bob Blackman, host of The Folk Tradition, WKAR Radio, E. Lansing, MI "The finest folk writer in the country." Dar Williams, songwriter "I didn t read this book, I devoured it... thrilled to see that each character was masterfully developed, with the subtlety and complexity that real people deserve... parts of this book are very funny.... When I travel around the folk world today, I am constantly reminded of characters I met in Revival.... For those outside the community, it s as good an introduction as I ve ever seen." Don White, songwriter, humorist, author "You don t need to know anything about folk music to feel that you are part of what s happening and to love the story and characters. Truly an outstanding first novel." Matt Smith, manager, Club Passim "A terrific read for anyone who likes a good story and an essential read for anyone who cares about or wants to understand today s folk music scene." -Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots/Folk Branches, September 13, 2011 Talented, respected folksinger and songwriter Nathan Warren was well on the way to stardom when a contract dispute reversed his trajectory and with it any notions of commercial success. He now lives quietly in Cambridge, Massachusetts, spending his time at a local bar and folksinger hangout, Dooley s, managing its talent night and nursing pints of root beer. There he meets very young, very talented musician Kit Palmer, whose debilitating stage fright threatens to railroad her career. As their relationship develops, Nathan works to support Kit, acting as mentor and eventually lover, encouraging her to conquer her nerves. Kit in turn brings a long-lost joy back into Nathan s life, reminding him of his early days and his deep love for folk music and inspiring him to recapture his zest for music and living. Revival is a quiet, contemplative novel that, though at times slow moving, succinctly examines people reexamining themselves and finding the courage to move forward. It is also a fascinating introduction to folk music and a joyous celebration of folk musicians and their world.--Carol Gladstein "Booklist, 07/22/11 "" Winner, IBPABenjamin Franklin Silver Award for Popular Fiction" Booklist" Performing Songwriter Magazine" Penguin Eggs: Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine" NPR, Celtic Sojourn" "A joyous celebration of folk musicians and their world."-- "Booklist" "A wonderful window into the world of folk music, the dreams of an artist, and a reminder that what we want and what we need are rarely the same thing. A beautiful novel."-- "Performing Songwriter Magazine" A gripping novel...it would be a very indifferent reader who doesn't become emotionally involved.-- "Penguin Eggs: Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine" The story is timeless as it expertly weaves through the characters' emotional labyrinth of talent, ambition, promise, and disappointment.--Brian O'Donovan "NPR, Celtic Sojourn" "The story is timeless as it expertly weaves through the characters' emotional labyrinth of talent, ambition, promise, and disappointment." --Brian O'Donovan, NPR, Celtic Sojourn "A gripping novel...it would be a very indifferent reader who doesn't become emotionally involved." --Penguin Eggs: Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine "A gripping novel it would be a very indifferent reader who doesn't become emotionally involved." Penguin Eggs: Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine" A wonderful window into the world of folk music, the dreams of an artist, and a reminder that what we want and what we need are rarely the same thing. A beautiful novel. Performing Songwriter Magazine" A joyous celebration of folk musicians and their world. Booklist"

EAN: 9781931807913
ISBN: 1931807914
Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher
Dimensions: 25.5 x 18.03 x 1.98 centimeters (0.67 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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