“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” — Samuel Johnson
My first novel, The Experiment, is now published. It represents a lifetime of intensive research into the history of rock music, in which I devoured autobiographies, music histories, documentaries, interviews, and a deep and wide catalog of music.
One reviewer called it “a deeply provocative alternate look at the 1960s.” It is historical fiction and allegorical fantasy that traces the evolution of rock, and unveils the voodoo that gives this music a special power.
It is a musical novel because music is an essential part of it, adding another dimension of irony and commentary to the story. The iBook edition is itself an experiment: On an iPad or iPhone, you can tap links to listen to over 300 songs while reading. Playlists in iTunes and Spotify are provided on the book’s web page for those who read the printed or Kindle editions.
It is also a novel that plays well in the internet age, aware that readers will search for the people, places, events, facts, conspiracies, and other secrets referenced in the novel.
My hope is that musicians and people nostalgic for the Sixties will like it. Please read it and tell me what you think. Write a review on the Apple or Amazon site, and give it a rating. I truly appreciate the effort.