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Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star)
by J.P. Grider
Release date: November 18, 2011
Do you remember the days when you thought Rock and Roll would never die? You know, the late eighties and the early 1990's? When Kurt Cobain was still alive, before computers and corporations ran all the radio stations. When screaming fans flocked to see their favorite long hair band perform in front of a wall of amps, as scantily-clad girls would push their way to the front of the stage. Sweaty, smoky and loud…very loud. Tagg Holland remembers those days. Though his long hair is now ratty and unkempt, and those skin tight jeans won't fit on his body anymore.
Now 38, seven years after his fairy-tale marriage crumbled when his wife dies in a tragic car accident, due to a night of drunken indiscretion. Tagg has spiraled into a long bout of self-inflicted depression that has taken a toll on his outward appearance, body size and overall health. The band has been offered an opportunity to get back together, but in his present condition Tagg can barely lift himself up on stage, let alone perform.
His desperate mother hires a personal trainer, to shape him back to his former slim and vital self. Unfortunately getting on a treadmill and cutting out the booze, potato chips and sedentary lifestyle will not occur until Tagg changes his mindset. He must come to terms with the death of his wife, and stop blaming himself, and move forward instead of reminiscing about how everything used to be. The only way he can blaze a new future for himself is with help, the most unlikely help he could have ever imagined.
Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) may be fictional, but the storyline and characters ring true to many of those who lived during, and can remember, the Rock and Roll world that existed back then. That is what kept the pages turning in this fantastic tale of an aging former rock star coming to terms with issues and emotional battles he is ill-equipped to deal with.
The idea of a rock star living to 38 or 40, or beyond, was inconceivable when Tagg and his contemporaries graced the stage back in the late 1980's and early 1990's. In recent years the news of former eighties and nineties rock stars found dead in motel rooms, usually after ingesting large amounts of alcohol and prescription painkillers, is a testament to the struggle these individuals must endure 20 plus years after success has faded.
If you lived the dream that came crashing down around you, this is a must-read novel. If you want to understand the mentality and psychological obstacles that a former rocker must overcome, particularly those who have passed on, this insightful book will give you answers.