This panoramic novel about a sixties rock and roll superstar, Byron Jaynes, is set against a vast sweep of the hippie cultural revolution and its clash with the political establishment of the day. Rick Sears is a former Rolling Stone staff writer living on a lake in a remote New Hampshire town. In a chance encounter, he discovers that the legendary Byron Jaynes, thought to have died in the early 1970s, actually lives in extreme seclusion in a nearby farmhouse. The two form a bond of friendship as Byron narrates his story-within-a-story about the tragic rise and fall of his career This was James Howard Kunstlers third novel, published in the early 1980s, some time before he became better known as a social critic and author of the non-fiction books acclaimed The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic. Kunstler himself was a Rolling Stone editor and staff-writer in the magazines then-home office in San Francisco in 1974-75.
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James Howard Kunstler
January 10, 2013
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