“Sex, drugs, & rock & roll…Robert Duncan captures the flavor of the era in this hard to put down novel. Highly recommended!” — GrrlLovesBooks
“A sonic wail of a tale about the youthful beginnings of one of the Mount Rushmore ‘heads’ of rock ‘n’ roll journalism. I loved it.” — Joel Gion of The Brian Jonestown Massacre
“Loudmouth is… majorly compelling—funny, tender, and very, very honest. Read this book immediately if you like truth, drugs, generation gaps, guitars, and lifelong quests for freedom and kicks.” — Craig Finn of The Hold Steady
“Holy hell, the 1970s…If you’re too young to have experienced that decade but find yourself curious about its bombed-out cities, the rise of punk rock and the national ‘malaise,’ you could do much worse than to start with Robert Duncan’s debut novel, ‘Loudmouth.’” — James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle
“Wow. What a great time for me. I could listen to you all day.” — Dennis Miller of the Dennis Miller Option podcast, ex-SNL, on Robert Duncan and his Loudmouth stories.
“I will maintain to my dying day that the single best novel about…rock is the one book by George R.R. Martin that NOBODY’S ever heard of: “The Armageddon Rag.” Having said that, there have been any number that have striven, as book or film or TV series, for second-best. …perhaps the leading contenders are Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and this little tome.” — Enubrius, Vine Voice
“In prose that’s beautiful, when it’s not hilarious, this noisy, nostalgic novel tells how an excitable boy from a darkly conservative family survived childhood and then rock ’n’
roll. It’s a wild ride with some amazing characters — including a few you might recognize — and I’m in awe.” — Jaan Uhelszki, former Creem editor; writer, producer of Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine
“This picaresque, coming-of-age novel, about a boy who looks for answers in rock ‘n’ roll, but finds them in the love of an extraordinary woman, is sad, serious, funny and, in the end, ridiculously moving.” — Sylvie Simmons, NY Times bestselling author, Face It: Debbie Harry; I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
“Music fans of a certain age will revel in the rock names and references that Duncan drops into the narrative in occasional joyous bursts…But the real joy here is Duncan’s prose itself: sharp and witty, with a flair for precisely worded details that wonderfully illustrate scenes and clearly portray characters.” — LibraryThing, early reviewer GHR4
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Nov 17, 2020) — Robert Duncan was barely out of his teens when he gave up singing in bands and started writing for the influential, icon-smashing Creem — “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” — becoming its managing editor at the ripe old age of 22. He went on to contribute to Rolling Stone, Circus, Life, and dozens of other publications. In the process, Duncan became a rock Zelig, sharing tall tales and .45-caliber bullets with a young, scrawny Bruce Springsteen; introducing the Clash’s Mick Jones and Joe Strummer to a broken-down piano player of dubious ability, leading to a hilariously disastrous recording session; working alongside his friend Lester Bangs and discovering the legendary critic dead, at 33, in the apartment next door. These and many other experiences are the fuel for Robert Duncan’s debut novel, LOUDMOUTH, a raucous coming-of-age story, recently published by Three Rooms Press and already under consideration by a major Hollywood producer.
In addition to paperback and ebook, the LOUDMOUTH audiobook, read by the author, a narrator of the Creem documentary, has just been released. Audio Book – https://bit.ly/loudmouthrobertduncan
The novel tells the story of Thomas Ransom, born to a dysfunctional southern family transplanted to New York City. Left to his own devices by neglectful parents, he spends much of his childhood shadowing his older, criminally-inclined half-brother and roaming New York with hard-drinking teenage pals. Tom eventually finds an outlet as the flamboyant singer of a downtown rock band, and later as the young editor of the Detroit-based magazine that invented punk—only to return to New York, at the height of the 1970s bacchanal, and crash. But it isn’t music that saves him. It’s a soft-spoken painter, who turns out to be the most outrageous character of all.
With echoes of Almost Famous and Just Kids, LOUDMOUTH tracks an impassioned musician, writer and incorrigible rebel out among the punks, hippies, and wild geniuses of rock when music was the center of the world.
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LOUDMOUTH: A Novel
by Robert Duncan
NOW IN AUDIOBOOK, READ BY THE AUTHOR.
Also available in paperback and ebook.
Published October, 2020, by Three Rooms Press (threeroomspress.com)
About Robert Duncan
Author of The Noise: Notes from a Rock ‘nʼ Roll Era, Only the Good Die Young: Rock ’n’ Roll Book of the Dead, and Kiss, a satirical biography. He was story consultant, as well as interview subject and voiceover, for the acclaimed recent documentary, “Creem: America’s Only Rock & Roll Magazine,” now streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and all major platforms. He was lead singer, songwriter, and producer for several rock bands, including 3DayBig&Tall. He is anthologized in Springsteen on Springsteen, and Patti Smith gave him a shout-out in her memoir, Year of the Monkey. He is founder of the three-decade-old ad and design agency Duncan Channon and its Tip Records subsidiary. He was born to a transplanted southern family in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but grew up mostly in New York. He currently lives with his wife, the artist and rock photographer Roni Hoffman, outside San Francisco. LOUDMOUTH is his first novel.
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