1968 Vietnam Social turmoil Drugs Music.Four young musicians are determined to escape a ravaged industrial landscape by playing rock and rolld they play it with a passion and brilliance that contrasts with their poverty Music is the only hope they have.Set against a fleeting age when music seemed about to change the world, Robert Paston s The Hour of the Innocent1968 Vietnam Social turmoil Drugs Music.Four young musicians are determined to escape a ravaged industrial landscape by playing rock and rolld they play it with a passion and brilliance that contrasts with their poverty Music is the only hope they have.Set against a fleeting age when music seemed about to change the world, Robert Paston s The Hour of the Innocents tells the story of the band known as The Innocents and captures the true drama of the late 1960s not the glitter of famous names, but the yearning of the heartland guitarists and drummers who believed and the lovers, friends, and lives crushed along the way.
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The Hour of the Innocents Vietnam Social turmoil Drugs Music Four young musicians are determined to escape a ravaged industrial landscape by playing rock and rolld they play it with a passion and brilliance that contrasts
I received an advanced reading copy of this from Forge Books via the ' First-Reads Giveaway program.I was hot and cold with this novel, though mostly warm.I love anything to do with late-60s/early-70s rock. It's my favourite time for music. I'm also a sucker for any novel (or non-fiction, for that matter) that digs into band dynamics, especially with an up-and-coming band.So, this was a novel tailor-made for my reading pleasure. And mostly, it delivered. The era, the lower-class town, just waiti [...]
*Note: The rating I gave is 4 stars because it had to be in whole numbers but I felt like this book was more of a 4.5 star read.I received this book as a ' First Read and I want to thank the author for giving me a chance to read this novel. The Hour of the Innocents is a historical fiction with a literary twist. The book is told from the perspective of Will, aka Bark, and follows the rise and fall of a band called The Innocents during the turmoil of the 1960s. Will may be the protagonist but in [...]
The Hour of the Innocents is the story of Will and the band The Innocents and their desire to make it in a moment where music was having a major role in history. It's a story about many things, you have friendship, growing up, family, post-war life and so much more.I liked the portrayal of the era, you can feel the sixties in the air and the author created a story that really reflects the moment. I also liked the songs, I wanted to listen to them and really hear how they sound.I didn't like the [...]
Just didn't do it for me though I'm not sure why. It should have ticked all my boxes: music, time period, East Coast, working class,etc. But it felt hollow to me. Factor in that I had the flu while reading!
I received an advanced reading copy of this from Forge Books via the ' First-Reads Giveaway program.I ignorantly assumed that the Tor and Forge imprints of Macmillan were both for science fiction and fantasy, exclusively. The Hour of the Innocents then came as a surprise as I made my way into the novel and realized this wasn’t the case. Yet, this unmet expectation may have actually enhanced my enjoyment and appreciation of the novel because that was the only real unexpected element in this rea [...]
At risk of plagiarizing myself, I copied my Sept. 2015 review (w/minor edits): I’m generally skeptical about rock & roll books, especially novels. It’s a myth-laden avenue of culture that’s all too easy for an author to fake. It’s possible to do a creditable job of “exposing” the myth, but such tomes usually base themselves on the worn out touchstones of a generation that sold itself out, and whose main contribution to popular music is the equally worn out “Classic Rock” gen [...]
It’s 1968, the Vietnam War era. A local Pennsylvania band is trying to make it big. Frankie the charismatic lead singer and bass player, Stosh the drummer and money handler, Mattie the dynamic lead guitar player and Vietnam vet and Will the song writer and guitar player. This is a well-written, character driven novel that manages to capture a small period in our history. The story is told in Will’s voice and it works well because Will is the outsider of the band, the last one to join who was [...]
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I flat out liked this book. This book was different for me. The book is set during Vietnam when the music scene was changing in America. The book centers around the characters that make up the band "The Innocents". I found myself not getting attached to any one character as much as I found myself attached to the band. But the band had to have each person to make their magic, that story is really well done. I can't wait to [...]
I really liked this book. The author does a good job of recreating the era. The characters are interesting though somewhat predictable. The story is a little predictable as well, but the author tells it in such a convincing way that it doesn't matter. The musical descriptions actually had me reminiscing my garage band days. Readers may complain of some story threads that aren't fully explored, but it makes sense in the context of the story. This book may not be for everyone, but I think anyone w [...]
I enjoyed this book. It was set near my hometown too. I enjoyed reading about the area and the story was a good one as well. It was an eye opening experience about friendships and trying to make something of ones self. It was very well written and a fun book to read, but the ending was both surprising and very sad. It was a good coming of age book. I hope to read more by this author in the future!
Thanks to NetGalley and Forge books for a free advance download of The Hour of the Innocents. I enjoyed The Hour of the Innocents. This novel is set in Pennsylvania during the Vietnam War era. The author covers the music and drug culture well enough, and crooked law enforcement in Appalachia, too. The poetry throughout is a nice addition. I don't know that it had enough redeeming value to give it more than three stars, but I would recommend this one to my music-loving reader friends.
I liked this book but it was a little disappointing to me. I had different expectations I think. I really don't know what my expectations were but whenever I gave them up I enjoyed the book more.
This was a fun read; a trip back to the 60s with dreams of making it big in rock & roll.