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D.J. Taylor: 'Rock and Roll is Life' Book Launch

June 7, 2018 - 7:30 am - 9:30 am

The directors of Constable Publishing and The Book Hive invite you to the launch of ‘Rock and Roll is Life’ – the new novel from the award-winning, Man Booker short-listed author (and Norwich native!) D. J. Taylor.

Do you remember the Helium Kids? Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s they appeared on Top of the Tops on 27 separate occasions, released five Billboard-certified platinum albums, played sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, and were nearly – but not quite – as big as the Beatles and the Stones.
Taylor’s novel is set three decades later, in a big house on the outskirts of Norwich, where Nick Du Pont is looking back on the rollercoaster years he spent as the Helium Kid’s publicist in a world of licensed excess and lurking tragedy…
‘Rock and Roll is Life’ is a vastly entertaining, picaresque and touching novel inspired by the excess and trajectories of the great ’60s and ’70s supergroups, and of the tales brought back from the front line by a very special breed of Englishmen who made it big in the States as the alchemists and enablers, as well as the old making way for the new in the era of the baby boomers. At its heart is one man’s adventure, and the poignancy of the special relationships that dominate his life.
We called David’s book “a beautifully observed, wide-ranging and wonderful novel” in our recent feature in The Guardian, and we’re very chuffed to be hosting his launch party!
David will be in conversation with Henry (owner of the Book Hive), discussing his book, its themes, music, rock stars, and more.
This event is FREE. Refreshments will be provided. From 6:30pm onwards.
While there is no need to ‘book’, please do ring / email / message to let us know you’re coming as it helps us manage the drinks!


June 7, 2018
7:30 am - 9:30 am


The Book Hive
01603 219268


The Book Hive (Norwich)
53 London Street
Norwich, NR2 1HL United Kingdom
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