A lot of this I didn’t get to grip with what the author was getting at. Some made sense but a lot of the exploits of children seemed far fetched to me.
A NetGalley review for an unbiased review.
Sometimes popular music registers our concerns and anxieties more lucidly than we realise. This is evident in the case of an ideal of childhood innocence in rapid decay in recent decades.
So claims Down with Childhood, as it takes in psychedelia’s preoccupation with rebirth and inner-children, the fascination with juvenilia amidst an ebbing UK rave scene and dozens of nursery rhyme hip-hop choruses spawned by a hit Jay-Z tune.
As it examines the often complex sets of meanings to which the occasional presence of children in pop songs attests, the book pauses at Musical Youth’s ‘Pass the Dutchie’ and other one-hit teen wonders, the career paths of child stars including Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, radical experiments in free jazz, and Black Panther influenced children’s soul groups.
In the process, a novel argument begins to emerge relating the often remarked crisis of childhood to changing experiences of work and play and ultimately, to an ongoing capitalist crisis that underlies them.
A message from the author….
I have to address something with my readers, friends, and fans that is a bit uncomfortable for me. In no way do I want to cast another author in an unflattering light, so that is not my intention with this post. However, I need to clarify something that is starting to become an issue. There is an author using the name Roxy Sinclaire who is writing what looks to be erotica. This is not me, not a version of a pen name for me, and has nothing to do with me. Her author photo is from a stock photo site and, it has been pointed out, that the image looks a little like a (MUCH YOUNGER) version of me, especially with my signature glasses. I don’t know this author and have not read her books or sought her out. I’m afraid that the name willl confuse readers who purchase her books expecting a Roxanne St. Claire book. This post is not a call to action or disparagement of this author’s choice of pen names. I just want my readers to know Roxy Sinclaire IS NOT ME.
I can’t explain this too much without giving away the story but excellent quick read.
The Ghosts of the year – Jo Mazelis
Oh this was an emotional read. Beautifully written again.
Watershed – Rhodri Clark
Only a Welsh person living in the valleys will get the meaning of this story. So true… loved this.
Ten Quid for a Busted Casio – Brian George
A great little story that I could relate too. Never went that far but an unhappy marriage can leave you wanting something else.
Hello – Ken Barlow
Ah didn’t expect the ending but had a neighbour’s music at all hours so I can sympathise with the character.
A sort of homecoming – Tristan Hughes
A melancholy tale but excellently written.
The Point – Deborah Davies
Okay…. from something that starts out sweet? Written great but one of those stories that get to you. I will remember this quick story for awhile.
Love’s Ligature – Dennis Lewis
Another good one of starting again.
Pod – Stevie Davies
Okay not my favourite but as a mother I can relate to the story.
Mysterious Ways – Belinda Bauer
Patchwork – Ruth Joseph
Oh a sad tale.
~ Cover Reveal ~Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer 12th July, 2017
Long before the times of Draupadi and SitaImmortalised in the hymns of the Rig VedaBut largely forgotten to the memory of IndiaIs the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, VishpalaBrought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic ofAshtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of theneighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishirises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needingamputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?About the Author:Saiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keeninterest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing.Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015.Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s firstmentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.
She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal fromTirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Website * Facebook * TwitterThis Cover Reveal is brought to you by Book Review Tours
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