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The Armageddon Rag Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has traveled far from his radical roots in the s until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back As Sandy sets out to inv

  • Title: The Armageddon Rag
  • Author: George R.R. Martin
  • ISBN: 9780671475260
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Armageddon Rag By George R.R. Martin, Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has traveled far from his radical roots in the 60s until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back As Sandy sets out to investigate the crime, he finds himself on a magical mystery tour of the pent up passions of his generation For a new messiah has resurrected the once legendary rock band NazgOnetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has traveled far from his radical roots in the 60s until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back As Sandy sets out to investigate the crime, he finds himself on a magical mystery tour of the pent up passions of his generation For a new messiah has resurrected the once legendary rock band Nazg l but with an apocalyptic new beat that is a requiem of demonism, mind control, and death only Sandy may be able to change in time

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    1. George RR Martin was rising up the ranks in sf f and horror in the early 80s, winning awards left and right Coming off his critically acclaimed Sandkings collection and the highly successful historical vampire thriller, Fevre Dream, Martin s publisher rightfully pushed The Armageddon Rag as the next big thing Only no one bought it, and as a result the emotionally crushed author left the world of fiction writing to become a Hollywood screenwriter instead.At the time, this was Martin s most ambiti [...]

    2. This is very important book for my relationship with mr Martin When Song of Ice and Fire started to get published in my country Croatia I was in a phase when I wanted to boycott all US products, because of US attack on whatever country US was attacking at that time.At that point, major question for me was shall I buy this Game of Thrones book by this US writer, or shall I boycott it as any other US product Fortunately, I have previously read Armageddon Rag and I ve decided that the man who wrote [...]

    3. Did you know George R.R Martin wrote novels before A Game of Thrones Yes, it s true And you can read them On paper, even The Armageddon Rag is a 1980s tale of a journalist turned novelist recapturing the zeitgeist of the 1970s music scene Spurred by a mysterious, sacrificial killing of a music promoter, Sandy Blair discovers that there might be to it Someone has a plan to reunite the band Nazg l particularly troubling since its lead singer is dead.Sandy leaves the adult world of responsibility [...]

    4. Youth, anger, and rock and roll three things with the power of magic, especially for those of us who were young in the sixties In this combination murder mystery and road trip novel, Martin evokes that vividly, and then ponders where it all went.The opening swiftly sets the scene as the hippie generation swelled into student protest in the late sixties, the rock band called Nazg l became the voice of a generation Their rise to fame peaked on September 20th, 1971, at an enormous outdoor concert i [...]

    5. I read this book at the urging of a number of people, since I write a lot of music infused SFF and this was a rock n roll fantasy novel It gets a solid three stars Very readable, cinematic even Martin does write music well, and this hits some fine creepy notes It s an interesting look at the 60s and 70s from the not very far out early 80s That said, I found the portrayals of women frustrating.

    6. Writers usually have a few stories that bounce around in their heads for years Some of them eventually make it to the page, while others just circulate and create occasional moodiness or anxiety behind the scenes As a bonafide, ex commune hippie politically, a real man the barricades kind of guy, vague feelings of guilt over how I, and my generation, seem to have lost the ideals that seemed so important back then have been circulating for years I want to sincerely thank George Martin for this bo [...]

    7. I wanted to love this book In fact, I did love it, except for the ending There are so many things about it that are just fantastic The music, for instance Even though you can t actually hear it, you can You know what it would sound like it if it were real The Nazgul themselves, sort of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles are wrapped up into one super group The Tolkien influences The hints of darkness and the imagery of the end and even the Yeats stuff.But it just didn t come together fo [...]

    8. I really wanted to enjoy this one than I did.I love Martin s work Don t get me wrong, I do not have the most extensive Martin collection, but I have read a decent number Sadly, however, this one makes the cut as my least favourite George R R Martin book Such a thing really disappoints me as I d been sure that it would win me over in the end.Alas, this book was made up of moments where I was really enjoying it and moments where I just wanted the whole thing to be over To make matters worse, ther [...]

    9. Okokokok, I love me some George RR Martin, but this book is severely lacking It is by far the worst I ve read from him and in it he accomplishes something I never thought could be possible he writes some very one dimensional characters The story is a gigantic leap from the song of ice and fire world and isn t as cleverly crafted as the fevre dream world The characters in this book are unlikable and stale The main protagonist is a close minded, hippie, doucebag journalist who is obsessed with his [...]

    10. It s rare that I hate a protagonist this much He s emblematic of that my 60s generation was the best generation, man sort of guy Today s music sucks, our music was REAL ROCK Just listen to the lyrics, man He s the type prone to baby boomer self aggrandizement, but without anything to actually show for it On one level, it seems like Martin is critiquing this 60s Golden Age type, but on another level I think we re supposed to buy into his impotent angst and perhaps nod along in approval to his sta [...]

    11. The Armageddon Rag is probably the most unusual novel Martin has written If you look at his development as a writer up to the 1980s one can only wonder what might have happened if he had continued to write novels The fragment of Black and White and Red All Over that Martin published as part of the collection Quartet Four Tales from the Crossroads 2001 , shows that he was well on his way to delivering another very good and very different novel One of the good things about the enormous success of [...]

    12. You d think that mixing GRR Martin and detective novels, which are one of my favorite genres, would be a good thing Sadly it didn t work out In my case because this book is Stephen King put it The best novel concerning the American pop music culture of the sixties I ve ever read and my knowledge and appreciation of pop culture any aspect of it, is practically nil It s wildly different from the other fantasy stories that Martin wrote, with parts of it feeling weirdly biographical Mostly though, I [...]

    13. This is very important book for my relationship with mr Martin When Song of Ice and Fire started to get published in my country Croatia I was in a phase when I wanted to boycott all US products, because of US attack on whatever country US was attacking at that time.At that point, major question for me was shall I buy this Game of Thrones book by this US writer, or shall I boycott it as any other US product Fortunately, I have previously read Armageddon Rag and I ve decided that the man who wrote [...]

    14. The place names are pure music legend Woodstock,Altamont,Monterey,West MesaWest Mesa It is Sept 20, 1971 The Nazgul, premier rock group of the 1960s, are performing on West Mesa near Albuquerque in front of 60,000 fans when a high powered rifle bullet rips out the life of Patrick Henry Hobbit Hobbins, the Nazgul s lead singer He dies instantly, and the 60s die with him The Armageddon Rag begins 10 years or so later, in the decade foreshadowed by Orwell The three surviving Nazgul have long since [...]

    15. Martin refers to The Armageddon Rag as the book that almost ended his career, and after reading it, I can sort of see why The Armageddon Rag is a complicated book, equal parts ode to and condemnation of the sixties and the Baby Boomers, with a healthy dose of fantasy and horror thrown in It s a tough book to pin down, both genre wise and attitude wise, and I think a lot of people would find something like this confusing Also, if you are a Baby Boomer, this book will probably make you mad Martin [...]

    16. The Armageddon Rag Or, Old Man Martin Yells at Those Kids to Get Off His Lawn is a pretty good book once you get past the bitter out of touch quality the narrator and hero brings to the story I m all for celebrating the 60s but when your former radical journalist everyman starts sincerely grumbling about the green haired teenyboppers running around these days there s a huge problem At times the whole book threatens to be subsumed by musty waves of regressive sentiment.Sandy Blair gets a call fro [...]

    17. This was my first George R R Martin book Like, you know, completely written by him, not him together with Gardner Dozois And it was quite good I might not really be an expert in 60 s music or hippie movement, but this actually made me wish the Nazgul screw the thingies on top of the letters, meh, too tired were a real band They sounded so goddamn _interesting_ 60 s rock might not exactly be my cup of tea, for the most part, but I wished for a soundtrack of it to go with this.I started this book [...]

    18. Novela que va de m s a menos, con buenas ideas que se vienen abajo con un final lejos de las expectativas creadas Lo mejor viene por la reconstrucci n con un toque sobrenatural de la vida de una macro banda reunida tras una d cada de separaci n, y c mo Martin indaga en qu pas con el esp ritu contracultural de los 60 Sin llegar a integrar del todo ambos aspectos pero siendo efectivo Sin embargo la novela encalla en su ltimo tercio cuando llega el momento de construir su cl max Martin no sabe muy [...]

    19. GRRM has a real nice style It isn t frilly or anything but it s engaging and homeboy strings together the occasional poetic sentiment line It deals real honestly with the sense of detachment that so many flower children Boomers felt in the early 80s The book sometimes shows its age it came out in 83 but we all have cracks.

    20. Amazing Scrisa pentru iubitorii de rock, m a uns pe suflet nu stiam de ea, a fost cea mai frumoasa surpriza a anului.

    21. Like a lot of folks, I wasn t quite sure what I was reading when I started Armageddon Rag I had just finished Fevre Dream by Martin, and the quicker pace of Fevre Dream through me off a bit to start since I started reading Armageddon Rag the same day that I finished Fevre Dream As I got deeper into Rag, I got accustomed to the pace The story definitely took time to develop, and I grew impatient a few times I had problems identifying with a lot of characters, but I m chalking that up to me also n [...]

    22. This is the first time I ve read this book since it was released in paperback, the first time The book is not science fiction and it s barely fantasy There are definitely elements of the horror genre I wouldn t call it a mystery or a thriller though it contains both elements I think my favourite thing about this book is the descriptive language You can almost see the dreams and visions he describes, and you will quail Powerful words give the reader some of the best writing on rock music and conc [...]

    23. This hardback re issue of George R.R Martin s 1983 novel The Armageddon Rag is strikingly eye catching The storyline is similarly grabbing Compared to Fevre Dream and A Song of Ice and Fire , this book s fantasy elements are very toned down Instead, this book examines the power of rock music in our culture Sandy Blair is a struggling writer journalist hired to investigate the murder of a very rich rock promoter, most famous for making the Nazgul a world renowned band.The novel gradually progress [...]

    24. Such a weird book I thought this would be a murder mystery mixed with some good rock music And it was, for about 1 3 of the story It was scary and interesting and hard to put down.2 3 was about music And it was great I loved every single description of Nazgul on the stage, of concerts and songs it was so real that I felt like I was right there, singing with the crowd Those parts were just brilliant and I enjoyed them very, very much For some reason, I think that Ragin would be my favorite song L [...]

    25. Originally published in 1983, The Armageddon Rag was reissued in paperback by Gollanz in 2013 when George RR Martin s books had become worth their weight in gold, thanks to the Game of Thrones TV series.Rag is a modern murder mystery which journalist Sandy Blair investigates at the request of a former colleague who now runs the magazine Sandy once helmed Setting aside his stalled novel, Sandy sets out on the trail of a story that links the present murder to events that happened 10 years earlier, [...]

    26. I loved this novel, and the author this is the first time I ve ready his work, and I was addicted from the very beginning All day long, I couldn t wait to get back to it, and find out what happened next And as a child of the 60 s, I have to say the tone and FEEL of this novel was SPOT ON.Constantly while reading, scenes played out in my head like I was watching a movie Novels like this are few and far between, and I was addicted to the sound of the characters and their lives, and their voices, t [...]

    27. Pe la jum tatea c r ii am oprit muzica Nu se mai putea Din carte bubuiau tobe, scheunau chitare, pufneau cutremure, porneau avalan e, mi se r scoleau paginile ntre degete, Pat Hobbins, albinosul rockstar, mi cresta mprejurul cu vocea lui din alt lume de mi s ngerau urechile Mi am b gat degetele n urechi i nu, de fapt nu mi s ngerau, dar a a mi le sim eam, probabil c erau prea excitate Chiar am ascultat muzic dintr o carte p n mi s au umezit urechile de pl cere Da i ochii i ei Spre final am nceti [...]

    28. This book turned out to be quite different to how I thought it would be.At first I thought it was going to be a murder mystery but it wasn t really.Then I thought it would be a story about a band but it wasn t really that either.Eventually it became clear that it s a story about the 60 s and about a certain guy named Sandy and his friends.So basically if you re going into this book because it s GRRM you like Game of Thrones, it s probably not really for you because it is utterly different The wr [...]

    29. As I was wondering through my home town s shopping centre, this book happen to catch my eye, the paperback version which I found had the eye of mordor on the front cover, being a fan of Tolkien, that peaked my interest As you read this review, please be aware that, unlike others who have read this, nostalgia did not effect the impact of this book, as I was born in 1995 The idea was interesting, a book about sex, drugs and rock and roll, with some paranormal aspects and Tolkien references The par [...]

    30. 2 5 emileereads blog 2018 1 29 It pains me to say this because GRRM is one of my all time favorite authors, butI didn t care for this At all By the time I got to the last third of the novel I was just trying to hurry up and finish it I think maybe someone who came of age in the 60 s would really enjoy it, or at least appreciate all the references I did get some of the musical references but much of it was over my head I got the impression from this that Martin missed his youth and the feeling of [...]

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