Evening's Empire A Novel (Paperback)
|Author: Bill Flanagan|
From the Publisher:
THE YEAR IS 1967.In England, and around the world, rock music is exploding—the Beatles have gone psychedelic, the Stones are singing "Ruby Tuesday," and the summer of love is approaching. For Jack Flynn, a newly minted young solicitor at a conservative firm, the rock world is of little interest—until he is asked to handle the legal affairs of Emerson Cutler, the seductive front man for an up-and-coming group of British boys with a sound that could take them all the way.Thus begins Jack Flynn’s career with the Ravons, a forty-year journey through London in the sixties, Los Angeles in the seventies, New York in the eighties, into Eastern Europe, Africa, and across America, as Flynn tries to manage his clients through the highs of stardom, the has-been doldrums, sellouts, reunions, drug busts, bad marriages, good affairs, and all the temptations, triumphs, and vanities that complicate the businesses of music and friendship.
Spanning the decades and their shifting ideologies, from the wild abandon of the sixties to the cold realities of the twenty-first century, Evening’s Empire is filled with surprising, sharply funny, and perceptive riffs on fame, culture, and world events. A firsthand observer and remarkable storyteller, author Bill Flanagan has created an epic of rock-and-roll history that is also the life story of a generation.
Music writer Bill Flanagan relives over 40 years of rock-and-roll history through the eyes (and various other body parts) of a fictitious band called the Ravons and their ancillary manager. Narrator Jack Flynn threw away a perfectly good career in law after a fateful encounter with up-and-coming rocker Emerson Cutler and his band, beginning a long and sporadically fruitful relationship. After a tantalizing handful of hit singles, Flynn and the Ravons endure a string of disappointments and bad luck--drug charges, an ugly divorce, contract disputes, and multiple ego clashes. Like most great bands, they eventually go their separate ways, enabling Flanagan to chart the wildly divergent paths their post-stardom careers take them and setting up a rewarding climax in the form of a geriatric reunion tour. Flanagan packs every page with intimate details and entertaining anecdotes of the rock lifestyle.