Rise and fall of a rock star--seemingly written after a marathon screening of every clichÉd film and TV treatment of the...

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Rise and fall of a rock star--seemingly written after a marathon screening of every clichÉd film and TV treatment of the subject. ""She had come from the hot plains of West Texas to the air-conditioned towers of New York--come through light years on sheer tenacity and raw talent."" And so goes the press-release prose as Ronnie Garrik, born about '52, suffers from humble beginnings (boozy Pa, deserting Ma); discovers sex; runs off to Amarillo and becomes the vocalist for Paul Stokey's Roughriders on the road (""Hot flesh, hot music, and hot tempers""); gets her heart broken by gorgeous pianist/composer Zach in Denver--and therefore gets all cold, cocaine-y, and ambitious (""She would come first. Her voice. Her talent. Her song""). In Memphis, then, comes the big break: Elvis himself hears Ronnie sing, they talk all night platonically (she ""felt as if they had laid the foundation of a new and complex friendship"")--and Elvis recommends Ronnie to Jade Gustave, the bisexual talent-finder who brings her to record mogul John Lloyd Talbot, who passes her on to reclusive super-producer Kyle Hersch. Success and sex follow--but ""it was not as if they were making love, it was sudden, upright fornication."" So Ronnie moves on to old-flame Zach and playboy senator Jimmy Conrad--it ""was not love. . . It was slam bang fornication""--before the downfall of Talbot (drugs/payola) helps to bring on Ronnie's own pills/booze collapse. Finally, however: resurrection with true love (Kyle) and a great part in Kyle's ridiculously implausible new Broadway opera. From corny start to predictable finish--amateur pulp.

Pub Date: March 14, 1982

ISBN: N/A

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Publisher: St. Martin's

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1982