PLAYING FOR CHANGE by Bruce Pollock

PLAYING FOR CHANGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Disco fiction, set (for all it's worth) in Soho, where guitarist/songwriter Webb, eighteen, and some talentless others are trying to get a rock group off the ground--and where pianist Selena, a foxy, flipped-out runaway of fifteen, moves upstairs with the idea that she and Web should make it as a duo (""like the Captain and Tennille""). But it takes an on-stage disaster to blast Webb away from main man Christie's lead, and as for Selena's more personal propositions, she splits for home and suburban mother as soon as Webb stops running away and starts closing in. Webb, then, is left with his songs and his musical promise, knowing that ""the pain would leave him someday, but Selena as his muse could go on forever."" Pollock plays it strictly for the shallow allure of The Scene--to an audience who will go along with both Webb's put-down of the teenyboppers in their Elton John T-shirts and his own choice of an Allman brothers one.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin