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In this astonishing novel Jeff Noon allows the complex rhythms of dance music to infect his language, creating a new kind of writing / liquid dub poetics / in the grooves he discovers a world where the scratches of the stylus cut the body / a dj's samples are melodies of blood / love is a ghost lost in the boom box / and the only remix that really matters is the remix of tIn this astonishing novel Jeff Noon allows the complex rhythms of dance music to infect his language, creating a new kind of writing / liquid dub poetics / in the grooves he discovers a world where the scratches of the stylus cut the body / a dj's samples are melodies of blood / love is a ghost lost in the boom box / and the only remix that really matters is the remix of the heartAfter years of playing bass in lousy two-bit bands, elliot finally gets his big chance / he meets a singer, a dj and a drummer who seem to have everything / passion, talent, hypnotic songs, and a whole new way of funky seduction / but just as their first dance record is climbing the charts, one of the band disappears / Elliot's search for the missing musician becomes a wild, fiercely emotional trip into the dark soul of rhythm....

Title : Needle in the Groove
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ISBN : 9780552999199
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Needle in the Groove Reviews

  • Wendy Chard
    2019-03-01 21:03

    unlike anything / this book made me feel alive / there is a richness and a real spark of genius within its pages / I've found nothing like it beforeNoon is as innovative as he is in-tune with the underlying essence of life / this book made me want to be even more alive than I am part mystery / part eulogy / part miracle / part tragedyread this and then enjoy being young and alive (yes, there are a couple of Morrissey references in there, and even more references to Manchester's music scene in general. Just really awesome by the end)

  • S. Naomi Scott
    2019-03-10 16:33

    Needle In The Groove is the sixth of Jeff Noon's books I've read, and while I admit that I think they're all good books, personally I think this is one of his best.Story-wise it's a departure from his earlier works, seemingly moving away from the literary world(s) of the Vurt-verse, though there are moments within the narrative where I could see the conceptual connections between those earlier works and this one. It's a story about a band, about the music they make, and about how things go wrong when the rock and roll life is lived to excess. It's also a story about discovery and loss, and the plot had me hooked pretty much from start to finish.As well as following the lives and adventures of the four main protagonists, the book also gives a potted history of the Manchester music scene, from skiffle through to modern techno and dance, and it's obvious from the way in which Noon tells this side of the story that he has a genuine passion for and love of music.However, it's the way in which this novel is written that impressed me the most. Perhaps taking a touch of inspiration from music theory Noon has all but done away with punctuation and capitalisation here, breaking down the structure of every paragraph and sentence to short, beat-driven snippets of text more akin to song lyrics that prose. Throughout the book certain lines and paragraphs (verses?) are repeated, but in altered versions of their earlier selves. This is especially noticeable with the various remixes of the band's main hit, Scorched Out For Love, but it also appears more subtly in other places, offering up a sense of familiarity, of something half-remembered, almost like a dance tune heavy on samples might subtly remind you of the songs those samples are taken from.I can see where some readers might find Noon's writing experiments in this novel gimmicky, or pretentious, and make no mistake it does require a certain level of pretentiousness to even consider trying something like this. The thing is, as far as I'm concerned he pulls it off so incredibly well and with so much style and panache that I can easily forgive him his pretensions.This is a book to read if you have a love of music, especially the edgier side of music borne out of Manchester in the last half dozen decades. It's also a book to read if you want to see just how easily the rules of writing can be stretched and twisted without losing the story.

  • Becca
    2019-02-26 16:33

    Having read several other of Noon's books, I found this one very different but no less enjoyable. Instead of creating a whole new imaginary world (as in Vurt etc), this is a tale based around a real Manchester, drawing inspiration from five decades of a genre-spanning music scene, focusing mainly on punk and the death thereof. The book is still touched with fantasy but it is more of a means to an end rather than the main thrust of the book. It is set in our normal world and the fantasy element (I won't give away any details) allows the characters to explore themselves, their music and the past. It is written in, what I find to be, an amazing style, though I can see how some people might struggle with it. There is little punctuation/ the phrases instead being separated by slashes/ these give the book a sort of digital feel/ and at the same time/ the feeling of reading inside someone's head/ their thoughts put straight down on paper/ instead of being thought over and tidied up first. See what I mean? The book is full of music and the descriptions of songs blew my mind, particularly when King Crimson happened to come on the radio while I was reading. After a chapter where, perhaps, the band meet up to rehearse, there will be a page long chapter 'describing' ('writing' or 'telling' might be better verbs here) the song itself in beautiful, exploding, starbursts streaming over the riffs, poetry that I think can only be fully appreciated by someone who really appreciates music, whatever your chosen genre.All in all, this is a book about music and musicians; how they come to be and how they often come to end.

  • Jason Weaver
    2019-02-27 21:19

    Written in chunks between slashes, images splilling over each other spaced out like a lyric sheet. The novel uses one unexplained sci-fi concept which is really just a device to get to delving into the poetry and explore the ties between music, history and family. Felt like an early MTV (back when they played music and was worth watching) being victim to William S. Burroughs' editing experiments. If you're looking for a traditional narrative, don't pick this up. If you love modern music and want your brain stretched, pick it up.

  • Marc Nash
    2019-03-12 21:28

    Wildly inventive, music brought to words, words transliterated into musical sound. If you can imagine such a thing! Verbal dubs, reverb and remixes all dance across the pages. The plot is a bit weak, Noon's usual obsessions with trying to recapture a girl long lost but preserved in an aching heart. The history of generational repeated behaviour is just a bit soap operatic for my taste, but I just lay back and let the word vive infuse my whole body.

  • Neil Dewhurst
    2019-03-06 16:24

    The style, a stark lyrical stream of consciousness, works far better than I feared it would. It both sets and suits the mood, and captures the perfect atmosphere for the first half of Needle In The Groove. But then the plot (such as there is one) starts to take over, and its like waking from a dream before you were done: the spell is broken.

  • Roz Baynham
    2019-02-19 21:15

    Jeff Noon uses cut-up technique / makes it an interesting read / fast-paced, aggressive, captivating at times / occasionally a bit frustrating / captures voice well / good sense of rhythm through language / thus reflecting dance music / good for fans of Manchester music scene / name checks many musical heroes / plot is reminiscent of Vurt / worth a spin.

  • Christian Crowley
    2019-02-18 18:26

    A novel to savior in small doses. The layout of the text encourages reading some passages like poetry, some like prose, some like art. The musical timberline from skiffle through punk and new wave to down tempo and groove makes a fine backdrop for a gritty story of longing and discovery. I suspect this is the experience my English teachers wanted me to get from The Catcher in the Rye.

  • Michael Elsey
    2019-02-20 22:16

    i love jeff noon. he writes with a complete lack of fear and without rules. every time i finish one of his novels (even one i have previously read) i want to go and write something myself. if you can motivate me then you must be doing something right

  • Georgina Mason
    2019-02-24 20:27

    Vurt and pollen are still best but another great fiction story based on our a latest social evolutions!!

  • Katie
    2019-03-07 21:31

    probably my favorite one of all

  • Ian White
    2019-02-20 17:29

    Impressive, but quite a difficult read, due to the experimental chopped-up language, and unconventional punctuation. Still very atmospheric, if considerably less enjoyable than Falling Out of Cars.

  • Genevieve
    2019-03-16 16:23

    "if music were a drug would you take it" Hell yes!

  • Cazzie
    2019-02-25 20:15

    Trippy, stoner-riffic, phychadelic account of a band trying to make it big in the mid ninties. Crazy.

  • Ian
    2019-02-27 21:09

    I really struggled to get into this book, so much so that I gave up on it. I thought I would enjoy as I had loved previous works by this author, particularly Vurt.Might venture back one day

  • Dace
    2019-02-26 18:08

    Ak vai.Es mēģināšu atsauksmi, bet man pazuda valoda. Ir tikai apturēta sirds un mutuļojošas emocijas.

  • Anubhav
    2019-02-21 22:33

    plot similar to Nymphomation

  • thomas
    2019-03-06 00:09

    it was a cheap book. yet to finish.