Jukebox Loser: An Owners Manual for Idiot Desires Todd Heldt

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Jukebox Loser: An Owners Manual for Idiot Desires by Todd Heldt
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Mark Miller can’t seem to find anything worth believing in. Armed with impossible standards for art, he searches for meaning in the world of pop-culture. Unfortunately, the entanglements of his life and the independent rock scene derail his questMoreMark Miller can’t seem to find anything worth believing in. Armed with impossible standards for art, he searches for meaning in the world of pop-culture. Unfortunately, the entanglements of his life and the independent rock scene derail his quest again and again. Every time he thinks he’s found something deeper than materialism and more artistic than MTV, he is dogged by failure.

One percent of the people who want to be rock stars make it. This is the story of the other 99%.As an overconfident undergrad in Denton, Texas, Mark finds his late-night studying knocked aside by the bass drum of Sound Decision, a college band that sounds like a mid-80s nightmare. Mark tries to get them evicted, but the band members lure him into the local music scene.Mark moves on to graduate school in Memphis, where he lives in a cheap apartment with two musicians in a struggling band called The Raspers. When they are not busy playing un-paying gigs for empty rooms, they search for the ever-elusive dependable drummer, and work on their rock opera about the Rock N’ Roll Messiah.In Chicago, Illinois, Mark falls face first in love with Lizzie Milton, a folk singer who happens to be a lesbian.

Despite hopeless odds, he convinces her to date him and tries to help her launch a successful music career. Mark begins to view himself as the Yoko to Lizzie’s Lennon. But the ballad of Lizzie and Yoko is often drowned out by lifes distractions.This gender-bending, no-holds-barred novel grasps at understanding the narcotic of artistic failure.

What is it that drives people to perform again and again for empty rooms? And what of our narrator, whose obsession with “protecting himself” from the onslaught of mass culture ends up destroying him?



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