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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 liuid dub poetics in the grooves he discovers a world where the scratches of the stylus cut the body a dj's samples are melodies o. 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 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 references to Manchester s music scene in general Just really awesome by the end

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Needle in the Groove

Ssion 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. Jeff Noon uses cut up techniue 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

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F 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 pa. 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 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 genreAll in all this is a book about music and musicians how they come to be and how they often come to end


10 thoughts on “Needle in the Groove

  1. says:

    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 bestStory wise it's a departure from his earlier works seemingly moving away from the

  2. says:

    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 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 a

  3. says:

    I'm not entirely convinced that this book knew what it wanted to be Very broadly speaking texts that earn the hand

  4. says:

    Having read several other of Noon's books I found this one very different but no less enjoyable Instead of creating a whole

  5. says:

    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 tradit

  6. says:

    Wildly inventive music brought to words words transliterated into musical sound If you can imagine such a thing Verbal dubs

  7. says:

    A novel to savior in small doses The layout of the text encourages reading some passages like poetry some like prose some like art Th

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Jeff Noon uses cut up techniue 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

  10. says:

    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