Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me

By Martin Millar
(Soft Skull Press, Paperback, 9781593762001, 224pp.)

Publication Date: September 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2008 Indie Notables
“This brilliant, playful, and poignant faux-autobiographical novel tells a tale of raging hormones, as a 15-year-old boy awaits a concert by his rock heroes in 1970s Glasgow. Millar remembers the painful earnestness of being a teenager and conveys the highs and lows of 15 with great charm and wit.”
-- Rich Rennicks, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC


Description

Glasgow, 1972. All the coolest kids in town are lining up for Led Zeppelin tickets. Overhead, a Zeppelin approaches. Its passengers—Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Hank Williams—think it’s worth leaving heaven to see the greatest rock band in the world. Even the fairies are fans. Meanwhile, nerdy Martin and his equally nerdy best friend Greg have overactive imaginations. When they aren’t fighting the monstrous hordes of Xotha, they are competing for the attentions of a popular (read: unattainable) girl named Suzy. She’s not likely to ditch Zed, the hippest boy in the school, for the likes of them, is she? Then again, with Led Zeppelin on the way, it feels like anything can happen. Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me takes readers on a ride through Martin’s angsty and fumbling youth, when Led Zeppelin comes to Glasgow and rocks Martin’s world, and through his angstridden and fumbling adult years, when he learns what can’t be denied: love may break your heart, but Led Zeppelin will never let you down.

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