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Book Title: Eddie and the Cruisers|
The author of the book: P.F. Kluge
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Reader ratings: 7.4
Edition: Kenyon College
Date of issue: April 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780962325021
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.36 MB
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Not unlike certain movies that you know are flawed (including the one made from this book), but you love them all the same, EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS is what film fans would call a “guilty pleasure.” There are a number of over-the-top melodramatic moments and incidents that strain common sense. If I was asked if it was a well-written book, I’d need to answer in the negative. Yet, like a Doc Savage pulp adventure, it was a great deal of fun to read.
I had recently rewatched the movie made from EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS, and I was struck by the number of reviews that referenced, “You should read the book. It’s so much better.” Even so, there were comments citing the extreme melodrama. So, what’s going on here?
For fans of the movie, the book is very different. The core story is there, but there are murders. The “lost album tapes” are extremely different from the movie’s studio recording. Joann Carlino is Eddie’s girlfriend, but is NOT a Cruiser. And Wendell doesn’t die of a drug overdose forcing the need for a replacement Cruiser. Probably the biggest departure of all is Eddie’s reason for the final recording sessions and the ending.
Where the book has a great deal of value is in fleshing out the characters more, providing a much stronger backstory. It also beautifully creates a “you are there” behind-the-scenes feeling for the performances. The “college concert” that was simply nasty in the movie has much more depth here. In short, there is an excellent exploration of creative human emotions and why artistic endeavors can seem so much more larger than life. That is the real gift of the book, EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS.
If you have an interest in 50’s music or the drama of being in an indie band on the rise, this is worthwhile. If you appreciate the scars that can be left by unrealized dreams, EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS has you covered.
You’ll want to see the movie, though. The songs are better.
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Read information about the authorP.F. Kluge attended Kenyon College and the University of Chicago, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps (in Micronesia). He has worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and as an editor at Life magazine. He has written for numerous publications, including Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Smithsonian, and is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. As Writer-in-Residence at Kenyon, Kluge specializes in the reading and writing of American literature. He is a reporter, a writer, and a teacher.
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