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A Visit from Jennifer Egan

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Musical pauses, mysterious PowerPoint slides, and an aging record producer are at the core of a novel called A Visit From the Goon Squad. Today: author Jennifer Egan talks about her time-bending book. Plus: We take a look at essential rock fiction. And: alto saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green share their new album, Apex.


Jennifer Egan and Rudresh Mahanthappa

Essential Rock Fiction

This week, Soundcheck has hosted some great writers of rock fiction. This made us wonder - what makes a great rock novel? How to convincingly portray characters who are, in many cases, stranger than fiction? Michael Schaub, managing editor of Bookslut and book critic for NPR, joins us to break down the genre. He also shares his Top 5 rock fiction reads.

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Jennifer Egan: Exploring Music and Time

Jennifer Egan is an award winning journalist and writer whose latest novel, A Visit From The Goon Squad, is full of music and musicians. It’s not rock fiction, per se, but its pages hum with song. She joins us to talk about weaving music into a narrative -- and what she’s learned about the history of pauses in rock songs.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green

Before he moved to New York, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa carved out his own musical path in Chicago jazz clubs. He sought out advice from a local legend, the alto player Bunky Green. After a 15-year break, the two friends performed on stage in Chicago's Millennium Park in 2009. Today, they join us to share their new album, Apex.


Writing About Rock

What makes a great rock novel? Same thing that makes a great novel.

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