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Rites of Rock

One Man's Journey through 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll

Eric G. Müller

376 pp.  

Adonis Press


Published:  May 2005


Rites of Rock is the riveting saga of a sensitive musician's initiation into rock and roll and his ultimate struggle to remain true to himself. The novel burns with passion as it explores the most potent musical hybrid—rock in all its variegated forms.

This fast-paced, biographical novel takes us from South Africa through Europe to the U.S., through outrageous rock scenes, romance, and chilling encounters with evil, to new frontiers of musical experience. In the process, it offers an intimate glimpse into the heart of an artist's soul.

A deep breath of fresh air for anyone over eighteen years of age.

“Eric Müller's succulent Jeremiad of rock rings necessary bells. The insidious commercial culture of rock, indubitably megalomaniacal, present and past, is his subject. The author doesn't bandy with religion to make his spiritual points; he goes right to the boss—his own presciently audible inner voice, which never stops pestering his fledgling attempts at self-destruction. Charging at a good clip through a mindscape of devilish villains, sublime goddesses, and the walking dead, he makes it experientially clear that, for a musician, salvation is in the music or nowhere—certainly not in the absurd trappings of success. His observations on the art of music are deeply intuitive and fully educated. This book feels like it just had to be written, and Müller took fifteen years to do so gracefully, poignantly, and with unquestionable sincerity. If this book makes him famous, I reckon he can handle it.” —Robert Hunter, chief lyricist for The Grateful Dead

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