One of the most impressive attributes about the author Mark Lages is that while you think you are reading an intriguing story about the life of one of his amazing characters by the end of his books you realize that he has made you think about your own life and decisions and compromises you have made throughout your own life. Scowl is no exception to this author s ability Scowl is a rock and roll superstar guitarist We learn his life story through interviews he does with one particular reporter Ralph Bonaparte I found this technique of guiding us through Scowl s life by reading the reporter s interviews with him to be very original and believable In fact, as I read the book I was reminded of the many interviews Dave Marsh has conducted with Bruce Springsteen and how he is considered the go to expert on Springsteens care Four and a half stars Enjoyable and thought provoking, Mr Lages novel bogs down a bit and occasionally suffers from a heavy writer s hand, but not to the detriment of the reader s pleasure I d caution against reading this novel too closely with MY REMARKABLE LITTLE MONKEY since the temptation to think of Scowl as a singing Shakespeare is strong. Especially enjoyable for me was Scowl s late in life rumination on the importance of forgiveness, something we as a culture seem to do poorly. Book Offers A Lifetime Of Interviews With The Pop Music Phenom Known To The World As Scowl They Were Conducted By Longtime Confidante And Journalist, Ralph Bonaparte The Interviews Begin In , Right After One Of Scowl S Early Rock N Roll Concerts In Los Angeles, And They End In , Just Prior To One Of His Sold Out Retrospective Shows In Las Vegas These Vibrant And Compelling Interviews Cover Scowl S Entire Remarkable Æ read ä Scowl by Mark Lages Æ Life From His Exuberant Years As A Young Man To His Thoughtful Years As An Adult They Reveal The Heart And Soul Of A Talented, Beloved, And Flawed American Entertainer Who, Like The Rest Of Us, Learned As He Lived Scowl is an amazing book It s the biography of a man who lived life in the spotlight He made some good choices and some bad choices Scowl was just a person. Also, by the end of the first chapter, I was a little afraid I wouldn t be able to read it all the way through because Bonaparte asks Scowl, outright, if he is a Christian Scowl answered that he was raised as a Christian At first, I kept expecting to read how horrible Scowl was at being a Christian Didn t happen Scowl is a man living in the time and world he was given Just an ordinary man who happened to have some talent people paid him for He got to do a lot of interesting things because of his talent You just gotta read it That s all I can say without giving away the good stuff. Having said that, I m sending my copy to one of my daughters, and buying 5copies one for ea Î Scowl Ø I can t figure out how Mark Lages comes up with such fun ideas for his books None are ever the same and yet they are all really great adventures This book tells the story of a rock star as told by the man he has do all his interviews You will root for Scowl as he experiences the ups and downs of stardom A fast, easy fun read. I was originally contacted by the author for a request to review in providing an honest account of what I ve read and I m so glad he reached out as I accepted the request immediately without a moments hesitation. This book will make you forget that it s truly a work of fiction as it s so reality driven, so thoughtful, so thorough in its concepts and ideas, so believable in the interviews that I truly never read anything quite like this before and it was truly captivating. It begins with a brief intro into the life and times of a famous pop rock musician in the late 50 s known as Scowl. Scowl is quite the character coming across as both moody, harsh, abrasive, and yet brutally honest. He s the type of fella that feels women swoon all over him yet he has such a hard decision in who to choose for his own personal liking and needs. He s married with kids and ultimately di The basis for the story is a young reporter Ralph Bonaparte gets selected by a young rising star musician Scowl to do exclusive interviews with him These interviews cover over 5 decades from 1957 to 2001 The interviews turn into a deep look inside Scowl including his success, troubles, insight and a deep look at things we all face in our lives Things we wish we would have done, things we wish we did not do This story has a depth to it that Mark Lages produces so well The book makes you think and reflect on your own life and experiences I found myself pausing often to take in what Scowl had learned from his life experiences and apply them to my own life This book is not just a fluffy read but a deep and motivating read I enjoyed it from start to finish and Oh my goodness one of the best books I have read in a very long time Thank you friend for the awesome read Love, love this book I think it was in the house all of 3 days when I finished it A total cant put it down type of book.
I really didn t know what to expect when I started reading this, but apart from me starting out slightly bemused and enjoying a trip down history s lane, I was simply tempted to start supplying my own knowledge of David Bowie and the Beatles and Elvis and the Beach Boys and maybe a little Pink Floyd and ride the nostalgic music wave. This is written as a series of interviews revolving a fictitious musician breaking the scene in 1957 and giving us fantastic glimpses of his life until 2001, but apart from that, it s not just about the music It s about Art It s about Life And not to make too fine a point about it, it s about doing the best you can and doing the best you can with it It s about making mistakes, owning up to them, being honest, and being good The Fame is a side issue. Here s the skinny I m kinda surprised how much this book hit me He kinda start A marvelous read of lives we learn to care for and events we relate to Events that lead the main character to profound insights through life, love and tragedy.