The King of Good Intentions



A Jangly Los Angeles Pop Band Trying To Make The Big Time Is Led By A Somewhat Misanthropic But Well Intentioned Substitute Teacher In This Fresh, Wry Novel As The Narrator Winds His Way Through The Travails Of The Public School System And The Unwieldy Music Scene, His Good Intentions Threaten To Get The Better Of Him And Bring Down All He S Hoped To Achieve In Music, In Love, And In Life.The King of Good Intentions

John Andrew Fredrick is the principal songwriter for indie rock band the black watch who have released 17 CDs to considerable underground acclaim Fredrick received his Ph.D in English from The University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught in The Writing Program at USC, and the English Departments of UCSB, Loyola Marymount University, and Santa Monica College He is an avid tennis player or bum, if you like and can be found on the courts of Los Angeles where he resides at least five times a week.

[Epub] ➢ The King of Good Intentions ➣ John Andrew Fredrick – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The King of Good Intentions
  • John Andrew Fredrick
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 1880985659

10 thoughts on “The King of Good Intentions

  1. says:

    According to the blurb, The King of Good Intentions is set in Los Angeles in the early 90s and chronicles the early days of an indie band as they meet, practice, make their first record, and get their first break big gig Although, really, this is only half the story A picaresque novel if you re one of those people who lives and dies by whether Wikipedia says its true or not, then Wikipedia says this of that a novel that depicts, in realistic and often humorous detail, the adventures of According to the blurb, The King of Good Intentions is set in Los Angeles in the early 90s and chronicles the early days of an indie band as they meet, practice, make their first record, and get their first break big gig Although, really, this is only half the story A picaresque novel if you re one of those people who lives and dies by whether Wikipedia says its true or not, then Wikipedia says this of that a novel that depicts, in realistic and often humorous detail, the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society And what could beroguishly heroic than being an over educated, underemployed struggling rock musician Despite being I gather pretty autobiographical song titles from the fictitious band The Weird Sisters match up with John Andrew Fredrick s actual band, The Black Watch, and the timeline kinda coincides with when TBW s debut album was made the novel isn t primarily concerned with the making of said record No, really, the entire plot is just a framework in order for Fredrick to ruminate of a variety of often tangential topics we get chapter long digressions into teen masturbation, a couple of hilarious chapters taking place in LA parties, and sub plots illustrating the ahem joys of being a substitute high school teacher.All of which, topic wise, is up my alley, so to speak What elevates this particular tome above others of its ilk, though, is Fredrick s dense, wordy and frequently laugh out loud but never LOL prose This is highbrow lowbrow fiction of the highest order.If there s one suggestion read complaint to be made, it s that the context of this novel is even better if you re familiar with Fredrick s oeuvre as frontman for the aforementioned The Black Watch The generally excellent publishing house, Verse Chorus Press, really dropped the ball here including a sampler CD, download code for a greatest hits compilation or at least a few of the songs mentioned in the book, or else a reissue of some of the really early, vinyl only TBW material is really a missed opportunity of the highest order That being said, if your interest is even slightly piqued as to what the fictional music might have sounded like, scour .com s marketplace for a copy of either Flowering, Amphetamines or The King of Good Intentions the album You won t be disappointed

  2. says:

    Imagine if Ignatius Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces post hotdog stand, post pants factory lived in Los Angeles to pursue a dream of being in a band Weed, beer runs, babes, the Goth babes of other bandmates and hilarious caricatures of LA prototypes are all in play in John Andrew Frederick s rich novel of a lovable scoundrel and his pre hipster era meanderings into the limelight and straight to center stage.

  3. says:

    Hysterical A must read.

  4. says:

    A witty, very funny story narrated by a denizen of the early 90s LA indie rock scene, The King of Good Intentions knows its milieu quite well, since its author, John Andrew Fredrick, has led the LA based indie rock band the Black Watch since the late 80s Given that fact, and because the narrator s called John, it s hard not to read this as a bit of a roman clef treble for girl trouble, bass for base intentions inopportunely acted out while our narrator Johnthan once tells us we A witty, very funny story narrated by a denizen of the early 90s LA indie rock scene, The King of Good Intentions knows its milieu quite well, since its author, John Andrew Fredrick, has led the LA based indie rock band the Black Watch since the late 80s Given that fact, and because the narrator s called John, it s hard not to read this as a bit of a roman clef treble for girl trouble, bass for base intentions inopportunely acted out while our narrator Johnthan once tells us we can t trust him and that he is, sometimes, a bit of a dick and he is, sometimes, a bit of a dick Alongside the humor, though, we get some brightly poetic and emotively charged descriptions of the early stages of a love affair Fredrick perfectly cuts a tendency toward the purple and recondite with judiciously placed goofball dude slang and the sorts of confused dumbassery that can sabotage such relationships or one s friendships, or employment, or.My only reservations are that sometimes Fredrick does go on his narrator s in love with his own voice, and just as that narrator s numerous descriptions of any number of lovely women make their feminine deliciousness well up from the page, that voice too is quite charmingeven if, like your raconteur drinking pal whose endless divagations make you forget what the hell he was actually talking about, plot and any character but the narrator get suspended for several pages on end in service of oh say a hilarious story of substitute teaching, or a shaggy dog baseball metaphor that one actually pays off later, though.I m looking forward to reading the sequel, The King of Good Intentions II

  5. says:

    Expressive, Dramatic, Tender, Brutal, Sweet, and Disarmingly Funny A Must Read It s hard to stop reading when the pages run out Can t wait for the second part

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