From Blue to Black by Joel Lane

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"A dark, precise insinuating novel that rewrites pop history into something like a perfect wish come disconcertingly true."—Dennis Cooper

In the early 1990s, a band called ‘Triangle’ is a cult item on the post-punk music scene. Karl is the brilliant but troubled vocalist, haunted by past violence and present danger, torn between chasing fame and desiring oblivion, between men and women, music and silence. As the band makes waves with the obligatory alcohol, sex and blurred reality, Karl starts to fall apart. Based on the life of Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, From Blue to Black is a passionate novel about rock music and its world.

Born in 1963, Joel Lane lives in Birmingham, England. He is a prize-winning poet.


About Joel Lane

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Brought up in Birmingham, England, Joel Lane is a graduate of Cambridge University. He won an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry in 1993. His first novel, From Blue to Black, was published to critical acclaim in 2001.
Published October 1, 2001 by Serpent's Tail. 224 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Blue Mask by Joel Lane 224pp, Serpent's Tail, £10 This is in part a political novel, its narrative hinging on that fleeting moment of euphoria when Labour swept to power in the spring of 1997.

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From Blue to Black Joel Lane Serpent's Tail, £10, 215pp Buy it at BOL "You can't explain to a metal fan why Nirvana are real and Iron Maiden aren't," says a character in Joel Lane's raw novel.

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British writer Lane's haunting, angst-ridden debut novel is composed of a pair of intertwining tales, one about a bass player named David Pelsall who joins a rock band called Triangle in the midst of the thriving early '90s gothic band scene in England, the other narrating Pelsall's problematic r...

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