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Raised in a violent, unreconstructed Southern family, Thomas Ransom was not the first of his generation to imagine rock & roll as a way out. But he took it to the extreme, becoming an outrageous singer and, at 21, editor of the magazine that invented punk — before crashing in 1970s New York.

Still, it isn’t music that saves him. It’s a soft-spoken painter, who turns out to be the most outrageous character of all. Tom’s memoir-like story recounts adventures with both the famous (Springsteen, Clash, Stones, Lester Bangs) and the luminously obscure.

And music is just the start. With echoes of Almost Famous and Just Kids, LOUDMOUTH is a novel about growing up while falling down. The debut novel of Robert Duncan, a former editor of the legendary Creem magazine, LOUDMOUTH tracks an impassioned wannabe out among the hippies, punks, and wild geniuses of rock when music was the center of the world.

LOUDMOUTH: A Novel, by Robert Duncan; Trade Paper Original; 266 pages; ISBN: 978-1-941110-92-2; $15; October 6, 2020


 

Photo by Roni Hoffman

About the Author

At 22, Robert Duncan was managing editor of the legendary Creem magazine, working in Detroit alongside his friend Lester Bangs. He has contributed to Rolling Stone, Circus, Life, and dozens of other popular publications. He was lead singer, songwriter, and producer for several rock bands, including 3DayBig&Tall. He is author of The Noise: Notes from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Era; Kiss, a tongue-in-cheek biography; and Only the Good Die Young, a collection of profiles of dead rock stars. He was story consultant and interview subject for the documentary, Creem: America’s Only Rock & Roll Magazine, which premiered at SXSW in 2019. He is anthologized in Springsteen on Springsteen and Patti Smith gave him a shout-out in her memoir, Year of the Monkey. His poetry has been published in several issues of Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art (Three Rooms Press). He is founder of the advertising and design firm Duncan Channon and its Tip Records subsidiary. He was raised in a Southern family displaced to New York City and now lives with his wife, the artist and rock photographer Roni Hoffman, near San Francisco. LOUDMOUTH is his first novel.

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