MISFORTUNES OF T-FUNK A FUNNY, HONEST LOOK INTO THE LIFE OF MUSICIANS
Author Barnaby Hazen highlights contemporary fiction with musical tracks embedded directly into the pages of his novel!
TAOS, N.M. — April 2017 — Misfortunes of T-Funk (Apr. 1, 2017) follows two musicians who refuse to quit. The contemporary fiction release from Barnaby Hazen also embeds his own musical tracks directly into the chapters of the novel to further immerse readers into the story.
Trying desperately to find an audience for their hard-edged “grunge” music, Theo and Judah are childhood friends who enroll in an unusual college called The University of Jazz and Music Technology. Attracted at first by the means within the school to professionally record their own original music, the two friends eagerly embark on what could be a lifelong journey – but the endeavor has an alternate effect.
It’s something the author knows all too well, as Hazen pulls directly from his personal experience in music. “I must admit,” said Hazen, “I’m having a lot more fun putting fictional characters through such hardship than I had on my own.”
The author’s decision to incorporate his original music into the chapters of Misfortunes of T-Funk is an excellent compliment to the story. Each of the four recordings are placed at significant moments in Theo and Judah’s story sometimes in direct relation, other times as an ironic side trail, but always intentionally to enhance the reader’s journey through the book.
Hazen’s storytelling style is influenced by Henry Miller, as well as Russian authors Fyodor Dostoevsky and Vladimir Nabokov – in particular, Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading. “It’s fearlessly, unapologetically ‘outside’ as we say in jazz,” said Hazen. “But the alienation, absurdism and disassociation rang a chord when I read it that triggered something in me – a realization about there being no rules when you have a voice and something to say.”
Hazen is an author, editor and musician, and regularly contributes to the education-based journal The Bud Hawthorne Revue. In 2015, he debuted a full-length collection of nine-strange tales on convenience store fiction in Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories.
Misfortunes of T-Funk
~Released: April 1st, 2017
~Length: 146 Pages
~Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Comedy
An ensemble sets off on a dark comedy of errors and uncertain conclusions, featuring original music throughout the story.
Theo and Judah, two childhood friends, are trying desperately to find an audience for their hard-edged, “grunge” music as they move past their twenties and feel the need to establish careers. Together, they enroll in an unusual college, called The University of Jazz and Music Technology.
Attracted at first by the means within the school to professionally record their own original music, the two friends embark on what could be a lifelong journey. But the endeavor has an alternate effect, as Theo begins to question his musical efforts with Judah.
Entanglements with co-eds quickly complicate matters. Theo and Judah hit as many rough spots as any amateur band may find along the way, including a disastrous mini-tour of the northwest during spring break. Little do they know, the misfortunes have just begun…
Barnaby Hazen is an author, editor and musician. Driven strongly by collaboration, it seems natural his first venture into writing began with a friend. Seven Eleven Stories periodical took shape in 2014 and just one year later, Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories debuted with a full-length collection featuring nine strange tales on convenience store fiction.
In 2017, Misfortunes of T-Funk, the first in a series, pulls directly from Hazen’s own life in music. Having been a lifelong, dedicated listener, teacher and performer, his latest novel incorporates his self-recorded and produced musical tracks directly into the chapters of his new novel. Hazen’s music illuminates his main characters and further elaborates on the story, creating a unique and personal soundtrack for readers of the book.
Having spent years as an educator, Barnaby’s time as an elementary school music teacher particularly inspired him to become involved with The Bud Hawthorne Revue. He writes and edits the publication, along with Mr. Hawthorne himself, and is eager to continue offering contributions to literary culture given his unique perspective on writing.
Hazen lives in Taos, New Mexico with his wife Sarah and their adorably troublesome pets.
If you love reading and music, you’d be crazy not to give this book a shot.
The mix of dark, somewhat twisted humor and the always entertaining aspect of a musician’s life come together in this book to create something wonderful. With the music added in, it kicks up the reading experience a notch, settling in somewhere new and fresh.
When I first learned this novel had music embedded in the pages, I knew it was something I had to experience. Considering I enjoy dark humor and most anything with realistic fiction and music, there was a rather slim chance I’d dislike this story. The author’s location in Taos, NM added another level of curiosity for me, as I live close to there, and enjoy supporting local authors, adding to the hope it was a novel I would love. It didn’t disappoint, and I’m inspired by it’s multiple layers of creativity.
The writing is realistic, and did pull me into the lives of Theo and Judah. It was easy to feel as though I was friends with them, and knew them personally. Their waves of challenges and struggles were natural, and would probably be relatable to any struggling artist attempting to cope in the modern world – especially if that art is off-beat and different.
I loved every layer of this book, and plan to read it several more times. Reading about a couple of guys struggling to do what they are passionate about is inspiring, as I struggle to do the same. I would recommend this novel to anyone, and hope to see more novels like this in the future – it’s an area of literature that could turn into something fantastic.
*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author via Roger Charlie, to read & listen to in exchange for an honest review.
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