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Hard Core Logo [Paperback]

Michael Turner
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Jan. 1 1999
Note: This edition is no longer available; new edition: ISBN 9781551523415.

Hard Core Logo is an epistolary novel that portrays a punk rock band reunited for one last shot at glory.

Adapting a scrapbook approach, consisting of monologues, conversations, letters, interviews, photographs, and related paraphernalia (including posters, invoices and contracts), Hard Core Logo tells the story of Joe Dick, an unrepentant, true-blue punk rocker, whose no-holds-barred approach to music was severely undermined by the breakup of his band, Hard Core Logo, done in by changing times and fortunes. However, when he and the band are asked by a longtime fan to reunited for an environmental benefit, his passions are once again stirred, and he convinces his bandmates to turn the one-time reunion into an actual tour.

The book provides a fascinating, warts-and-all glimpse into the life and times of a rock band, and the dichotomy between the grim realities of life on the road, and the rock'n'roll spirit that inspired them in the first place.

Hard Core Logo was made into a feature film by director Bruce McDonald, debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996 to rave reviews.

There is also a "tribute" to Hard Core Logo CD from BMG and Hard Core Logo has also been adapted for radio; a stage version will debut in Vancouver in 2010.


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"Turner's clear observations and dark wit illuminate real-life rock 'n' roll more forcefully than any number of celebrity bios ever could"
The Georgia Straight

So authentic that it practically gives off feedback.
-NOW

"A bitterly enjoyable and humorously hard-edged insider's look into the music industry—a rollicking glimpse between the liner notes."
Toronto Star

About the Author

Michael Turner's first book, Company Town, was nominated for the 1992 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. His second book, the novel Hard Core Logo, was made into an acclaimed feature film, for which Michael received a Genie Award for his contribution to the movie's soundtrack. His screenplay-cum-novel, American Whiskey Bar, was produced as a live television special on CityTV in 1998. In 2000 he received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for The Pornographer's Poem. His lat


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY!!! Dec 10 2002
Format:Paperback
I had seen the movie Hard Core Logo years ago when it first premiered here in Canada, but never picked up the book until a friend recommended it to me. He read it in one sitting and told me I wouldn't be able to put it down. Well, I took it to work with me and finished it before the shift ended! This is the most amazingly written book I have ever read.
Hard Core Logo is the story of a punk band on one last tour trying to regain not only the glory of their past days atop the Punk Genre, but also to rekindle the flame they used to have for the business, and get paid as well.
What makes this book so interesting is that it is written in verse, telling the story through poems, song lyrics, answering machine messages, letters and the diary of Ox, the bands neurotic bass player.
The characters, the setting and the entire story is laid out just by the spoken and written words of the band members. You don't need any more explanation beyond what is given to you. It may sound strange, but no book has ever grabbed me the way this one did! You just have to read it to understand how different and how good it really is!
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3.0 out of 5 stars good June 9 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i was pleased by the good condition. prompt delivery. fair price. nice addition to my collection but wish I'd had a quick glance online of book contents, since there's not much content evident after a quick glance of received item. regardless, thank-you for your service
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Intriguing Jan. 26 2005
Format:Paperback
I read this book for a creative writing class, and it was WAY better than I thought it would be! It's a realistic approach to seeing how music works and what goes behind it. A very engaging, and often hilarious read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY!!! Dec 10 2002
By Mat Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had seen the movie Hard Core Logo years ago when it first premiered here in Canada, but never picked up the book until a friend recommended it to me. He read it in one sitting and told me I wouldn't be able to put it down. Well, I took it to work with me and finished it before the shift ended! This is the most amazingly written book I have ever read.
Hard Core Logo is the story of a punk band on one last tour trying to regain not only the glory of their past days atop the Punk Genre, but also to rekindle the flame they used to have for the business, and get paid as well.
What makes this book so interesting is that it is written in verse, telling the story through poems, song lyrics, answering machine messages, letters and the diary of Ox, the bands neurotic bass player.
The characters, the setting and the entire story is laid out just by the spoken and written words of the band members. You don't need any more explanation beyond what is given to you. It may sound strange, but no book has ever grabbed me the way this one did! You just have to read it to understand how different and how good it really is!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Core Disappointment June 21 2000
By Jeffrey Gandell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It seems like Hard Core Logo is an example of a book that was not quiet as good as the film that was made out of it. Perhaps I expected too much upon seeing the excellent film first, but I can't help but be disappointed with the book. It's novel in verse format is clever, although skimpy. I feel that Turner had a great story to tell, but left out all the best parts. The characters are underdeveloped and the whole story feels empty and unfulfilling. It is a very short book (it took me about three times as long to watch the movie than read the book), and while this is not necessarily a bad thing, I felt that there had to be more in this book to make it work. A great idea, a great basis for a movie, this book is a bit too hollow to be thoroughly enjoyed. Check out American Whisky bar instead, it's way better and a great book in itself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Core Logo Review April 10 2007
By V. E. Pushchak - Published on Amazon.com
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about the behind the scene antics of rock bands on the road. It is very amusing and you can really picture all these things happening while the band is trying to get back together etc. The characters are really fresh and make you feel like you are a part of the crowd.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Intriguing Jan. 27 2005
By Constance Stinople - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book for a creative writing class, and it was WAY better than I thought it would be! It's a realistic approach to seeing how music works and what goes behind it. A very engaging, and often hilarious read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A witty and brutally honest view of the music business/ July 23 2004
By Sassy boo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I originally heard of this book because one of the characters(so far my favourite)is one of my favourtie bands namesake:Billy Tallent.(except the band's name is spelt minus one L).The book is mainly about the band Hard Core Logo that made it big as a seminal punk bad back in the late 70's. It starts off with the lead singer,Joe Dick, (yes that is his name) telling us how the band got started and ended. The band broke up mutually but exagerated it into a story of spite for eachother in oder to "fit the mold". The band, towards the end of their carreer, were also said to have sold out, and I don't mean selling all their tickets for a show. about 10 years later the four men that made up the band find their lives in a rut. Joe's a druggie, Billy's(guitarist) a drunk, John(bassist) was depressed and is lonely, and Pipefitter(drummer) is a poor garbage man. Their lives start to go back to the old days though after they get a call to do a benefit/reunion gig for some enviromental thing. Afterwards they decided to do a tour and their crazy hellish rock and roll days suddenly return...but is it for the best? Anywho back to the review: The characters are at times hateable and likeable but most importantly believable(in this kinda setting). The format in which the book is written is unique but it times confusing and side tracks, however the book and concept are clearly well-thought out and this makes for a really interesting read if your into this kinda stuff. All in all, very awesome.
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