RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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…
It was the mention about music that instantly caught my attention when I read the blurb of this book. Music and books: if that isn’t already an awesome combination, then I don’t know what is.
And music is huge in the story of the lives of Theo and Judah. Theirs is a story of enduring friendship that defies the odds and a journey through life as together they pursue their passion for music. And theirs is not simply a quest to make it big in the music industry as pop icons. They wanted to bring their own, original music to the fore, and this when their misfortunes as collaborators begin.
It was particularly interesting to read the author’s own original compositions weaved into the story. There’s a link to the compositions which you can listen to while reading (or separately listen to, if you’re not the multi-tasking type.) Listening to the music while reading Theo and Judah’s story made me the reading experience more enjoyable and significant.
Misfortunes of T-Funk is a worthwhile read. If you already love music, then this book might easily speak to you. And even if not, Theo and Judah would surely make you appreciate how music can play a part in chasing your dreams.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Stay current on all of his upcoming fiction at SevenElevenStories.com.