Wordfest presents Glenn Dixon
If you've ever wanted to go on tour with a rock band, you'll definitively want to tune in when Imagine On Air presents Glenn Dixon and his new novel about Bootleg Stardust. The hour-long conversation will start at 7:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut. (The pre-show will begin at 6:50 PM.) This livestream broadcast is free and if you RSVP, we'll send you a reminder on the day of the show, as well as our unique Digital Doggie Bag after the event with extras and links sparked by the conversation.
We are grateful to Simon & Schuster Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with Glenn Dixon.
About Bootleg Stardust
“[A] story that just never stops. It twists and turns, it’s funny, clever, touching, and could only have been conjured by a very good writer who also plays in a rock band. By the end, the novel’s true spirit made me want to clap and cheer and wave a Bic lighter in the air. Bravo!”
— TERRY FALLIS, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
Daisy Jones & the Six meets Nick Hornby in this uplit debut novel about a young musician who auditions for a band and is suddenly catapulted into the wild world of rock and roll stardom, where nothing is quite what it seems.
Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom on your way to the top.
It’s 1974. The music world is rocking with bellbottoms, platform shoes, and lots and lots of drugs. This year’s sensation is an American band called Downtown Exit and their latest album has just gone gold.
For high school dropout Levi Jaxon, things aren’t so great. After bouncing around foster homes for years, he’s living in his best friend’s basement. His dream is to someday be a rock star, but he has a problem—his own band has just broken up.
In an uncanny stroke of luck, Levi lands an audition for Downtown Exit, who are now recording their second album at Abbey Road Studios. He arrives in London and aces his audition, only to learn he’s not really in the band. No, Levi’s job is to sit in the wings and cover for the band’s real guitarist when he inevitably starts tripping on stage.
Levi sticks with it, hoping to step into the role he’s always dreamed of. But he must first navigate egos, jealousies, and deceptions. Frankie, the band’s front man, has it out for him. And Levi has fallen for Ariadne, the band’s photographer. All of them have their secrets, Levi included. And as the band tours through Europe and struggles to finish their new album, Levi comes face to face with unanswered questions from his past and the impossible price that fame demands.
Utterly magical and transporting, Bootleg Stardust is a one-of-a-kind joyride about the power of music to bring people together - and break them apart - and the courage it takes to find your own voice.
About Glenn Dixon
Glenn Dixon is the #1 bestselling author of the memoir Juliet’s Answer. He has played in bands all his life, traveled through more than seventy-five countries, and written for National Geographic, the New York Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and Psychology Today. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught high school English for twenty years. He lives in Calgary with his girlfriend. Follow him on Twitter @Glenn_Dixon.
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- Calgary band, the Barrel Dogs, record real music by a fake band as a soundtrack for author Glenn Dixon’s upcoming novel -The Calgary Herald
- Bootleg Stardust's Downtown Exit -youtube