There a few good novels–and I mean straight fiction–set within the music industry (Kill Your Friends, Powder, High Fidelity, White Tears, Evening’s Empire to name but a few) but they’re still rare enough that when a new one gets released, it immediately goes on my Amazon wishlist.
Cecilia’s World is described as “a novel about alternative music” written by Serge Timmers, the founder and chief editor of Merchants of Air webzine. Here’s the summary:
Because of her father’s job in a major bank, Cecilia and her family have been moving many times. Now, a few months before her seventeenth birthday, she once again finds herself in a completely new environment, an apartment on the eleventh floor, overlooking the big city.
On her first day in her new school she meets her music theory teacher Johan. He and her other new friends gradually initiate the girl into the widespread world of alternative music. But as times are troubled and political games are being played, Cecilia learns more than she had ever before.
‘Cecilia’s World’ is a novel about alternative music, with many bands and styles being mentioned. It explains an important part of music history, even with the use of a certain piece of vegetable. However, the novel is also about the world we live in, about fear and – perhaps most important – about love.
Could have promise. Here’s a trailer.