Originally released August 2004, Wild Side is a fast-paced and gritty rock 'n roll romp, loosely based on some of the author's observations while working in the promotional aspect of the music industry. Due to the closure of the original publisher, the book will be re-released by Whiskey Creek Press in July 2008, including new content and cover art.
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Kelly Carrington has always lived her life on the straight and narrow, never allowing anything to turn her head despite her high profile career as a marketing executive with Impact Music, a Manhattan-based record company representing an impressive catalogue of singers and musicians. But when Kelly realizes that her life is lacking fulfillment and she’s offered the unique opportunity to sing backup with one of Impact’s hard rock bands, Checkered Past, who are set to embark on a North American tour, she throws caution to the wind and ditches everything to discover the excitement she’s been missing. Unfortunately, she is naďve when it comes to anything outside her sheltered and mundane world, so she’s entirely ill prepared when the spotlight is thrust upon her. She falls heavily for the lead singer, a wild man who’s seen and done it all, and suddenly she’s living the self-indulgent life of a star, complete with sex, drugs, booze, and all the frills and thrills that go along with it. All too soon she’s spiraling downward into the abyss of rock and roll, losing herself in her new addictions and the outrageous lifestyle. And to complicate matters, Checkered Past is being stalked by a psychotic fan that is hell-bent on wreaking havoc for the band at every turn. When tragedy strikes, Kelly and the band come face to face with the reality of what they’ve become, and realize they must make a decision as to their fate. The question is…will they be coherent enough to do so after taking a walk on the Wild Side?
Click to listen to the song WILD SIDE by Motley Crue, a source of inspiration from the 80's metal scene.
It was the late 80’s and the music industry was booming. It was awash with a sea of new faces and big changes. Vinyl records were disappearing from the shelves and were quickly being replaced with the compact disc version. Parental Advisory stickers were suddenly making an appearance - plastered across the fronts of CD’s, obliterating the cover beneath, warning buyers of explicit lyrics and sexual content. Record company giants were cutting multi-million dollar deals, acquiring smaller labels, while a slew of new and independent labels were popping up coast to coast, all in an effort to handle the hoard of new vocalists and musicians that were bursting onto the scene. Every genre of music was well represented. Dance and hip-hop groups abounded, breathing new life into the club scene, as female artists with mellifluous voices and twelve octave ranges were flooding the market. Young, harmonized, choreographed boy bands, belting out tear-jerking lyrics of love gone wrong, were popping up faster than the acne on their adolescent faces, and rap musicians were coming out of the woodwork, spawning a new culture. And in the midst of it all, the mind-blowing, ear-splitting, heart-pounding sounds of heavy metal were more popular than ever. Hard-partying, hell-raising ‘hair bands’ were everywhere, dressed in leather, surrounded by scantily clad women, screaming out lyrics of good times and sexual conquests to a hard-driving beat and the screech of their guitars. The money was shameful. The lifestyle was outrageous. It was, quite simply, the “Wild Side”.