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Book review: Kill the Music


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The Deal: Author Michael Plumides writes his story about the creation and demise of Charlotte's 4808 Club.

The Good: Plumides offers his view into the creation of the club and includes stories involving a number of bands such as Jane's Addiction, L.A. Guns and GWAR. It's the final show with GWAR that led to the closing of the club, and Plumides offers his view of the situation as it unfolded. He takes the reader inside his college life and follows it up to Charlotte and some of the behind-the-scenes stories of the time.

The Bad: There were a few places I stumbled for a missing word or poor editing – for example, the Nine Inch Nails song is entitled, "Closer," not "Fuck You Like an Animal." While a lot of the stories involving bands are interesting, some of them are irrelevant and come across as simple name-dropping. Plumides also likes to squeeze in mentions of random sexual encounters whenever he can. The author does come off as arrogant in the book, but at least he includes quotes from other people having that same opinion. Some more depth into the inner workings and events could have given the story a little more insight instead of assuming everyone knows the details. I also wondered what he's been doing for the last 18 years.

The Verdict: It's an entertaining read that gives a look into some of the behind-the-scenes workings of the 4808 Club. Those who were around and attended the shows are more likely to find something to relate to.


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