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Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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This is Rare: A Novel Set in the Alternative Music World

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.




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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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3 Responses to This is Rare: A Novel Set in the Alternative Music World

  1. Steve says:

    Trying to read Kill Your Friends right now. Is there even one likeable character in it?

  2. Steve says:

    Managed to finish it… somehow. It got worse if anything.
    You see the movie?

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