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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Known Entity: An Unauthorized History by Phil Klahn is a fun read, a narrative that captures the soul and spirit of a band. It opens with a short prologue that explains why some bands disintegrate: "Bands come and bands go. Some fade quietly, eroded by neglect or changing interests. Others are consumed in the fiery flames of clashing egos, personalities, and creative visions." Known Entity explores the journey of a group of childhood friends who belonged to a folk rock band and how their lives were brought together by music. AP, Brody, Mert and other characters look back at the memories. The author explores the conflicts, the fun moments, and the fall outs, but then there is the undying love for music, which might rekindle powerful memories.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book; the writing that is atmospheric, humor that bites, and the characters that are real and that reflect a background that music buffs will love. There is a lot of drama in this book and the drama feels so real as does the conflict. Moments like longtime friends and founding fathers of the band, the lead singer and the lead guitarist, at each other's throats and trading blows on the side of a rural highway are aplenty in the narrative. The humor fills each page of the story and Phil Klahn knows how to translate it into great writing. Known Entity:An Unauthorized History is mesmerizing, a well-written story that is filled with realism and that reveals the challenges of a rock band. I loved it, loved the compelling characters, loved their world, loved the hilarity of their adventures, and the unique voice in which the story is told.