Leftover People

A Journey Through Post-Rock & Roll America

Non-Fiction - Memoir
210 Pages
Reviewed on 02/23/2015
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Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite

Leftover People is the sequel to No Sleep 'til Sudbury and captures the zeitgeist of the road trip Canadian author Brent Jensen takes to unleash his first book upon an unwary US public. He has an unlikely accomplice and guide in Christopher Long, a native from the other side of the US-Canadian border, who is himself the author of another type of rock memoir. The two could not be more different. Whereas Jensen's rock music formed the symbiotic soundtrack of a small town existence and his involvement with his heroes was strictly a vicarious, long distance affair, Long spent his years partying hard and mopping up after members of the glam metal band Poison before finding the Lord. But the Pink Chief, as Jensen dubs his travelling partner, based on his somewhat eccentric choice of attire and accessories, is no regular Bible-basher and the shared adventure becomes the basis for a mutual game of verbal sparring and some random spot reviews of the one thing they share - a passionate love for rock music.

It is a long road from Toronto to Melbourne, Florida, and the journey that began in cyber space concludes in the Pink Chief's hometown with warm, fuzzy feelings all round. Brent Jensen has a knack for finding and sharing those events and moments that characterize an experience in general. He chronicles the joint book tour in a way that makes everyday encounters appear meaningful and entertaining, capturing all the smooth cruising and speed bumps with a voice that seems a true and distinctive reflection of his personality. Lovers of rock music will relate strongly to the content. An unexpected but effective ingredient added to the social mix is Flem, Jensen's semi-crazed drinking partner from younger days, and occasionally he becomes the medium upon which to project snapshots and re-enactments from wilder days. There is an added bonus for music fans. If you are the type of person who is always looking for great song recommendations, Leftover People by Brent Jensen can be that book for you.