Rock and Roll Children

An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
346 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2021
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Rock and Roll Children: An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story by Sean Frazier is a rollicking ride filled with nostalgia that will have an irresistible appeal to fans of Rock 'n’ Roll and the culture in which it burgeoned and blossomed. The story follows seventeen-year-old Sean who is bored with living in a sleepy rural town and wants desperately to make it in music. He knows he can’t make it alone, but his biggest challenge is finding like-minded guys with whom he can form a band. He eventually does, but the question is: Can the five work together long enough to perform their biggest show?

This is a beautifully narrated story, and Sean Frazier’s use of the first-person narrative adds strength to the story as it accentuates the points of view, allowing a relationship to build between the protagonist and the reader. The story is gracefully written and the author’s handling of the themes of adventure, love, friendship, and teamwork is natural while exploring character depth as the key characters evolve through challenges and, at times, heartaches. There is so much fun in this narrative and the gorgeous writing brilliantly captures the historical and geographical elements of the setting. I loved how the author writes about life in high school, his take on music, and the insightful thoughts that punctuate the narrative.

As one reads through this engaging story, one surprisingly comes to the realization that “The music gets in you. It is you. And once it is part of you, it never leaves.” Rock and Roll Children: An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story is sometimes heartbreaking, filled with humor, and permeated by an uplifting spirit. It inspires readers to believe that dreams do bring light to life and how music can create the pulse that moves people forward in spite of the hardships and struggles.

Pikasho Deka

Rock and Roll Children: An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story by Sean Frazier is a coming-of-age story revolving around the band members of a high school hair metal band from a small rural town of Maryland in the mid-80s. Seventeen-year-old Sean is deeply passionate about two things in his life; his black '68 Camaro and listening to records by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Queen, and his hometown heroes Kix. Growing up idolizing the likes of Bruce Dickinson and Freddie Mercury, all Sean wants is to be the frontman of a heavy metal band. Starting off with playing cover songs from their favorite bands in their friend's garage, Sean and his friends - Mike, Bob, Ron, and Jak - soon form a heavy metal outfit called Onyx to unleash the rebels within themselves. When the opportunity presents itself, the bandmates must put on a show for the ages.

If you've grown up in the 80s or love heavy metal music, Rock and Roll Children is just the book for you. Sean Frazier's coming-of-age tale is an ode to heavy metal and filled with a sense of nostalgia and optimism that reminds you of the power of music and the way it teaches you to reach for the stars. The characters are likable and particularly relatable to anyone who had a high school band or ever picked up a musical instrument. I found the banter between the friends realistic and thoroughly entertaining. I had a wonderful time reading Rock and Roll Children. Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories or heavy metal music shouldn't miss out on this one.

Foluso Falaye

Rock and Roll Children by Sean Frazier is about a teenage boy's love for making music. As Sean drives daily to his high school in his 1968 Camaro, he plans to finish school and pursue his dream of making it big in LA as a heavy metal musician. First, he must put together a band—which is like "being married to four other people". Sean's dream takes him through working at an annoying restaurant to save up for music gear, shunning the cold-eyed stares of his band mates' parents, experiencing the magic in watching bands like Kix deliver an epic show, finding love, and striving to keep a band together while undermining it with his guilty pleasure.

The most memorable and impactful books for me are those that either remind me of an important moment in my life, are about things I love to do or convey concepts I strongly agree with. Rock and Roll Children did all three for me. It took me back to my high school days when I developed a passion for making music and motivated me to pursue my dreams and ignore the intimidating opinions of doubters. Sean Frazier brings the '80s to life with the smooth integration of the details about the period's fashion, music, and technology into the story. It was fun to read about strange '80s practices like the Coke breaks and the long hairstyles, even the language usage. I had an in-depth experience and enjoyed the up close and personal first-person view and the impressive character development. Readers who love music, especially heavy metal and rock, will love Rock and Roll Children.

Vincent Dublado

Rock and Roll Children: An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story by Sean Frazier is a surprising and brilliant coming of age story based on the author’s personal experience in the rock music industry. Some of the names and events have been changed for the sake of continuity, but you will not notice it as you get immersed in the retrospective. This story is a young man’s journey that begins when he decides to become a musician after watching a Beatles performance on Ed Sullivan. The story is primarily set in the 80s, but here you can see that famous rock bands of the past decades, from the 60s to the 70s, serve as sources of influence and inspiration for Frazier and his bandmates. Frazier takes us back to a time when life for young people centered on music and the incredible phenomenon of the rock genre. From the Shooze to Exodus, Frazier shows his journey into the world of rock music that is not only filled with passion but also with heartache.

Rock and Roll Children is a 'follow your dreams' story, the saga of one man’s little-known climb to reaching the stars, encountering pitfalls, and growing wiser at the end of it all. You have no doubt seen popular rock bands disbanding for one reason or another, and Sean Frazier’s story will show you why. Inevitably, what this story tells us is that the road to following your dreams is not pure sunshine, and you are likely to develop problems that stem from both internal and external factors. Frazier writes in a way that is devoid of any poetic trimmings, and this straightforward approach is what gives the narrative strength. Without too many deep, philosophical streams of consciousness, he takes us back to a solid, retrospective feel of time and place. In the annals of rock music, the 80s was a significant decade that pitted artistry against marketability. Bands break up and continue to do so, but anyone can still write original compositions, create a band, and do it for the sheer love of music. This is why Rock and Roll Children becomes a must-read because it will remind you of that.

Rabia Tanveer

Rock and Roll Children: An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story by Sean Frazier is a nostalgic novel about the fun times of the 80s and its rock band craze. The story opens with our protagonist in the present when he receives the news that one of his old friends passed away. Bob was part of a rock band that Sean made with his three other friends back when they were in high school. That awakens old memories, and we visit Sean when he was just a 17-year-old boy waiting for his hair to grow and find like-minded guys to make a heavy metal band. How would Sean find such guys in a small town? He didn’t know, but he was willing to do whatever it took to make it out of the town, and a band was the right way to do it. He had no idea that these guys were going to help him grow, heal, and make magical memories that will stay with him forever.

Even though I was born a good decade after the 80s, I grew up with the 80s music and feel classic rock and heavy metal in my bones to this day (I still think Iron Maiden is the best metal band ever). The narrative oozes nostalgia and fond memories. You can tell that Sean Frazier loved his youth and the memories he created with his friends. The way he talks about his friend Bob made me emotional. His characters were brilliantly composed and detailed. Ron, Mike, Bob, and Jak all played a vital role in Sean’s growth, and you can tell that by the way he embodies some of the quirks of his friends. The pace was just perfect, the transition was phenomenal, and the feel of the story was incredible. Rock and Roll Children was simple yet it made me emotionally attached. I loved it! Phenomenal!