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Uncle Joe's Muse by Micah Thorp follows a group of middle-aged rockers whose lives turn upside down when they find themselves having to parent a tween girl out of the blue. Rod, Rick, Steve, and Ian are the four members of Uncle Joe's Band. Used to playing in decrepit venues with patrons numb to their high-intensity, loud metal music, Uncle Joe's Band has little motive to change their songs or lifestyles. However, when twelve-year-old Allison Jones enters their home in Vallejo, California, claiming one of them to be her father, the band members find the inspiration they had long been searching for. While the group teaches Allison about rock and roll, Allison brings out each of their paternal sides and helps them navigate social media to reach the masses.
Author Micah Thorp tells a charming slice-of-life story about four man-children who are forced to change their ways after a twelve-year-old enters their lives and helps them grow up and become better musicians and people in general. Uncle Joe's Muse is full of heart, warmth, and a heavy dose of nostalgia for anyone who grew up listening to the golden age of rock and roll bands like The Grateful Dead. The narrative switches timelines between the present and the late 60s and early 70s. In the past, Rod's uncle Joe -- the band's namesake -- lived a free-spirited lifestyle and had troubles with the law, protested the Vietnam war, attended Woodstock, and had run-ins with some of the most famous rockstars of the era. Recommend to rock and roll lovers.