Its been close to eighteen years since the officially listed 1964 death of eddie wilson, the lead of the working class jersey rock band eddie and the cruisers, which released only one albeit successful album before his death. Twenty years later a british rock band turns their old songs into monumental fresh hits. It could be due to the inherent contradictory nature of writing in concrete terms about something so ephemeral, even when the writers are also musicians. Original songs like on the dark side, tender years, wild summer nights and seasons in hell make this an album worth owning. Eddie and the cruisers by p f kluge fantastic fiction.
Eddie and the cruisers seems at first glance to be only a smartly written novel about nostalgia for the music of the late 1950s. Buy a cheap copy of eddie and the cruisers book by p. Eddie and the cruisers is the story of an up and coming band in the 50s, the next big thing about to blow, on the cusp of worldwide fame. Eddie and the cruisers national library of luxembourg. Eddie and the cruisers is one of my favourite films of all time, so how i didnt know its based on a novel until i unwrapped this book last christmas is beyond me. Eddie and the cruisers is a 1983 american drama musical film directed by martin davidson with the screenplay written by the director and arlene davidson, based on the novel by p. In the forward by sherman alexie, new to this edition, he writes that the book is darker than the movie. The title of the novel is also the title of eddie wilsons unreleased final album from the cult film eddie and the cruisers 1983. Zander scott and his three friends kambui, lashonda and bobbi are students in eighth grade at the da vinci academy for the gifted and talented, in harlem, new york.
Kluges classic eddie and the cruisers the book that spawned the moviesin paperback for the first time, so it can find a new generation of readers. It tells us about this unsung rock n roll genius named eddie wilson, whose chevy crashed off a bridge back in 1963, and then it suggests that eddie might still be alive. Eddie and his jerseybred band, the parkway cruisers, were going places. That official listing of his death is despite eddie s body never having been found. I havent seen the movie in years because its impossible to get hold of. Jun 26, 2007 michael pare eddie had an idea for a second eddie and the cruisers sequel. Eddie and the cruisers a fictional examination of my weakness lifelong weakness for the songs of my youth. Kluge, walt whitman, and eddie and the cruisers oupblog.
Despite being a failure at the box office, it has since joined its predecessor as a cult favorite. After a recent viewing of the movie i decided to read the book to see how it compares to the movie. A montreal construction worker joins a band and turns out to be a longlost rock star from 1960s new jersey none. Kluges classic eddie and the cruisersthe book that spawned the moviesin paperback for the first time, so it can find a new. See more ideas about eddie and the cruisers, i movie and tom berenger. The book, like the movie deals with the one member of the cruisers and his life after the death of eddie. Eddie and the cruisers is all buildup and no payoff. See more ideas about eddie and the cruisers, tom berenger and movies. More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming ti. Eddie and the cruisers posted on may 31, 2019 by joenazare its officially beach season, and the masses have begun the sunandfunminded migration to the jersey shore, so i thought it would be a good time to repost this piece first published on my old macabre republic blog back in 2011. Working man blues but is a hoax and a good one at that. In a preface to overlook presss 2008 reissue the books first widely. A soso mix of suspense and 1950srocknroll nostalgia gets underway when narrator frank ridgeway, a married, 37yearold new jersey teacher, hears a song called faraway woman on a supermarket radio. A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose longlost leader eddie wilson may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the bands neverreleased album.
The nook book ebook of the eddie and the cruisers by p. Apr 24, 2015 a new bluray edition featuring eddie and the muchmaligned 1989 sequel, eddie and the cruisers ii. With an album and a few minor hits to their credit the future seemed bright until eddie died in a fiery car crash. The first eddie and the cruisers was directed by martin davidson. Unlike the movie, eddie is not alive at the end of the book. He forms the central character, even as he plays nick carraway to eddie wilsons great gatsby f. Detective and mystery fiction fiction mystery fiction. With an album and a few minor hits to their credit, the future seemed bright until eddie died in a fiery car crash. A rock n roll ghost story published by user, 11 years ago it doesnt really matter whether or not youve seen the two films or have heard john caffertys superb rendition of on the dark side, on the radio before. The movie eddie and the cruisers is a part of our collective cultural consciousness in a way that the book never was. The novel is set in new jersey, much of it in vineland where i had a summer job on the town newspaper in 1962.
Those with fond memories of the hit john cafferty and the beaver brown band soundtrack may not know that eddie was based on one of the greatest rock n roll novels ever. A television reporter named maggie foley investigates the mysterious disappearance of legendary rock. Eddie and the cruisers original motion picture soundtrack. Frank wrote the words to that song 20 years ago, when after dropping out of kenyon college he spent a year with eddie wilson and the parkway cruisers. Eddie and the cruisers noteworthy the journal blog. Sunday journal and star eddie and the cruisers seems at first glance to be only a smartly written novel about nostalgia for the music of the late 1950s. The title of this book is eddie and the cruisers and it was written by p. If you love rock and roll, if you understand why elvis was the king, springsteen is the boss, dylan is the jester and know the smell of teen spirit, then youll love this book.
Eddie and the cruisers is a 1983 american drama musical film directed by martin davidson. A soso mix of suspense and 1950srocknroll nostalgia gets underway when narrator frank ridgeway. Nov 30, 20 eddie and the cruisers is a 1983 american film directed by martin davidson based on the novel by p. P f kluge eddie and his jherseybred band, the parkway cruisers, were going places. The dialogue is sharp, the book is packed with exquisite description and a surprise ending. It is directed by jeanclaude lord, and based on literary characters created by author p. It quickly proves, however, to be a remarkably good suspense story, full of vivid characters and some hilarious dialogue. The first half is from thev movie, the second half is a slideshow borrowed from a previous poster, greenwoodtony. Jan 09, 2011 the song garden of eden from eddie and the cruisers ii. Eddie and the cruisers is a 1983 american film directed by martin davidson with the screenplay written by the director and arlene davidson, based on the novel by p. The book was referenced in the felt song, sunlight bathed the golden glow from their album, the strange idols pattern and other short stories 1984, with the lyric youre reading from a season in hell but you.
Now, leaving aside the possibility that eddie might, in fact, have gone down with his chevy, this premise, has all sorts of possibilities. There are two main stylistic differences between the movie and the book. After the sudden death of lead singer eddie wilson michael pare, in his feature debut. Kluges classic eddie and the cruisersthe book that spawned the movies in paperback for the first time, so it can find a new. Sep 25, 2018 eddie and the cruisers is a tale of nostalgia set to one of the best original soundtracks of the eighties. With tom berenger, michael pare, joe pantoliano, matthew laurance. The novel is narrated by frank wordman ridgeway tom berengers character in the film, so eddie and the cruisers is literally and figuratively his book. Scott fitzgeralds great american novel is referenced several times throughout the book. The sequel, eddie lives, is a talentfree embarrassment.1377 55 1429 213 1429 1037 561 1033 1195 773 645 34 183 974 1298 1471 640 166 66 356 1525 1539 702 1239 765 1014 935 1281 391 411 880 123 607 703 407 802 714 738 1404 1416 812 1400 1031 1463 460