High FidelityBook - 1995
Now a major motion picture from Touchstone Pictures.
Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CD's that this implies, might not be so bad.
Baker & Taylor
Follows the love affairs and belated growing up of a "Generation X" pop music fanatic and record store owner.
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Very dated humour. Would have been funny years ago, but this is the future and most young readers (18-30) would not know what a vinyl record or a audio tape is. Wished that John Cusack did not take the lead role in the movie, as he is American and the nuances of the English language are lost on Americans. All I could picture while reading it was f*ing John Cusack as "Rob" and it sucked.
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