Special thanks to King Joe (Ken Bogdan, Bill O'Leary,
Roger Trott, and Duane Larson) for use of "Glory."
It’s the fall of 1976, and 20-year-old
guitarist Daniel Travers’s life is a mess. His band, the Killjoys,
is essentially going nowhere; the pills he’s popping are making him
crazy; and the voices banging around his head have him convinced
that he’s a bleedin’ quadropheniac. On top of everything, what he
calls the Real Me, his true self, has disappeared—and he’s lost without
Then the phone rings, a new agent offering
a weeklong gig at the exotic Mai Tai Hotel, in Puente Harbor, Washington.
Told by the agent that Jimi Hendrix and Heart started out at the
Mai Tai, Daniel sees the gig as his best chance to get the Killjoys
on the road to success—and also to ditch his own troubles.
Getting in Tune is a novel that captures
the fire of the rock ‘n’ roll dream as well as the dream that music
can transcend chaos, that it can bring perfection to our daily mess.
And for Daniel, it’s about finding—as his unlikely guru, the Who’s
Pete Townshend, whispers to him—the Universal Chord, the perfect
set of notes that blesses life with essential harmony.
A book full of the low grit of small-club
rock ‘n’ roll and the high spirit that the music soars upon, Getting
in Tune is an exciting read. Step in, can you hear it? The band is
tuning up right now. . . .
Click here to see the Getting in Tune playlist.