White Tears

Two roommates who met in college both have an unquenchable passion for music, and start a studio catering to New York bands who want authentic old beats on their records.  Seth is a quirky, unassuming guy who likes to wander the city recording sounds--one day he catches someone running a few lines of an old blues song. Carter, Seth's roommate and meal ticket, is an obsessive record collector who is supported by his uber-rich family.  As a prank, they put something out on the Internet, claiming it is a 1920's lost blues recording, inventing the singer's name. When another collector contacts Carter, claiming that the artist on the recording is real, the story takes a surreal turn as Seth and Carter lose control of their own narrative.  From that point on, the novel becomes a page-turner full of suspense, intrigue, and a dangerous road trip to uncover dark and deeply-held secrets from the past.  Kunzru's writing is exceptional, expertly dishing on the early American music business in all its greed and exploitation of black blues artists and appropriation by white artists and bands. An excellent read. 

White tearsBy Kunzru, Hari, 1969-

"An indelible portrait of obsession, music, insanity, and race that draws us into a dark underworld of blues record collecting, haunted by the ghosts of a violent past." (Publisher note, book jacket)

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