john andrew fredrick author writer artist musician los angeles ca

Set in Los Angeles in the early 90s, the novel chronicles the early days of an indie band as they meet, practice, make their first record, and get their first break/big gig. It’s also the story of the the flowering love affair between John and Jenny, the two charming if troubled guitarists/singers in the band. John is by day a misanthropic substitute teacher in the zany, sometimes horrific LA Unified School District; Jenny is an mysterious recovering child prodigy. Along the way, the couple and their bandmates make momentous discoveries about themselves and the Hollywood milieu in which they struggle to succeed, a world peopled by narcissistic actors, wannabe screenwriters, pretentious musicians, weirdo fans, crazy neighbors — and an emu.

the king of good intentions II by john andrew fredrick

The King of Good Intentions II by Los Angeles songwriter and novelist John Andrew Fredrick picks up where we left off cliffhanging, unsure whether John and Jenny, the brilliant and charming on-again/off-again couple who play in the fictitious fledgling indie band the Weird Sisters, will break up or not—as a couple or as the principal members of a getting-great band.

Reconciled after an infidelity-that-can-be-explained or at least atoned for, King II opens as the Weird Sisters are on tour during the fateful day Kurt Cobain’s suicide is announced. This undeniably hilarious sequel pits the little jangle pop band we’re rooting for against an evil record label CEO’d by a guy who believes in aliens, various nefarious bookers and sound guys, drunken “punters,” and lunatics and maniacs galore that Jenny, John, bassist Rob, and new and uproariously ridiculous new drummer Raleigh encounter on the zany road.

By C. Briggs on July 28, 2009

Format: Paperback

I really enjoyed this book. This series of stories takes you through many phases of the Knucklehead’s life- childhood, adolescence, marriage and beyond. The Knucklehead is every man in that his mistakes, passions, misgivings and humiliations are something to which we can all relate.

Irreverent and cleverly crafted, chock full of rich imagery that will make you feel as if you peeked in at someone while they were using the loo, ‘The Knucklehead Chronicles’ will cause you to make faces while you’re reading. Well, I did anyway! Really though, the language would go from lilting in a way that made me feel as if I was experiencing literary mirth to a sense of shocking TMI! I mean that in a very good way. Central to what makes this book appealing is that it is life. It’s life examined and projected through a lens that makes clear the pointlessness in taking yourself or anything else too seriously.

Great tempo, great flow, introspective and silly. I recommend this.


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