Tear My Heart

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Strategic Book Publishing, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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A chance remark from his mother prompted 20 year old Nick Blakey to step into the exciting world of pop music in 1960s Britain. From his modest start booking a church hall, Tear My Heart tracks his climb to fame and fortune putting singers and groups at the top of the Billboard chart. The rise to success is not a straight course for Nick, with disappointments, blackmail, and massive publicity stunts along the way to monster hits and love between the years of 1964 and 1966. The story picks up 40 years later, as the former pop mogul works with a ghostwriter on his autobiography, which includes his scathing thoughts on the music scene today.
 

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This is so authentic it could have been written in 1966. The clever switch between 1964 and 2009 has been accomplished well, as have the two romances running side by side.
The physical abuse from
the 60s and the mental abuse of the present day are dealt with carefully, but the most powerful thing about this book is the 60s feel.
Being on the 'inside' of 60s British beat music is enthralling, and one can only hope that there will be a sequel to follow the hero Nick Blakey onwards and upwards. One can only hope the 70s are next.
 

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Cary Vincent based this story on his own experiences. He really did book the Rolling Stones to play a church hall for 50. And Brian Epstein really did offer him the Beatles for 250, but no one would hire him a venue. His story has been repeated by local papers over the years, but in Tear My Heart he has found a way to tell the story himself, by mixing it with fiction.

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