Picks and Pans Review: Jambeaux

updated 01/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Laurence Gonzalez

A couple of musicians are playing Houston and Galveston clubs. Drunk and drug-numbed, one hears a different sound: rock'n'roll with a touch of New Orleans blues. He rounds up the best musicians he knows—a bunch of unstable, pill-popping addicts—and calls his new band Jambeaux. This first novel is an insider's view of today's pop-music business; the dramatis personae include violent Mafia club owners, vicious promoters, stoned crowds and pathetic groupies. The clubs are an inferno, the recording studio an exhausting if exhilarating madhouse, rock'n'roll stardom a mind-warping trip. The author, a former trumpeter and now a Playboy editor, is guilty of a style unnecessarily hysterical at times and humor that's often scatological and childish. Still, Jambeaux seems real. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, $9.95)

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