Set in the 1950s, The Living End explores the rise of disk jockeys and a music industry corrupt to its core. Eddie Marlon weasels his way onto a radio station and then launches a series of marketing coups that produce big ratings, plenty of advertisers, and money for the radio station. But Marlon doesn’t stop there. He targets teenagers and gears the music on his radio shows to their tastes. Marlon’s next strategy is to coerce performers to deliver their services for free at events and in return, Marlon would play their records. Later, Marlon schemes with a music publishing company to get a percentage of the sheet music and royalties on records. The Living End exposes the payola practices of the 1950s and 1960s when deals were made and stars were born amid a blizzard of dirty money.
Frank Kane, most famous for his Johnny Liddell private eye novels, captures the excitement of the rise of Rock & Roll radio with all its luridness and corruption. If you’re looking for a gritty novel set in the steamy radio industry of the Fifties, The Living End will fog up your glasses! GRADE: A