The Last Stage

The Last Stage Michael Gray is an aging professional student looking for a way out of a small town and away from a girlfriend who increasingly wants from him And he s also a Doors fan with ambition But he doesn t k

  • Title: The Last Stage
  • Author: Jim Cherry
  • ISBN: ISBN13:978141
  • Page: 454
  • Format: paperback
  • Michael Gray is an aging professional student looking for a way out of a small town, and away from a girlfriend who increasingly wants from him And he s also a Doors fan with ambition But he doesn t know how to act upon it, or even admit it to himself, until, inspired by friends who tell him he looks like Jim Morrison, and a chance meeting with Ray Manzarek he takesMichael Gray is an aging professional student looking for a way out of a small town, and away from a girlfriend who increasingly wants from him And he s also a Doors fan with ambition But he doesn t know how to act upon it, or even admit it to himself, until, inspired by friends who tell him he looks like Jim Morrison, and a chance meeting with Ray Manzarek he takes a chance on his dream and starts a Doors cover band He sidetracks a band on their road to fame, and together they experience the exhilaration of being a Rock n Roll band on tour, from the long hours, the agents, the travel, the groupies, record company executives and the growing ego of Michael Gray, until they re offered the gig of their Rock n Roll dreams.On the road Michael meets and falls in love with Caitlin Stewart, daughter of legendary guitarist Jerry Osprey, but she doesn t trust his motives, does he truly love her, or is she a career move for Michael Or even a collectible They re carried to the doors of stardom when the band plays in Los Angeles where Michael meets former child star Jimmy Stark who shows him the monster fame, celebrity and stardom can be, crashing studios and parties Michael assembles an entourage of has been s and wanna be s Then Michael Gray and the band meet their destines on the stage of the Whisky a go go And when it s all over Michael Gray is afforded the last stage he has.

    One thought on “The Last Stage”

    1. A rock 'n' roll fever dream best read in a black-lit room with the Doors' spooky The End endlessly spinning on a vintage stereo. Jim Cherry captures the scratchy echoes of a distant era, when the Lizard King, Jim Morrison, lived and died. The Last Stage is the tale of fan's obsession with the music, his dreams, his fears - it reads like a twisted memoir, flashes of fine writing swirling like a psychedelic solo by Ray Manzarek. Read it and light your fire.

    2. Michael Gray, the protagonist of this story, doesn't just want to front a Doors tribute band- he wants to actually become Jim Morrison; living and performing the life that Jim led. By just glancing at this book and its blurb, one could mistake it as a tale written by a Doors fan for a Doors fan- and although that's a part of it- in the whole it's no such thing. This is a story about idolisation and of wanting to become that idol, to the degree that one loses themselves in the process. So what be [...]

    3. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but I wasn't disappointed. This book isn't just a book about a Jim Morrison "wannabe", but is a testament to The Doors in itself. It's the story of anyone who ever wanted to be in a rockband or be a rockstar, anyone who had a hero and wanted to be just like them. The story follows the character Michael Gray while he travails through the highs and lows of being in a band. He is a lackluster musician with hopes of being the next Jim Morrison and almost makes [...]

    4. This would be a good read for a teenager .It teaches empathy and to me the dialogue was believable.I don't think it's worthy to teach though.I disliked a character being named Jim Stark.That's my only real complaint.A James Dean teen angst character was Jim Stark.

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