Plucked from obscurity in Glasgow, Rab Dillon is about to become the next great protest singer. Seduced by promises of stardom, carrying only the guitar given to him by the girl who broke his heart, he travels down to London. There he records the debut album that will speak to the dispossessed, the disenfranchised and disheartened.
One year later, he is sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton.
A modern-day ballad set across three cities and two years, The Busker is a richly comic exposé of the music industry, the Occupy movement, homelessness, squatting — and failing to live up to the name you (almost) share with your hero. It is also the story of what survives when the flimsy dreams of fame fall apart.
“Drawing on the recent Occupy movement, and on the resurgence in political activism that has followed the 2008 crash, [The Busker] is relevant, hard-hitting and certainly not lacking in grit...Bell's prose is unflinching, masculine and readable. He is certainly an accomplished stylist.” - Dundee University Review of the Arts
“The Busker is a tale for our times... What could have been a rail against the foolishness of youth is actually concerned with the way we judge art, (music in particular), asks us to consider "what price fame?", and questions just what we value in today's society... The Busker leaves you with the hope that it ain't over til it's over.” - Scots What Hae!
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (1 May 2014)
Size: 129mm x 128mm