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The Hi-Tec Rocks

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Despite that rock & roll has completely dominated world culture for over 50 years, there has never been that one definitive novel, one that fully encompasses this global juggernaut. What would happen if the best band from 2012, along with all its vast musical influences over the decades, its name, fashions, politics and technologies, were immersed into the most famous year in the history of Rock? (According to Rolling Stone Magazine and MTV, that would be 1969)

Ann Turner was a teenage musical genius. Loudly touted as the next Steve Winwood, at 17 she begins playing in her brother's band. Their debut at London's Round House Theater is highly anticipated. However, the fragile musician is also an agoraphobic, and freezes up before ever taking the stage. A cruel British Press has a laugh frenzy at her expense. Her public humiliation drives the reeling girl off to America, where she joins her father in Los Angeles. He has taken his new musical equipment company called "Turner Systems," off to The States at the insistence of his American financial backer. The company's new innovations include a bevy of synthesizers and the first power systems containing transistors and integrated circuits, instead of tubes. There, on a Southern California beach, Ann meets a young American musician named Tommy Collins. In his presence she has no fear, and the two quickly become perfect band mates, and devoted partners.

As their potential grows, they are rejoined by Ann's brother Mark, along with Trevor McDuffy, the big Scottish drummer who played with them in England. As the house band at The Whiskey a go-go, the foursome electrifies the Sunset Strip, launching their 'Roll n' 'Club scene across America, and beyond. Back in England, their exploits began to generate an equal amount of excitement. But Ann has no intention of ever returning to the place of her infamous collapse. By the time she finally agrees, The Hi-Tec Rocks are a world-wide event – And Ann, the band's undisputed leader, is also its trendsetting musical icon. Her triumphant return to the U.K becomes the most highly anticipated events in years. But if she resisted returning to her homeland because of the cruelty of the tabloids before she left, she finds out the hard way, that in their place, the most vile of all creatures had set himself up in London. And unfortunately (for England) things were about to become much, much worse.

In 1969, Rupert Murdoch buys The Sun and the News of the World. Referred only as "The Australian," he decides to use the most popular girl in England to launch his tabloids looming slash and burn policies, and to prove his point – that anyone, no matter how beloved, can be brought to their knees. He initiates a contest between the two papers to see who can get Ann Turner first. In accordance, every deplorable tactic ever conceived is used to try and please the new kingmaker. And it would directly result in one of the most profoundly relevant endings of any book in recent memory.

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