Erin Reardon, in Leaving the Beach, is heavily influenced by rock & roll icons. If you’ve read the book, you might argue that David Bowie has the biggest influence on her life. Others might disagree, saying it’s Bruce Springsteen, while still others might go with Elvis Costello or Freddie Mercury. Certainly, each of these musicians makes a mark on Erin, and inspires her to change her life in one way or another.
In my opinion, however, Erin is most heavily influenced by Jim Morrison of the Doors (pictured above, after his arrest for allegedly exposing himself in Florida). Jim enters Erin’s life at a particularly dark period, when she hears about his mysterious–and possibly faked–death on the radio. So she goes out and buys his unauthorized biography, No One Here Gets Out Alive—along with some Doors albums–and her eyes are opened to what she perceives as true rock & roll glamour. Jim’s lyrics speak to Erin so clearly that she’s able to pull herself out of the darkness she’s experiencing in real life. And, of course, she becomes convinced that Jim’s still alive and begins searching for him.
But what about you? Have you ever been so taken by a rock artist that you changed something about yourself because of him or her? Has a musician ever given you the courage to do something you were previously afraid to do? Have you altered your fashion sense to imitate a rock hero or heroine? If so, I’d love to hear about it.
Please leave a comment below, and/or post a picture of the artist to my Facebook Author Page. (And if FB won’t allow you to post, just email the picture to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post it for you.)
Thanks! I’m looking forward to your responses. The first five people to comment or post a picture will get a free Kindle or Nook copy of Leaving the Beach!