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Set among the Malibu mansions and Hollywood rock clubs of California’s southland, Never Break the Chain finds Tim Green’s grief over the loss of his father spinning into an obsessive quest to track down the wayward mother who deserted him almost three decades before. It’s a journey that, like Believe in Me before it, sends Green venturing deep into the heart of the rock and roll jungle.
Opening a few months after the end of Believe in Me, Never Break the Chain lands Green in the oceanfront Malibu compound of British guitarist Blake Saunders, who’s just hired him to pen an authorized biography of his floundering, formerly-huge arena rock band. Even as the highly combustible Saunders’ son Mal—recently installed as the band’s new lead singer—and daughter Jane offer him distorted reflections of himself, Green’s efforts to retrace his mother’s steps through LA’s rock and roll underworld propel him toward a cathartic confrontation. The revelations to come challenge every answer he once thought he possessed to the most fundamental question of all: who is Tim Green?
Equal parts family drama, literate thriller, and peek behind the curtain of an aging rock band, Never Break the Chain is ultimately a story about families—the ones we’re born into, and the ones we create.
Praise for Never Break the Chain:
“Rock writer Jason Warburg ties up some loose ends with his latest Tim Green novel, Never Break the Chain. His charming protagonist is still threading the road to self-knowledge by poetically and amusingly examining the lives of others in this tale of excess and success. Best of all, a turn in the story resolves the mystery of who Tim Green really is. It’s the magic of music that takes us there, along with Warburg’s very entertaining style.”
-- Viola Weinberg, Poet Laureate emerita of Sacramento & former KZAP FM News Director
“A beautiful book… Never Break the Chain is a novel about family life and the ties that bind people together. It is not easy to write about music and the life of musicians in a convincing way, but Jason Warburg never misses a beat. Warburg understands how music can play a major part in the staging posts of people’s lives.”
-- Greg Spawton, co-founder & songwriter, Big Big Train
“Jason Warburg writes with an unreasonable amount of velocity and heart. My Heart Sings The Harmony is a gentle, funny and thoughtful reminder about why music makes us feel so much, and offers the kind of emotional honesty that we rarely see anymore. Each piece here is like a sepia snapshot of a forgotten time, but one that can be called back immediately in just one note—and it's in that one note where we feel most at home.”
-- Alex Green, editor of Stereo Embers magazine and author of Emergency Anthems
“Jason Warburg is one of the finest music writers out there. My Heart Sings the Harmony demonstrates in a clear, passionate and unpretentious way the process of ‘acquiring musical memories’—Warburg is out to celebrate and share what he loves and why. You’ll more than likely be re-visiting some albums you may have given short shrift to, or searching for a new artist or album that, as Jason puts it, stops him in his tracks.”
-- Bernadette Quigley, music publicist, QuigleyMedia
"A whirlwind ride through the breathless heights of megastardom." --Jacob Slichter, author of So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star and drummer for Semisonic