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The Life of Byron Jaynes

(1983)
A novel by

 
 
This panoramic novel about a sixties rock and roll superstar, Byron Jaynes, is set against a vast sweep of the hippie cultural revolution and its clash with the political establishment of the day. Rick Sears is a former Rolling Stone staff writer living on a lake in a remote New Hampshire town. In a chance encounter, he discovers that the legendary Byron Jaynes, thought to have died in the early 1970s, actually lives in extreme seclusion in a nearby farmhouse. The two form a bond of friendship as Byron narrates his story-within-a-story about the tragic rise and fall of his career
This was James Howard Kunstler's third novel, published in the early 1980s, some time before he became better known as a social critic and author of the non-fiction books acclaimed The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic. Kunstler himself was a Rolling Stone editor and staff-writer in the magazine's then-home office in San Francisco in 1974-75.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 1983 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Life of Byron Jaynes
Author(s): James Howard Kunstler
ISBN: 0-393-01721-4 / 978-0-393-01721-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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Paperback Editions

January 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Life of Byron Jaynes
Author(s): James Howard Kunstler
ISBN: 0-393-30116-8 / 978-0-393-30116-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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January 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Life of Byron Jaynes
Author(s): James Howard Kunstler
Publisher: James Howard Kunstler
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