23rd November 2018
Books - Music
The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings
Perhaps how one leaves a party is more important than one's entrance. Green On Red's Dan Stuart publishes his new novel, a companion piece to what will be his final full length record, both entitled 'The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings', through Cadiz Music, on the eve of his Autumn 2018 UK tour. The album was made with producer/guitarist Danny Amis: a founder of Los Straitjackets and former member of The Raybeats. Both works are a sort of noir travelogue through foreign landscapes real and imagined, sublime and horrific, and question whether love can survive in a world of violence and betrayal. The record features players from Mexico, Italy, New York & San Francisco, while the novel bounces between Oaxaca, NYC and CDMX. Stuart's alter ego Marlowe Billings is our musical and fictional tour guide, indeed one could listen while reading and double the pleasure. The record is the last of the Marlowe trilogy (alongside 'The Deliverance Of Marlowe Billings' and 'Marlowe's Revenge') with the novel being the second; one can only hope Mr. Stuart will eventually deliver a third book to complete the series and leave the world if not better off, then at least slightly less banal.