Book DetailsWhen drummer Kenny meets piano prodigy Larry at school, they form their first band, The Pretty Horses, which is later renamed Marine Light. From their early gigs in rural Somerset with a taste of regional recognition to international touring, the two friends blaze their way through the rock and roll scene of the 1970s. Propelled by the promise of fame, sex, and drugs, the lifestyle begins to take its toll on both of them. Ego trips, hangers on, groupies, and warring band members see Kenny and Larry stretch to breaking point.
As cracks start to show in their band and their relationship, Kenny is forced to question the character of the person he’s called his best friend and begins to wonder about their uncertain future. Larry has always had a dark side, but how deep does it go?
Set in the heyday of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath, The Mud Dance follows passionate musicians and friends from their well-intentioned beginnings, through to fame, and beyond.
Neil Grimmett was born in Birmingham. After being expelled from school at 14, he spent the next decade on the road and in recording studios playing the drums with various rock bands. He also worked making high explosives at a top secret establishment for the Ministry of Defence; as a gamekeeper for minor aristocracy; as a professional handler of show dogs; and a teacher of creative literature. During his lifetime he had over eighty five short stories published. In the UK by among others: London Magazine, Stand, Panurge, Iron, Ambit, Postscripts Magazine, Pretext etc. Australia, Quadrant, South Africa, New Contrast. Plus stories in the leading journals of Singapore, India, France, Canada, and the USA, where he has appeared in Fiction, The Yale Review, DoubleTake, The southern Humanities Review, Green Mountains Review, Descant, The Southern Review and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He has appeared online in Blackbird, Plum Ruby Review, Tatlin's Tower, Web Del Sol, In Posse Review, m.a.g., Word Riot, Blue Moon Review, 3AM, Gangway, Eclectica,The Cortland Review, Segue, The Dublin Quarterly , Ducts, Sugar Mule, Mysterical E, Thuglit and over thirty others. His stories have also appeared in the anthologies: ENGLAND CALLING, BOOK OF VOICES and Italy’s ISBN’s Top International Stories. In addition, he also won the Write On poetry award, 6 Oppenheim John Downes Awards, 7 major British Arts Council Awards, a Royal Society of Authors award and was awarded a major grant from the Royal Literary Fund. His first thriller, THE THRESHING CIRCLE, was published by Lake Union in May 2015. Other works published by Neil Grimmett include THE HOARD, THE MUD DANCE, THE BESTOWING SUN and THE BURNT FOX. Sadly, Neil passed away in November, 2015