Crown & Kingdom embody, like no other band can, the soaring flights and deadly crash-landings of rock superstardom. Led by genius guitarist Mickey Hunter, they ruled the '70s rock scene with phenomenal platinum-selling albums and scorching live performances that electrified fans. But as the group, particularly Hunter, surrendered to fame's toxic excesses, C&K's ultimate destruction was inevitable.
Now, fifteen years after his song played out, Rock God Complex tells Hunter's story in his words, revealing the turbulent truth of the man who was a god among guitarists.
Tracey Iceton is the author of three previous books and many articles and short stories. Her unique relationship with the elusive Mickey Hunter granted her exclusive access to the guitarist's story. This book is the result.
Iceton captures the raw, visceral world of rock music for what it is — a place of Gods and Monsters, where music pulls people apart and puts them back together like nothing else. But the book is more than that — it's a loving and perceptive exploration of the rock and roll mythology. A sheer love of music pulsates through every word. A thrilling, incisive rock 'n' roll mammoth of a book.
Guy Mankowski, author of Letters for Yelena and An Honest Deceit
Rock God Complex describes in detail all the human mess that results from being a popular culture deity, the sex, and drugs and rock and roll combined with all their complicated consequences. It vividly evokes all the excitement and shows why the hype is justified while also deconstructing that hype and making it represent key phenomena of contemporary life.
This is a gritty, witty take on the heady myths and harsh realities of rock 'n' roll.
Adam Hansen, Northumbria University, author of Shakespeare and Music
Tracey Iceton is an author and creative writing tutor from Teesside who recently a PhD in creative writing at Northumbria University. A qualified English teacher experienced in delivering creating writing courses and workshops, Tracey won the 2013 HISSAC short story prize for 'Butterfly Wings', was runner up in the 2013 and 2014 Cinnamon Press short story competitions with 'Slag' and 'As the world (re)turns', which appear in the anthologies Journey Planner and Patria. She also won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition with 'Apple Shot' and the 2015 Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition for 'Ask Not'. Green Dawn at St Enda's, her debut novel and part one of her Celtic Colours Trilogy, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2016. Part two, Herself Alone in Orange Rain, came out in 2017 and the final part of the trilogy, White Leaves of Peace, will be published in 2019.
Tracey regularly reads her work at literary events. Her stories have appeared in; Prole, Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, The Momaya Annual Review, The Yellow Room and Writer's Muse. For more information about her writing and research visit: www.trywriting.co.uk.