2020 Anthony Award Nominee
MURDER-A-GO-GO'S: crime fiction inspired by the music of the go-go's
The Go-Go’s made music on their own terms and gave voice to a generation caught between the bra-burning irreverence of the seventies and the me-first decadence of the eighties. Anthems like “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” and “Vacation” are an indelible part of our collective soundtrack, but more than that, they speak to the power and possibility of youth. Inspired by punk but not yoked to it, the Go-Go’s broke important musical ground by combining cheeky lyrics, clever hooks, and catchy melodies, perfectly capturing what it feels like to be young and female in the process.
But beyond the Go-Go’s effervescent sound and cheerful pop stylings, a darkness underlies many of their lyrics and melodies, hinting at the heartache and frustration inherent in growing up. In other words, plenty to inspire murder and mayhem.
Net proceeds from Murder-a-Go-Go’s benefit Planned Parenthood, a crucial provider of women’s affordable reproductive healthcare.
With a foreword by Go-Go’s co-founder Jane Wiedlin and original stories by 25 kick-ass authors, editor Holly West has put together an all-star crime fiction anthology inspired by one of the most iconic bands of the eighties and beyond.
Contributors: Lori Rader-Day, Susanna Calkins, S.W. Lauden, Jen Conley, Greg Herren, R.D. Sullivan, Lisa Alber, Steve Weddle, Sarah M. Chen, Dharma Kelleher, Bryon Quertermous, Diane Vallere, Thomas Pluck, Wendall Thomas, Craig Faustus Buck, Patricia Abbott, Travis Richardson, Renee Asher Pickup, Josh Stallings, Jessica Laine, Stephen Buehler, Nadine Nettmann, Eric Beetner, Lisa Brackmann, and Hilary Davidson.
Original cover art by John K. Snyder III.
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