Review

Dustbin Bob is back in the sequel to RUBBER SOUL. While The Beatles make an occasional drop in, especially John, PAINTED BLACK by author Greg Kihn is all about Rock’s original bad boys, The Rolling Stones, particularly Brian Jones’ last year or so.

When first starting PAINTED BLACK and right through to the end, I kept anticipating a mystery that never materialized. Speaking strictly from a personal standpoint there is no mystery. PAINTED BLACK is a fictionalized account of the last year or so of Brian Jones’ life. Billed as the second Dustbin Bob book, he, Cricket, Clovis, and Erlene aren’t as present as one might expect. Brian is the sun around which the story and characters revolve.

For fans of the Stones and the beginnings of the whole sex, drugs, and rock & roll culture there’s plenty here to thrill them.

PAINTED BLACK is for fans of The Rolling Stones and the psychedelic era of the mid to late sixties. Name dropping abounds as Brian makes his way through the upper stratosphere of Rock’s elite and up & coming musicians from Africa to the United States. Brian’s trip to Baltimore and last excursion to Africa introduces an occult element to the story that, while many were into that at the time, only serves to muddy already murky waters. Regardless of this not being the mystery it was touted to be, it kept my interest because of the actual facts and true life events woven into the story. Lurid and akin to rubbernecking at an accident, you know it will end badly but can’t help but continue.

Despite a few mentions of a conspiracy revolving around the demise of rock stars mystery lovers may want to give PAINTED BLACK a pass as there’s no real mystery involved. For fans of the Stones and the beginnings of the whole sex, drugs, and rock & roll culture there’s plenty here to thrill them.
Overall, not what was expected but uniquely interesting in ways I hadn’t anticipated.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!