THE INDUSTRY IS DEAD
The struggle to be heard in a world that’s all noise.
“It’s no way to make a living.” Every artist has heard it at one point or another, when their dreams seem like just that—dreams—and well-meaning friends and family tell them that a career in art is hopeless. To Steve Caverly, it’s something he can’t afford to believe. All his life he’s dreamed of fronting the rock band Rebel Yell, touring around the world and playing sold-out shows to the adoring masses.
Then comes producer Lenny Bergner from the world’s biggest label with an offer. He’ll sign Steve and the band, as long as Steve will ghostwrite an album for the biggest rock band in the world: Hunger Strike, fronted by the enigmatic rock goddess Hayley Savage—the reason Steve got into music in the first place.
Steve signs on despite his band’s misgivings, but he finds Hayley’s drugged-out, eccentric lifestyle is more than he can handle. Soon he’s questioning everything about himself, his music, and whether success is worth the price he’s agreed to pay.
This is the story of one band’s struggle to survive when art belongs to the dollar. Sometimes witty, always heartless, Rebel Yell is a piercing look at independent art in the post-modern age.