Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Imagine a book that mixes the smarts, nuance, and demimonde romance of the uniquely British coming-of-age novel 'Absolute Beginners' with the bracing working-class grit, mordant wit, and period veracity of the crime flick 'Gangster #1.' Well, you don't have to imagine it. It's called 'Charlie Six,' and author Brixton Key has written it with an unerring sense of time and place (England in the Swingin' '60s), a sharp ear for argot, a deep love for his characters, and an understanding and affection for the cultural milieu they inhabit." - Michael Snyder, Sirius/XM Radio and Bon Voyage magazine

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CHARLIE SIX book description

Charlie Six is a gorgeously realized coming-of-age novel that takes place during the eruption of music, hope and revolution in London during the 1960s. Charlie’s a boy ready to bust out of the post-WWII mentality on the tail-end of a Muddy Waters’ riff in his Carnaby Street suit. His mother is a world-class nightlife addict and his father’s a gangster, just two amongst the colorful cast of characters raising Charlie. The language of Charlie Six is the art of slang – he’s a cheeky Cockney pop art Huck Finn with the gift of the gab. Written by the enigmatic Brixton Key, rumored to have been deeply involved in the English music business from the time he was a lad, Charlie Six is a tantalizing mélange of fictional autobiography and modern memoir. It evokes The Catcher in the Rye meets Howl. Poet, Maxine Chernoff, writes, “Charlie Six is as much at home mixing ‘Gin and Its’ as he is listening to the rock music and Beat Poetry that charts his growth. He has the frankness and tenderness of the best main characters...heartbreaking and hilarious.” With the fast moving pace of a mystery novel, Charlie Six takes you on a heady ride through 1960’s London, gangsters, and pop music as he experiences the pain and joy of making the transition from boy to young man.




Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Charlie Six Video Preview

Here's the CHARLIE SIX video book trailer produced by Gabe Wexler



What the great poet Maxine Chernoff has to say about my novel

Brixton Keys gorgeously realized Charlie Six stands among the best coming-of-age novels with its poetic and realistic evocation of London in the 1960s and a boy who needs to bust out of its post-war mentality. Of course, it doesn’t help that his father is a gangster and his mother a world-class nightlife addict. Charlie Six is as much at home mixing ‘Gin and Its’ as he is listening to the rock music and Beat poetry that charts his growth and finally leads to his escape. He has the frankness and tenderness of the best main characters with his truthful gaze and penetrating sense of his own circumstances. What Charlie learns along the way is both heartbreaking and hilarious – Maxine Chernoff, Some of Her Friends That Year