Book Review: 10 Things We Learned From "Murder On Music Row"
By: Matt Bjorke
We don't often get a chance to review novels (or books, even) at Roughstock so it was with great pleasure that we were sent the novel Murder on Music Row, a fascinating novel written around Nashville's Music Industry. Read on to see what we learned from reading the book!
It’s not often that a novel comes out that takes on a segment of the world that is rarely talked about: the music industry. Mixing a murder mystery into a compelling story about an assassination attempt on a fictionalized country star, Murder On Music Row reads like the best novel that John Grisham never wrote. Rather than write a note for note recount on the novel, we instead offer up 10 things we learned about Stuart Dill’s “Music Industry Thriller” Murder on Music Row.
- The country star who gets shot at in the book seems to be based on an amalgamation of Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.
- There is a lot of detail about the Nashville music industry in the novel.
- If you ever wondered how a big corporate merger of labels might look like, and what it takes to make it happen, there’s one in this book.
- Murder On Music Row discusses how much the industry actually relies on interns supplied by music industry programs in and around Nashville.
- You’ll learn how important managers are to an artist and how the whole management team helps an artist get where they’re going.
- You’ll learn how some stars (the fictional star) have bigger than life egos and personas.
- Details of the country music world which may feel ‘insider’-like are laid out here.
- The story is downright compelling, making for an easy, page-turning read.
- The writing is so vivid and cinematic that it likely won’t be long before Murder on Music Row is optioned into a movie.
- Stuart Dill writes a twist ending that isn’t so easy to see coming and leaves you very satisfied with how Murder on Music Row ends.