Crown & Kingdom embody, like no other band can, the soaring flights and deadly crash-landings of rock superstardom. Led by genius guitarist Mickey Hunter, they ruled the '70s rock scene with phenomenal platinum-selling albums and scorching live performances that electrified fans. But as the group, particularly Hunter, surrendered to fame's toxic excesses, C&K's ultimate destruction was inevitable.
Now, fifteen years after his song played out, Rock God Complex tells Hunter's story in his words, revealing the turbulent truth of the man who was a god among guitarists.
Tracey Iceton is the author of three previous books and many articles and short stories. Her unique relationship with the elusive Mickey Hunter granted her exclusive access to the guitarist's story. This book is the result.
Iceton captures the raw, visceral world of rock music for what it is — a place of Gods and Monsters, where music pulls people apart and puts them back together like nothing else. But the book is more than that — it's a loving and perceptive exploration of the rock and roll mythology. A sheer love of music pulsates through every word. A thrilling, incisive rock 'n' roll mammoth of a book.
Guy Mankowski, author of Letters for Yelena and An Honest Deceit
Rock God Complex describes in detail all the human mess that results from being a popular culture deity, the sex, and drugs and rock and roll combined with all their complicated consequences. It vividly evokes all the excitement and shows why the hype is justified while also deconstructing that hype and making it represent key phenomena of contemporary life.
This is a gritty, witty take on the heady myths and harsh realities of rock 'n' roll.
Adam Hansen, Northumbria University, author of Shakespeare and Music