Jukebooks: Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons

Road Rash by Mark Huntley ParsonsDumped by his band, drummer Zach faces a long summer working at Johnson’s Yard Supply. The rhythm picks up again when Zach is offered a place with the band Bad Habit just as they start on a tour. It’s not quite the ride Zach expects. (Think spandex and cover tunes.) But along the way, Zach learns how to work as a team, how to speak his mind, and how to cherish a very special girl.

When Zach first goes to hear Bad Habit play, he’s blown away by “…their own twisted update…” of “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” first recorded by Lenny Kravitz in 1993. Kravitz is himself a one-man musical magician. Kravitz produced and co-wrote “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” singing both lead and back-up vocals. He could play guitar, percussion, and keyboards. But he’s also well-known for his extravagant music videos and stage performances. The video below won Kravitz the 1993 MTV Music Video Award for Male Vocalist.

-Diane Colson, currently reading Everything Breaks by Vicki Grove.