Three dramatic and emblematic stories intertwine in Zachary Lazar’s extraordinary new novel, Sway–the early days of the Rolling Stones, including the romantic triangle of Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, and Keith Richards; the life of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger; and the community of Charles Manson and his followers. Lazar illuminates an hour in American history when rapture found its roots in idolatrous figures and led to unprovoked and inexplicable violence. Connecting all the stories in this novel is Bobby Beausoleil, a beautiful California boy who appeared in an Anger film and eventually joined the Manson “family.” With great artistry, Lazar weaves scenes from these real lives together into a true but heightened reality, making superstars human, giving demons reality, and restoring mythic events to the scale of daily life.
Thanks to the Hachette Book Group, I’m giving away five copies of Sway. To enter, just leave a comment below and I will draw a winner on March 6. This contest is open to the US and Canada only, and no PO Boxes.
What’s your favorite Rolling Stones song?