Long-time Nirvana fan Stephanie Kuehnert to release her first rock 'n roll novel in July 2008!

Stephanie Kuehnert is an author and avid Nirvana fan. She's written essays about the band including one about her experiences in Seattle 10 years after Kurt's death, which appears on Her first novel I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE will be released by MTV Books on July 8, 2008. The official description of the book is:

A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones. Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back.

Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?

One of the inspirations for I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE was Kurt Cobain's quote, "I like the comfort in knowing that women are the only future in rock 'n roll." And Nirvana fans will find Nirvana references and Nirvana inspired moments in the book. The characters attend Nirvana concerts, the last chapter of the book is set in Seattle, and like Nirvana, Emily's band is trying to break out of a small, rural town.

Nirvana biographer and author the New York Times bestselling author of Heavier Than Heaven, Charles R. Cross reviewed the book and says of it, "Kuehnert's love of music is apparent on every page in this powerful and moving story. Her fresh voice makes this novel stand out in the genre, and she writes as authentically about coming of age as she does punk rock. She's titled the book after a great song by Sleater-Kinney, and both that band, and the iconic Joey Ramone, would be proud of this effort."

I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE is available for pre-order on and you can learn more about the book and author Stephanie Kuehnert on her website

Posted in NFC news section at on 02-24-2008 @ 12:23 PM (GMT).

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