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'What if they'd invented rock 'n roll way back in the 19th century? What if it could take over the world and change the course of history? In the slums of Brummingham, the outcast gangs are making a new kind of music, with pounding rhythms and wild guitars. Astor Vance has been trained in refined classical music. But when her life plummets from riches to rags, the only way she can survive is to play the music the slum gangs want.

Charismatic Verrol, once her servant, is now her partner in crime...and he could be so much more if only he'd come clean about his mysterious past... ' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Steampunk note: This story contains the classic 'what if?' premise of steampunk that asks what would have happened if certain very modern innovations had been made in the Victorian era rather than more recently. In a 2014 interview, Harland noted that the novel is

    gothic cum Victoriana rather than full-on steampunk – or it’s the special category of steampunk that American publishers call ‘gaslight romance’. Less emphasis on imaginary Steam Age hardware, more emphasis on emotions, characters and relationships. But Song of the Slums still needs its setting in Steam Age society. The very premise of the novel – what would happen if rock ‘n roll was invented 100 years before Elvis Presley? – depends on it.

    Source: Snapshot 2014: Richard Harland (http://tsanasreads.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/snapshot-2014-richard-harland.html). (Sighted: 10/01/2017)

  • According to the author's website, the novel is set in a different part of the Worldshaker universe.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2013 .
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 370p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: May 2013
      ISBN: 9781743310052

Works about this Work

[Untitled] Miffy Farquharson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 21 no. 2 2013; (p. 3)

— Review of Song of the Slums Richard Harland 2013 single work novel
Writing by Gaslight : The Story behind Song of the Slums Richard Harland , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 21 no. 2 2013; (p. 2-3)
[Untitled] Lyn Linning , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 28 no. 2 2013; (p. 37-38)

— Review of Song of the Slums Richard Harland 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Lyn Linning , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 28 no. 2 2013; (p. 37-38)

— Review of Song of the Slums Richard Harland 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Miffy Farquharson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 21 no. 2 2013; (p. 3)

— Review of Song of the Slums Richard Harland 2013 single work novel
Writing by Gaslight : The Story behind Song of the Slums Richard Harland , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 21 no. 2 2013; (p. 2-3)
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