Larry Kirwan: Rockin’ the Bronx (a novel)

Rockin’ the Bronx is the new novel by Black 47 front man Larry Kirwan. Set back in NYC in the early 80s, it’s an awaking to the real world of a young Irish guy – too cool for his rural Irish background but green and still wet behind the ears as he tries to navigate his way round the Bronx after he chases his girlfriend from back home cross the Atlantic to a rundown squat in the North Bronx – there he discovers that she and the other roommates harbor dark secrets as he tries to work it all out, despite his sometimes stubbornness and more often his own stupidity. I’ve been a long time fan of Larry’s songwriting and how he brings real people to life in 3 minutes epics – this novel is for anyone who been fascinated by the characters Larry has previously sung about in Black 47 and wanted to delve more into their stories. Having spent sometime in the Bainbridge section of The Bronx in the early 90s at the tail end of that scene I can testify the Kirwan paints a very real picture and to me brings back a lot of memories.