Remember Jack Hoxie

Remember Jack Hoxie is a 1969 novel written by Australian author Jon Cleary. It was a deliberate departure from the author after writing a series of adventure novels, being set in the world of pop music.[1]

Remember Jack Hoxie
First UK edition
AuthorJon Cleary
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
PublisherCollins (UK)
William Morrow (US)
Publication date
1969

Plot

An insurance adjuster accompanies his teenage pop idol son on tour.

Background

Cleary was inspired to write the novel after seeing an Australian pop star leaving Mascot airport for London:

He was surrounded by hundreds of squealing fans, reporters, photographers, and TV cameras. The TV kept zooming on to the faces of his parents, who stood a little away, looking totally bewildered by the whole thing. This intrigued me. How did ordinary parents feel when their son was caught up in a world far beyond their understanding?"[2]

Later in London Cleary travelled with a pop group for six weeks to do additional research. "I ended up with haemorrhoids of the eardrums. But, believe me, I found another world." [2]

Reception

The critic from the New York Times said "it is evident that the pop music scene is not an element in which Mr Cleary is very comfortable. His narrative skills are squandered on a frail recipe that lacks his customary involvement."[3]

Film rights were bought by the son of Walter Mirisch but no movie resulted.[1]

References

  1. Jon Cleary Interviewed by Stephen Vagg: Oral History at National Film and Sound Archive
  2. ""I'm disenchanted with Sydney...but it's home"". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 30 July 1969. p. 13. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  3. 'Remember Jack Hoxie', New York Times 14 Sep 1969: BR29
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