'Punk was the brilliant sound and account of things falling apart, but its effect has been hard to replicate in writing, since writing lacks the force and rage of sound. BRUCE CAEN makes up for that - indeed, matches the effect - with a sustained narrative that makes that time and sensibility run deeper.'
'SUB-HOLLYWOOD is the story of a man who has nothing, is without direction, searching for something. For a time, he finds a way, thorugh art and the Los Angeles punk culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s. His passage makes for a riveting and hilarious tale, but also one that comes to trouble and madness. It moves to a shocking conclusion that is perhaps the most remarkable mating of dissolution and redemption that I've ever read.'
'SUB-HOLLYWOOD reads as an autobiographical narrative, but it incorporates elements of farce, tragedy, history and some essay. It bears fair comparison to the bold, first-person novels of Knut Hamsun, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Henry Miller, Leonard Cohen and Hunter S. Thompson, though it's also thoroughly modern and thoroughly of its own.'
'It is the story of things coming apart - which makes it the most valuable sort of story. There's not a false note or false home on any page. You can't imagine what awaits you here, and you can't forget it long after the last page.' -Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone