“God gave her the ugliest face in the world; then HE hit it with a shovel.” But T’s African Bird Gods will avenge womankind.
“Sex And Gods And Rock And Roll” is an amusing adventure trilogy in a similar genre to Roddy Doyle’s “The Van” and “Commitments”, intended for the same commercial market. The three books follow the exploits of a 1970s pop band on their Continental travels. The overall theme of the trilogy asks the question: Are we in control of our own destiny or is fate in the hands of an outside force? Each book centres on a different legend of a particular god or gods who influence the lives of the musicians. First in the series is “Curse Of The Ju Ju Bird Gods”. On a shopping spree to Austria, T, the female vocalist acquires four African bird statues and learns that according to legend they are protectors of Womankind. From the moment T acquires the fetishes; mystical retribution is visited on any male sexism that takes place within their vicinity. T’s husband Colin christens the statues the “Ju Ju Birds”. Colin and drummer Adam, two staunch chauvinists, are prime targets for the reckoning dispensed by the Birds.