Sci-Fi Help - Forgot the name of the greatest Sci-Fi book I ever read!

Nov 15, 2020
Can't recall the name of the greatest sci-fi book I ever read. I read it in Asia in 1989. Probably an American author; Takes place largely in NYC in early 21st century. Heroes are an authentic rock and roll band who insist on creating their own music even though "The Charts" are dominated by hits created by computers using samples of the voices of great 60's singers and groups such as Janis Joplin. Videos involve the use of computer generated 3-D images of the artist singing the song.

In NYC, a large percentage of the population lives caged in behind large fences. They are given daily rations of kibble to eat and stay alive. This is the extent of kindness supplied by the powers that be.

I cannot remember the plot line; the book was well worn when I found it in a shop selling used books.
As I age, finding this book has become a bucket list exploration; any help is greatly appreciated.
Nov 15, 2020
Well, it's good that music seems to be created to meet everyone's taste, although I'm sure there are folks out there that don't like music at all. For some people it might be a classic opera in a fine performance center or jazz in a dimly lit club at midnight or a raga performed on the banks of the Ganges or rappers dueling in a park; or it might be on an elevator, riding up and down a few dozen times to hear some "elevator music." For me, it's the live performance, experiencing our species create musical art of all types, preferably, with friends, in a small venue.

As Dr. Hook put it:
"And some folks loves ham hocks and some folks loves pork chops and some folks love vegetable soup;
But Roland the roadie loves Gertrude the groupie, but Gertrude the groupie loves groups"