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Thrill the world. Live the dream. Lose your soul.
‘RIDING HOUSE STREET’ is the story of the rise and fall of a pop star beginning with his desperate climb for success and ending with his quest to get redemption and forgiveness for the sins he has committed along the way. Its time frame is from the late 1980s to the present. In the late 1980s a penniless teenager from the counties, Al Lupton, arrives in London as a runaway. Keen to become a musician and find his fortune he instead cannot find a way to get out of the grim poverty he sinks into since he lacks skills, savings and any stability to make a proper start in life. Refusing to give up, Al finds a way to pay for music lessons. However he only gets his real start when he steals the cash savings of his piano teacher and uses the money to buy a keyboard. Forming a band with a talented female singer named Calliope, the duo win a ‘new bands’ concert and are able to successfully launch a tour. Going from strength to strength they find their big success in America and become a world class band. Suddenly blessed with the fame and fortune he dreamt of, Al is haunted by guilt over his crime stealing from his own teacher. Al and Calliope become lovers but Al cannot believe his good luck here either and becomes jealously paranoid. Despite the band’s greater and greater successes, Al is unnerved by his new life and finds it so hard to cope he eventually breaks up the band and ruins his loving relationship with Calliope. Tormented by a jealous tabloid journalist called Evel Tyler who has known and promoted the band from their earliest days, Al sinks into near poverty and obscurity again, trying intermittently to make musical comebacks but always finding his efforts sabotaged by Tyler. In 2010 Al has a showdown with Tyler at a London media club. He has an epiphany when he realises Tyler is jealous of him and the relationship he once had with Calliope and Al loses his fear of Evel’s influence in the tabloid press. Al participates in a music festival successfully and begins recording a comeback album, which to his astonishment Calliope offers to sing on. They nearly finish the album together, but then Al suffers a heart attack –literally a broken heart- shortly after Calliope reveals she is pregnant by and intends to marry one of Al’s former rivals for her affections. Although it literally destroys him inside, Al convinces Calliope he is happy for her. Al dies alone and without witnesses, but he has found peace knowing that Calliope is happy and by giving his blessing he did the right thing at last. Not long after, his comeback album is successfully released as a tribute to his life and career.