Books: TWELVE RAVENS by Howard Rose. 405 pages. Macmillan. $6.95.

being at all spectacular, manages to steer clear of bathos, canned rage and the peculiar, subliminal blurriness that so often afflicts stories about musicians. Al Young's hero is MC Moore, a guitarist and songwriter for a teen-age group called the Masters of Ceremony. The Masters are one of countless Detroit combos manned by young blacks, hungrily looking for gigs and chances to record. In his peak year MC writes 75 songs. One of them, Snakes, becomes a modest local hit, earning the Masters a few hundred dollars as well as some small sense...

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