Jittery White Guy Music: The Book
Naturally, all my friends suggested I write a legal thriller, as every lawyer with a yearning for creative writing seems to feel obligated to do, but I had no interest in that. What I had an interest in was my lifetime passion for rock music. And while I've read a ton of memoirs by rock stars (this year alone I read some excellent books by Liz Phair, Amy Rigby, Carrie Brownstein, and Jeff Tweedy), and I've read plenty of terrific books by professional music critics (Rob Sheffield and Steven Hyden among them), I didn't see much out there from the vantage point of the ordinary (if mildly obsessive) fan, talking about how we as average listeners relate to the songs and albums and artists that shape our lives.
Anyway, the book is nearly done. I don't see it as something having wide enough appeal to generate interest from a publisher, so I decided to follow the path of many of my musical heroes and go the DIY route, self-publishing it on Amazon for anyone interested in giving it a shot. I'm hoping to go live in the next couple weeks. Meanwhile, here's a short sample, including the intro and a couple chapter excerpts, should you care to check it out. (I'd love to hear your feedback; feel free to DM my Twitter account or drop a comment below.)
Naturally, being a book about music, there is a playlist to go along with it, picking up most of the songs/artists discussed (in rough order of mention in the book).