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Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of celebrated writers smitten with rock 'n' roll glamour, gladly submitted when independent publicist Kathi Karmen Goldmark conceived the idea of forming a literary rock band to perform at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim. The band members--including Dave Barry, Matt Groening, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver and Amy Tan--had so much fun with that gig that they decided to take their show on the road, playing clubs from Boston to Miami on a jaunt financed by the advance on this book. Each writer/rocker contributed an article on ``what being in a band has meant to me.'' Their various musings, ranging from the comic to the portentous, straddle the line between the charming and the pompous. The Remainders lapse at times into cliches and stereotypes--i.e., that ``real'' rockers are illiterate--which make them sound like frat boys and sorority sisters slumming. But even if this project is nakedly self-indulgent, for the most part it is self-aware. And Barry's and Groening's reflections are better than that--hilarious. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Organized by a literary publicist for a charity event at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention, the Remainders are the world's most literate rock'n'roll band. Members (and associates) include Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Roy Blount Jr., and Robert Fulghum; rock veteran Al Kooper served as musical director. In May 1993 the Remainders reunited for a nine-city "tour" of the East Coast. This is an account, with contributions by everyone in the band (and photos by King's wife, Tabitha) of that crazy month. As the title suggests, more than a few authors use the experience to examine seriously (or humorously) what attracted them to playing "Louie Louie" in public. The results are mixed; this will be of more interest to fans of the authors than music aficionados. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/94.]-Thomas Wiener, formerly with "American Film"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452274594
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Survivors of the Siege (Personnel)
The Rock Bottom Remainders' 1993 "Three Chords and an Attitude" Tour Itinerary
Song List 1993
Do You Hear What I Hear? Nah, It's Just the Fax Machine: A Documentary History of the Rock Bottom Remainders Before the Tour 1
The Neighborhood of the Beast 15
I'll Take the Blame 41
From Acid to Antacid (Al Kooper's Version) 59
Cujo Meets the Booger Man: The Rehearsals 71
I Had This Revelation in the Crew RV 83
The Critics Chorus 99
Mid-Life Confidential 111
I Dreamed I Danced With Stephen King in Kathi Goldmark's Maidenform Bra 125
Name of the Chapter - Broadway Chapter 135
Chain of Fools 149
How I Infiltrated the Rock Bottom Remainders 165
The Bosnian Connection 177
I Didn't Get Paid Enough 183
Confessions of the Reluctant Remainder 195
Appendix I. The Henley Episode and Its Ramifications 205
The Remainders: A Rock 'n' Roll Saga That's Stranger Than Fact 219
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