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This book made a lot of my "heros" real...
on December 7, 2012
I grew up with every intention of becoming a touring musician, I had two dreams! to write books and travel with a band. So, to me, this book is incredibly in tune with my inner soul. I think, had this book been available in the mid nineties, I would have tried a little harder with the bands I played with.
I grew up idolizing the guys from Hot Water Music, the Bouncing Souls, and At the Drive In. To me, they were mythical beings who added to my everyday experience. Fortunately for me I was able to live in Southern California and catch them, sometimes 3 nights in a row on tour. But looking up to them, and hearing them bear their souls on stage and in your ears everyday, gives you a disoriented view of who they really are. The words within this book changed that for me. I see that they are professional in every aspect of their lives. Honest and heartfelt in what they do, and most of all really know it is about the fans, respect, showmanship and how lucky they are to be able to live out their dreams, as hard as it may be on body, mind, and soul.
I suppose I thought I was going to uncover raucous stories of touring, and wild times of travel, but I was, at last page, relieved it was not that. Had it been, these guys would have stayed the same until my dying days. Although I still can say everyone who added is still a musical genius/industry god in my mind, the realness to hear their inner voice was very comforting.
This is an imperative piece of writing for any band thinking of heading out on the road. Read this and follow the words of the true "Kings of the Road." These boys have been at it a long time, they know what they are talking about, and have proven themselves in some of the harshest conditions this life can offer.
If you are like me, a child of this indie generation, read this book, I know you will feel the same as I do. Although I picked up the kindle version, I definitely will be securing a hard copy for my library. The addition of the "infamous" K8isGreat was really cool, HWM and Souls shows were always my favorite. What a great treat to be able to get a little insight into the real world of what is and was such a part of me.