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How clear are your memories from childhood?
Mikel Jollett: I mostly grew up in the wreckage of Synanon, since we left when I was so young. It came to me like a puzzle I had to put together, almost like separate realities with different rules: Here are the Rules According to Synanon (you have no parents, you are a new type of human who doesn’t need them, nothing is yours), here are the Rules in the Great Big World (no one talks to each other, you’re very poor, your mother is very sad). It took my brother and me a long, long time to piece together the reality that a functional adult might have about the situation, that we’d escaped a cult that had once done good things for addicts (including our father), that our mother was severely depressed, and that these experiences were unique in some ways and quite common in others.
So I wrote the book from that perspective, at least at the beginning: that of a child trying to piece together the reality of the changing world around him; because that’s how I experienced it. There were mysteries. What is a restaurant? (We’d never been in one). What is a car? A city? And, most devastatingly, what is a family? Because we simply didn’t know.
In the book, I just present it whole, the way it came to me in my life: like a mystery I couldn’t quite fathom that I had to piece together over a lifetime.
Hollywood Park, The Album
In conjunction with Mikel Jollett's memoir, The Airborne Toxic Event has released an album by the same name. Hollywood Park is a 12-song concept record that acts as a soundtrack to the book. Available from Amazon Music.
"A memoir that is dangerous, immediate and lyrical from the jump"
―The Wall Street Journal
“A Gen-X This Boy’s Life...Music and his fierce brilliance boost Jollett; a visceral urge to leave his background behind propels him to excel... In the end, Jollett shakes off the past to become the captain of his own soul. Hollywood Park is a triumph."
―O, The Oprah Magazine
“Mikel Jollett Changes the Memoir Form”
―Maris Kreizman , LIT HUB’s SHELTERING Podcast
“Jollett’s story serves as a potent reminder that while we cannot change the hand we’re dealt, our freedom lies in what we choose to do with those cards.”
―Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game, THE MILLIONS
"Mikel Jollett, the front man of indie band Airborne Toxic Event, chronicles his tumultuous life. Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction and emotional abuse. What comes through the pages is a story of fierce love and family loyalty."
―Good Morning America, 20 Books We're Excited for in 2020
"A painstaking emotional accounting of a tortured youth ultimately redeemed through music, therapy, and love."
―Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
"The frontman of rock band Airborne Toxic Event chronicles, in gorgeous and exacting lyricism, his harrowing coming-of-age within (and eventual escape from) the Church of Synanon, a violent religious cult."
―O, The Oprah Magazine, The 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (so Far)
“Jollett engagingly narrates his story...result[ing] in a shocking but contemplative memoir about the aftermath of an unhealthy upbringing.”
―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"...Engaging and heartbreaking. A good choice for fans of memoirs about overcoming dysfunctional childhoods like Educated and The Glass Castle."
"Mikel Jollett’s gripping memoir starts with a harrowing escape from a cult where he was raised without parents, only to be thrown into a more chaotic world where he’s raised by them. With a childhood defined by neglect, poverty and uncertainty, Jollett’s story serves as a potent reminder that while we cannot change the hand we're dealt, our freedom lies in what we choose to do with those cards. Hollywood Park is an illuminating and redemptive account of one man’s search for meaning, family, and love."
―ADRIENNE BRODEUR, author of Wild Game
"Violent and tender and incandescent, Hollywood Park is as touching as it is shocking. Jollett deftly dissects his struggle to unburden himself of the damage he inherited from his broken family, with insights that are brutally honest and psychologically astute. It tore me apart."
―JANELLE BROWN, New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear and Pretty Things
“Hollywood Park is amazing. Mikel Jollett takes the shards of a broken childhood – imagine a life where escaping from a violent cult is somehow not a path to safety – and makes it a universal story of the struggle to find connection in a brutally beautiful world. His story zigs where you think it’s going to zag, and even the most irredeemable characters somehow surprise us with their tenacity. It’s a complicated story with a simple payoff: this is how the light gets in, this is how an artist gets made.”
― GLEN DAVID GOLD, author of Carter Beats the Devil
“Hollywood Park is the often heartbreaking, always honest story of a confused boy struggling to make sense of a crazy world. It’s filled with pain, poverty, and violence but also with surprising love, rock and roll, and unexpected triumphs.”
― DARIN STRAUSS, NBCC-winning author of Half a Life
“This is a memoir, but it’s also a song―a lyrical labyrinth that weaves and mesmerizes, all the while proving there’s nothing more dangerous or powerful than a parent’s love. Hollywood Park is a magical debut. Loved it.”
― BRAD MELTZER, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist
“Hollywood Park is full of moving portraits of Jollett’s brother, his father, and his band of contemporaries. To read these pages is to love them right along with him.”
― SEAN WILSEY, author of Oh the Glory of It All
- Print Length : 369 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : May 26, 2020
- File Size : 3186 KB
- Publisher : Celadon Books (May 26, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07YLJZVYD
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,861 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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