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February 13, 2013


Martin Sorrondeguy is probably best known as a member of bands like the legendary punk band Los Crudos and hardcore crew Limp Wrist, but tonight (2/13) he'll be showcasing an entirely different side of his personality. Sorrondeguy will be in attendance for an exhibition of photos from his book Get Shot!, showing tonight at The House (on 2/13, 509 Brushy, between 5th & 6th). Head over to check out some great photos for free starting at 7PM.

Get Shot! features portraits, candids, and names from the hardcore/punk scenes - past to present, like Hoax, Fugazi, Framtid, Warcry, Born Against, Rorschach, Charles Bronson, Culo, Pegboy, Kriegshog, and way too many others to mention here. The book is a must see for fans of punk rock and hardcore. Whether you can or cannot make it to the show, order your copy via Maximum Rock n Roll.

July 12, 2012

Dave Hill enjoying a Def Leppard concert 7/11/2012 (via @mrdavehill)

Dave Hill is a lot of things: comedian, band member, TV host. Add to that book author. Dave Hill's very funny new tome, Tasteful Nudes, is out now and is the perfect book to read since you finally finished A Dance With Dragons and Fifty Shades of Grey. Here's a little more about it from the man himself:

Hi. My name is Dave, and this is my very first collection of essays. As you can probably imagine, it pretty much has everything. In fact, if you like stories about stolen meat, animal attacks, young love, death, naked people, clergymen, rock 'n' roll, irritable Canadians, and prison, you have just hit a street called Easy because my book talks about all that stuff and a bunch of other stuff, too.
Dave, most recently seen shirtless at a Def Leppard concert in New Jersey, will be hawking his new book and reading from it and signing things at Austin's Book People on Saturday, July 14 at 7PM. Do stop by.

April 10, 2012

Sam McPheeters

American journalist, artist, and former frontman of Born Against, Sam McPheeters has a new book out, titled, The Loom of Ruin. McPheeters, also previously involved with the bands, Wrangler Brutes, and Men's Recovery Project, has written for Vice, the Village Voice, the Huffington Post, and his own blog.

On McPheeters site, he offers a summary of the novel, released April 1, via Mugger Books.

"The book concerns Trang Yang, the angriest man in the world, and could be described as "satire", or "a dark comedy", or "a story in which lots of terrible things happen to a lot of good people."
He also published a three-chapter excerpt on Vice if you're interested in previewing more.

Sam is now on the road, touring in support of this book (his first novel), with a few scheduled stops in Texas. His tour is split between spoken word events, and book readings, and while in Austin he'll be doing both (and more). On May 8 McPheeters will be doing a spoken word event at End Of An Ear Records at 6 p.m., followed by an appearance at Alamo Drafthouse at 9:45 p.m (introducing 1988's "Miracle Mile"). The next day (May 9) he'll be reading excerpts from The Loom of Ruin at Domy Books Austin (not to be confused with Domy Books Houston where he'll be on May 10).

All tour dates are listed beelow...

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February 14, 2012

Mike Doughty

That's a picture of Mike's new memoir, and you can hear him sing and read from it twice at the Cactus Cafe in Austin tonight (2/14):

"Mike Doughty and his book "The Book of Drugs." He'll read gleefully dark, haunted, and funny stories about addiction, the rise and bitter collapse of his band Soul Coughing, playing songs in between. There'll even be a Q&A with the audience."
Happy Valentine's Day! More dates at Mike's site.

November 29, 2011

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter was at BookPeople in Austin on 10/5 to discuss his novel, Bright's Passage. "If I seem a little nervous, that's because I am." A visibly nervous Josh explained that performing music was easier for him than reading aloud in public, citing that the guitar "covers more vital organs... books are much smaller." He read several excerpts, and performed 3 songs in between readings for the packed audience.

He took a brief Q&A afterwards, covering topics like the influence of touring with Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding) while Wes was writing his first book - Wes was so calm and happy while writing that Josh thought it might be a good idea for him as well. He also talked angels appearing as characters in both book and song - and about how private a thing writing can be (and the difficulties sharing it with those close to him), and the confidence he gained through his editor's support. Finally, he explained the idea that stepping towards writing allowed his musical "fallow field" to regenerate, and for him to return to it ready and refreshed.

He performed once again to wrap the event. For those interested in getting their copies signed - instead of sitting behind the big signing table provided, Josh stood on the customer side. He warmly greeted all, and gave hugs to all those who waited in line.

More pictures and video from his visit below:

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