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STEVE ALMOND explains how Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

Harvard Book Store

Friday, April 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Harvard Book Store is excited to host New York Times best-selling author STEVE ALMOND, as he presents Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, a musical extravaganza in celebration of his new book about obsessive fandom. The evening will include literary explorations of classic hits by Styx, Toto, and other bands you are now ashamed to admit you once loved, along with other selections from the book, which Publishers Weekly calls "a hilarious riff on the power of music." The show will close with a live set by the utterly rocking Boris McCutcheon & The Salt Licks.

With a life that’s spanned the phonographic era and the digital age, Steve Almond lives to Rawk. Like you, he’s secretly longed to live the life of a rock star, complete with insane talent, famous friends, and hotel rooms to be trashed. Also like you, he’s had to settle for the life of a rabid fan, one who has converted his unrequited desires into a (sort of) noble obsession.

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life traces Almond’s passion from his earliest (and most wretched) rock criticism to his eventual discovery of a music-crazed soul mate and their subsequent production of two little superfans. Along the way, Almond reflects on the delusional power of songs, the awkward mating habits of drooling fanatics, and why Depression Songs actually make us feel so much better. The book also includes:

• sometimes drunken interviews with America’s finest songwriters
• a recap of the author’s terrifying visit to Graceland while stoned
• a reluctant exegesis of the Toto song “Africa”
• obnoxious lists sure to piss off rock critics

"Required reading for all us fans and musicians who belong to the Church of Rock and Roll." —Aimee Mann

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