Drinking with Strangers (Enhanced Edition)
Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt
Butch Walker & Matt Diehl
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This memoir is enhanced with classic photos not found in the book, seven of Butch Walker's greatest hits, plus a brand new song, "Are You Getting All the Love You Need?", only available here. Larger file size may cause longer download than expected.
From his days with one-hit-wonder band the Marvelous 3 to his current work producing some of today's hottest talent – from Weezer and Katy Perry to Pink, Avril Lavigne, and Panic! at the Disco, Butch Walker has proven himself a major influence in contemporary pop music. Drinking with Strangers takes you into the studio and onto the stage, offering a rare glimpse into a life defined by raw talent, determination, a drive for perfection, and some ridiculous haircuts along the way. But the road to success wasn't easy.
Walker's adventures taught him a number of life lessons he shares here with insight and candor, revealing the blessings of failure and what it's really like to spend your life going from gig to gig, drinking with strangers. A must-read for anyone who wants to make it in the music world, Drinking With Strangers reveals an insider's perspective on the impact of the digital revolution, the art of creative collaboration, and how to survive amongst cutthroat competitors who might steal your soul (and your song). Unflinchingly told, Walker's twenty-year journey of failing upwards becomes an unforgettable rite of passage.
I laughed, I cried, I instagramed
I read this book slowly and hesitantly because I was afraid that knowing too much about my favorite songwriter would tarnish the bond I have with his songs. Thankfully, I was wrong. This book is full of stories about experiences and people that are all too familiar, and yet told from a perspective that is unknown to me. This book is not necessary reading for a butch fan, but mandatory reading for a true music fan.
Trying to decide? ...Buy it!
I went to HS with Butch, watched him play in Rome. This is such an honest account of the "rock star" life - hope & hype. But "Brad" shows that you don't have to sell out - well, maybe a little to learn you shouldn't. You don't have be an inch deep and a mile wide to be a success. Congrats Brad...on being you.
Excellent Read About The Music Industry
In his own snarky, sarcastic and utterly honest way, Butch Walker has written a must-read expose of the music industry and everything that is wrong with it.
Aside from chronicling an extremely interesting and sometimes heartbreaking career in "the biz," Butch manages to unveil some revelations about the music industry (most notably, exactly how crappy bands like Creed made it big in the late 90's).
If you're a fan of 80's hair metal, 90's alternative or 2000's pop, this book is a must read. If you're a Butch Walker super fan, you'll have heard many of these stories, but there is still plenty of new material.
The enhanced e-pub contains an unreleased Butch song, but it was clearly left off an album for a reason - one of his most boring songs to date. Speaking of the enhanced e-pub, having some of Butch's best solo songs leading into chapters was a nice touch.
All in all, this book was worth every penny of the $15.99 I spent on it. After buying it, do yourself a favor and buy tickets to see Butch play a live show when he's in your area. He is one of the greatest musical front men of this generation and he's always "keeping the rock alive," even at the ripe old age of 41.