Drinking with Strangers (Enhanced Edition)
Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt
Butch Walker & Matt Diehl
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
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.
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.
I have been a fan of Butch Walker for many years now. In fact, his music is a really big thing for me and my little sister, who lives five hours away. It connects us. We never miss his shows when he hits up The Magic Bag in Detroit, MI! I bought this book on iTunes because the local Barnes and Noble didn't have it in stock the day it came out. Let me say, I am so glad I did. This book is light-hearted and straight-forward at the same time. I couldn't put it down. The extras in the enhanced version are so worth it too. I haven't stopped singing "Are you getting all the love you need". From Letters and The Spade, the journey he has taken has been very clear. It's so incredible to have the backstory with it now too and to get to know the inspiration for some of the amazing songs he has written.
Drinking With Strangers
Why am I surprised by how engulfed I became reading Butch's book? I laughed, I sobbed loudly, I could not put it down. His storytelling ability is not limited to songwriting, almost with a kind of rhythm, his words flowed evenly, and his thoughts were perfectly captured by the pages which seemed to turn on their own. Hook after hook. Expressing ones thoughts, dreams, memories and ideas is not easy to do. I always knew Butch by the musician he was. I have to say that I did not expect to recognize him in the pages of a book he wrote. I was prepared to express consolation and understanding, given the medium limits someone like him (I thought) to mere words backed up by a white page. Congratulations are in order as Butch slaughtered some of my favorite authors on enjoy ability and that's stuck in my headness.