Rarely do I blog about the books I read, but this one was worthy of a Friday Fave.
I just recently finished “Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll” by Joe Oestreich, bass player in Columbus, Ohio band Watershed. I’ve read a lot of rock and roll memoirs from the likes of Bob Mould, Butch Walker, Jacob Slichter of Semisonic, Jennifer Trynin, etc., but I’ve enjoyed none as much as Hitless Wonder, and not just because Joe is going to be a guest on the Dig Me Out Podcast with myself and Jason in the near future.
Joe’s ability to tell parallel stories, chronicling the history of Watershed while giving a gig-by-gig account of a sparsely attended late 2000′s tour causing strain on both his personal life and the band itself, is what really set this apart for me. It wasn’t simply, this is what happened, followed by this, to get to this point. It was brutally honest, funny, infuriating and poignant. And some of it struck a nerve, which always helps.Social tagging: bob mould > book > Columbus > friday fave > hitless wonder > joe oestreich > music > ohio > watershed