FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2016 is a historic day for The Airborne Toxic Event: the 10-year anniversary of the band’s first show, at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA.
Appropriately, that date will also mark the official release of the first biography of the band. Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event, written by Glen Hoos and edited by Julie Stoller, will hit store shelves on The Airborne Toxic Event’s landmark day.
The 361-page book, published by Lulu Publishing, exhaustively chronicles the first decade of the band’s career: from the hellish week that drove Mikel Jollett into a dark apartment and spawned the songs that launched an indie rock sensation, to the band’s attempts to build on their early accomplishments (with mixed results), through the 2015 double-album release of Dope Machines and Songs of God and Whiskey.
From the back cover:
The tortured artist is a familiar figure; even cliché. But clichés become cliché because they contain a kernel of truth. And the clichéd truth is, sometimes the most exquisite beauty arises from the ugliest of ashes.
Ten years ago, a distraught freelance writer locked himself in a room and furiously scribbled his way out of a cataclysmic week.
A cancer diagnosis for his mother. An auto-immune disorder diagnosis for himself. A break-up with a long-term lover. Pneumonia. “And then a bum threw up on me and a truck ran over my cat,” the unfortunate soul adds with a snicker.
Mikel Jollett’s journey has taken him from the painful to the profound and back again. In the process, he has managed to excavate something stunning from beneath the cursed ruins of death and disease, disappointment and despair.
Though Jollett entered his hovel intent on penning the great American novel, when he emerged a year later, it was not with the fictional book he had in mind, but a book of songs fueled by all too real tragedy. Those songs required a band, and that band would be The Airborne Toxic Event.
This unlikely group, a collection of five players from wildly diverse musical backgrounds, became an even unlikelier success story. Defying all established conventions about how success was supposed to be achieved in the early 21st century music business, they forged their reputation on the back of a surprising smash single, expanded it through relentless touring, and solidified it with a singular body of work that blends punk, folk, pop, symphony, literature, poetry and – above all – naked honesty.
Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event is now available through Lulu Publishing (Book|eBook). After October 5, the book will be available in print and digital formats from all major online book retailers. To request a digital review copy, please contact the author.
the book chronicles the bands 10 year history and contains some great photos taken by concert photographers
Glen Hoos (thisisnowhere.com ) has captured the essence of the band it’s a a great read I loved it !!!