Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event

Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic EventThe 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, written by Glen Hoos and edited by Julie Stoller, will be released by Lulu Publishing for worldwide distribution on October 5, 2016. Click here to purchase the book or eBook.

Below is the Table of Contents, with samples of the Prelude and first chapter.



The Writer


The Week from Hell
What’s in a Name?
Moving On
A Major Deal
TATE Unplugged
Torches and Pitchforks
The Snickering on This Flickering Screen
30 Shows in 30 Days
Island Getaway


Late Night
The Girls in Their Summer (Festival) Dresses
All I Ever Wanted
Touring with a Twist


The Bombastic
All At Once
Go Show
All At Once Videos


Hot Gossip
Wounded Warriors
Red Rockin’


A Timeless Secret
Such Hot Bombastics
Such Hot Blood
Label Wars


Hell and Back
Three Bassists and a Baby
Firing and Brimstone
Something New


The Fillmore
Dope Machines
Songs of God and Whiskey
Videos of Dope Machines and Whiskey
Riding the Whiskey Machine


Pursuit of Happiness


5 stars – a must have for any fan of The Airborne Toxic Event

on September 24, 2016
Like an Airborne Toxic Event song this band biography is a meticulously crafted work of art.. The handiwork of super-fan Glen Hoos (of TATE’s fan blog, Toxic History reaches back to chronicle the origins of the band and document the highlights of their now decade long musical career in a tome that is well-researched and an engaging read. Sprinkled with photos from some of the finest concert photographers in the world, Toxic History is essential addition for the bookshelf of any Airborne Toxic Event fan.


5 stars – There are biographies, and then there is Toxic History

on September 24, 2016
Toxic History is an incredible biography that is clearly written by a passionate fan. It doesn’t just list facts and events, it told a story that no one else has taken the time to tell. Through interviews, articles, and the bands own words, this author has managed to put together an amazing account of how the band got to where they are today. If you are a fan of the band, this book will rock your world. And if you are not a fan of the band, I promise this book will change your mind.


5 stars – Excellent book on the history of THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT …

on October 4, 2016
Excellent book on the history of THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT I can recommend this book to any music fan.
the book chronicles the bands 10 year history and contains some great photos taken by concert photographers
Glen Hoos ( ) has captured the essence of the band it’s a a great read I loved it !!!


5 stars –A must have for any indie rock music fan

on September 22, 2016
“Toxic History” excels at representing a biographical subject of such rich diversity. It is simultaneously a carefully chronically history and a great piece of entertainment. A must have for any indie rock music fan.


Click here to purchase the book or eBook.

2 Comments on Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event

  1. Thank you Glen and Julie for all your hard work and time in putting Toxic History together. Nothing short of amazing for the us TATE fans!

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