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, 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.
TOXIC HISTORY: THE STORY OF THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT
The Week from Hell
What’s in a Name?
A Major Deal
Torches and Pitchforks
The Snickering on This Flickering Screen
30 Shows in 30 Days
The Girls in Their Summer (Festival) Dresses
All I Ever Wanted
Touring with a Twist
ALL AT ONCE
All At Once
All At Once Videos
SUCH HOT BLOOD
A Timeless Secret
Such Hot Bombastics
Such Hot Blood
Hell and Back
Three Bassists and a Baby
Firing and Brimstone
Songs of God and Whiskey
Videos of Dope Machines and Whiskey
Riding the Whiskey Machine
Pursuit of Happiness
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 !!!