Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt

Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt

by Butch Walker, Matt Diehl

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Rolling Stone magazine called Butch Walker one of “America’s best singer-songwriters” and voted him a “Producer of the Year.” An American music industry giant, Walker has worked with some of today’s hottest talent, including Weezer, Katy Perry, Dashboard Confessional, Pink, Tommy Lee, Fall Out Boy, and The Donnas to name but a few. In his riveting memoir, Drinking with Strangers, Walker tells the fascinating story of his life and remarkable career, taking readers on a breakneck ride from his Georgia roots to the Hollywood music scene, and giving us a close up insider’s view of life behind closed recording studio doors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062101372
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 865,781
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Butch Walker is a recording artist, songwriter, and producer. He lives in Atlanta and Los Angeles. His latest recording with the Black Widows is The Spade.

Matt Diehl is the author of four books; his writing has also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, SPIN, W magazine, and Interview. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
CMFrancois More than 1 year ago
It seems every kid has the dream of becoming a rock star but few get or take the chance and make it happen. Walker did it twice. If you don't know Butch Walker, you should. Well paced, well versed, and extremely candid, his life and contact list read like a who's who musical graph of the past 35 years of American trends, classics, and icons. He magically transports you, allowing you a thoughtful and personal first hand look at the seedier and tantalizing aspects of music stardom, business and the heartfelt transformation of an innocent and passionate boy to the amazing man he is today. You may find yourself reliving the musical eras of your life, even emotionally or curiously searching YouTube for the bands and videos he mentions, as he invites you onto the roller-coaster ride of his career. He takes us through the history and evolution of the music industry, his many distinct personalities, and amazing life lessons with poignant honesty, ready wit, and sometimes a self defacing irony that never gets dull. His honest passion for his work, determination, humble appreciation for his friends and family, and lessons on never giving up as well as taking responsibility for your mistakes also makes it a great gift for any teenaged son or daughter who wants to know what it really takes to succeed, especially in the arts as well as in life. The Fates filled Butch Walkers life with enough characters, opportunities, and roadblocks to fill a few hundred more pages... or at least a few hundred more songs. I'll happily look forward to both. I never get tired of this man; Walker is one heck of a story teller, both in lyrics and in print.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written with just the perfect amount of humor thrown in. If you like Butch you will love this book, but it also has a little bit of something every music lover can appreciate, even if you aren't a big fan of his.
rkpk More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my husband after reading a review by Tom on MySpace, or he used to be on MySpace, but he was the Tom that was always your first friend on there. He was a Butch Walker fan and met him a few years back and was recommending the book as a good read. We live in Atlanta so the stories he tells about growing up are very visible to us, and the book is written very well in conjunction with a writer from Rolling Stone Magazine. My husband didn't put the book down until he was finished, and loved it. If you like stories about the music business, growing up in the eighties, big hair and the LA scene, you'll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His book was as honest and fun as his music
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Honest, gritty and fun! A def must read :)
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