Hitless Wonder A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll

ISBN-10: 0762779241
ISBN-13: 9780762779246
Edition: 2012
Authors: Joe Oestreich
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Description: Everyone knows the price of fame.Hitless Wondermeasures the price of obscurity. What happens when you chase a dream into middle age and, in doing so, risk losing the people you love?     This book recounts the two-week tour that forces Joe  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 6/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Everyone knows the price of fame.Hitless Wondermeasures the price of obscurity. What happens when you chase a dream into middle age and, in doing so, risk losing the people you love?     This book recounts the two-week tour that forces Joe Oestreich—singer, songwriter, and bassist of the band Watershed—to decide if he and his longtime bandmates still have a future together. In the mid-‘90s, Watershed’s large Midwest following led to a six-figure deal with Epic Records. But the band never had a hit, and the label dropped them. Seventeen years later, long after their more famous peers have called it quits, Watershed keeps climbing into the Econoline and touring mop bucket bars.      But Joe can’t help but wonder: Are he and his bandmates—approaching forty with wives and kids and mortgages—admirable or pathetic? Successes or failures? The tour tests the bonds of Joe’s friendships and the strength of his marriage, as he’s torn between the lure of the road and the call to finally settle down.           An accomplished journalist and creative writing instructor, Oestreich tells his story with humor, heart, and unflinching honesty. Readers—from Baby Boomers to Gen X-ers—will be deeply moved by his voice, while appreciating his quixotic struggle to live out a dream.

Joe Oestreich has published essays inEsquire,Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. His work has been shortlisted forThe Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007,The Best American Essays 2008and2009, andThe Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2010. He teaches creative writing at Coastal Carolina University.

Prologue: Columbus, Ohio
The First Leg
The Headliners Detroit, Michigan
Happy Days Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Busload of Faith Chicago, Illinois
Racing in the Street Columbus, Ohio
The Second Leg
Going Mobile Cleveland, Ohio
Rock and Roll Professionals Toledo, Ohio
The Call Up New York, New York
The Majors New York, New York
Left of the Dial Baltimore, Maryland
It's a Long Way to the Top Charlotte, North Carolina
Celebrating the End of Hope Charleston, South Carolina-Raleigh, North Carolina
The Best Is Yet to Come Columbus, Ohio
Liner Notes
Credits
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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