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Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll

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Publisher Comments:

Everyone knows the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures 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, Watersheds 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 cant 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 Joes friendships and the strength of his marriage, as hes 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.

Review:

"This insightful and entertaining story of a band that almost-but-didn't-quite make it big in the 1990s is equal parts fascinating autobiography and a hilarious and savvy look at the harsh realities of the music industry. Oestreich, a professor and writer, is also a singer, songwriter, and bass player for the rock band Watershed. Formed in high school with his longtime friend guitarist Colin Gawel, Watershed grows from its home base in Columbus, Ohio, to Midwestern regional favorite, and finally gets a recording deal with Epic Records. Unfortunately it's a brutally quick ride from almost having a hit single to being dumped by Epic — although it is the most fascinating part of the book. But this is not a story of failure, just a different kind of success. Oestreich basically agrees with his drummer that 'by most quantifiable standards, playing in a rock band is stupid' — low pay, bad food, and sleeping in a van on 'straight nine-hour' drives to gigs — but he just flat-out loves playing his music, and Watershed still makes the occasional and always well-regarded performances. Agent: John Rudolph, Dystel & Goodrich Literary Management. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A classic underdog story about a local band that almost hits the big time.

 

Everyone knows the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity. What happens when you chase a dream into middle age and, in doing so, risk losing the people you love?

Synopsis:

Every band chases a dream. This one cant stop.

We all know the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity. Years after getting signed—and dropped—by Epic Records and watching their more famous peers call it quits, Joe Oestreich and his band, Watershed, keep climbing into the Econoline and touring mop bucket bars. But Joe cant help but wonder: Are he and his bandmates—torn between the lure of the road and the call to finally settle down—admirable or pathetic? Successes or failures? And most importantly, in their quixotic struggle to live out a dream, do they risk losing the people they love?

About the Author

Joe Oestreich has published essays in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. His work has been shortlisted for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, The Best American Essays 2008 and 2009, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2010. He teaches creative writing at Coastal Carolina University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762779246
Author:
Oestreich, Joe
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Author:
Oestreich , Joe
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This insightful and entertaining story of a band that almost-but-didn't-quite make it big in the 1990s is equal parts fascinating autobiography and a hilarious and savvy look at the harsh realities of the music industry. Oestreich, a professor and writer, is also a singer, songwriter, and bass player for the rock band Watershed. Formed in high school with his longtime friend guitarist Colin Gawel, Watershed grows from its home base in Columbus, Ohio, to Midwestern regional favorite, and finally gets a recording deal with Epic Records. Unfortunately it's a brutally quick ride from almost having a hit single to being dumped by Epic — although it is the most fascinating part of the book. But this is not a story of failure, just a different kind of success. Oestreich basically agrees with his drummer that 'by most quantifiable standards, playing in a rock band is stupid' — low pay, bad food, and sleeping in a van on 'straight nine-hour' drives to gigs — but he just flat-out loves playing his music, and Watershed still makes the occasional and always well-regarded performances. Agent: John Rudolph, Dystel & Goodrich Literary Management. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

A classic underdog story about a local band that almost hits the big time.

 

Everyone knows the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity. What happens when you chase a dream into middle age and, in doing so, risk losing the people you love?

"Synopsis" by ,
Every band chases a dream. This one cant stop.

We all know the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity. Years after getting signed—and dropped—by Epic Records and watching their more famous peers call it quits, Joe Oestreich and his band, Watershed, keep climbing into the Econoline and touring mop bucket bars. But Joe cant help but wonder: Are he and his bandmates—torn between the lure of the road and the call to finally settle down—admirable or pathetic? Successes or failures? And most importantly, in their quixotic struggle to live out a dream, do they risk losing the people they love?

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