Rock Rules – Sunday
I’m betting a few of you are rock ‘n roll fans. Here’s a FREE event for you:
Henry will be discussing how The Rock Bible was conceived and created, and of course, the dos and don’ts of rock ‘n’ roll. He’ll then open up the floor to a Q&A followed by a signing.
Keep reading for more info. on the book!
Henry Owings’ The Rock Bible: Unholy Scriptures for Fans & Bands
Publication Date: October 2008 (Quirk Books)
The Rock Bible is the word on rock music and its cultural lifestyle from an insider’s perspective. Featuring chapters on The Gospel According to the Drummer, Guitar Players, the Singer, the Keyboardist, the Band, the Crew, the Fan, and The Book of Revelation, The Rock Bible lays down the all-too-true and often too-funny laws of what it’s like to, as they say, “live the life.” A collection of rock rules and witty observations sometimes rudely and/or raunchily delivered from the folks who know best (tour managers, tour promoters, musicians, fans of editor/author Henry Owings’
Chunklet magazine and Owings himself), The Rock Bible is a must-have for anyone who has ever been curious about, a fan of, or part of the music universe. Plus, it has faux-biblical illustrations, parables and essays from comedian Patton Oswalt, drummer Brian Teasely, and professional smartass Andrew Earles.
The Rock Bible on song lyrics: “Nobody is impressed with Charles Bukowski references in your lyrics. You, like every literate person, should have stopped reading Bukowski by age 20 . . . along with Burroughs, Kerouac, and, if you happen to be female, Sylvia Plath.”
The Rock Bible on drummers: “Drummers should never piss off their girlfriends. It’s the best way for them to end up homeless.”
The Rock Bible on touring: “The worst toilet paper in America is always better than the best toilet paper in Europe. It’s best to bring your own, especially to Germany.”
The Rock Bible on backstage antics: “From the second they were delivered, backstage couches at rock clubs are never cleaned. Think of the crazy things that have been done on or near these couches and then proceed at great personal risk.”
About author/editor Henry Owings: Henry is the publisher of the widely recognized Chunklet Magazine based in Georgia. He was in Entertainment Weekly‘s “It List” for his confrontational “100 Biggest Assholes In Rock” issue and has been taken to court by Mad Magazine for his similarly parodied issue. The Overrated Book, Henry’s first foray into book publishing, came out a couple years ago. Mostly under the Chunklet moniker, he has been a concert promoter since the late 80’s and has put on over 1,000 shows in his career. Through show promotion and the magazine, Henry went on tour with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’s Mr. Show comedy tour, and has subsequently worked very closely with the Comedians of Comedy tour, which has criss-crossed the country for the past four years and filmed specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. In addition, he’s produced six comedy releases for Patton Oswalt (Pixar’s Ratatouille) and was instrumental in getting Oswalt signed to Sub Pop last spring. Henry has recorded releases for The Oblivians and The Black Lips and has released records on his own label by The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Harvey Milk and Man or Astroman?. Finally, just to keep busy, Henry is also a full-time Grammy-nominated art director who has done graphic design work for such diverse artists as John Cale (Velvet Underground), Captain Beefheart and Charley Patton, and has also done book design for Mr. Show and political cartoonist/ columnist Ted Rall. In his spare time, Henry plays Whirlyball and does nothing else except sleep. Henry resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Sarah and dogs Bun and Dave. The Rock Bible is his second book.