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Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt [Kindle Edition]

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.

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The artist named by Rolling Stone as one of America’s best singer-songwriters and the 2005 Producer of the Year shares the inside story of his music career

From his days with one-hit-wonder band the Marvelous 3 to his current work producing some of today’s hottest talent—from Weezer and Katy Perry to Pink, Avril Lavigne, and Panic! at the Disco—Butch Walker has proven himself a major influence in contemporary pop music. But the road to success wasn’t easy. Drinking with Strangers takes you into the studio and onto the stage, offering a rare glimpse into a life defined by raw talent, determination, a drive for perfection, and some ridiculous haircuts.

At age seventeen, Walker left small-town Georgia with his hair metal band and headed for the mean streets of Los Angeles. Full of piss, vinegar, and Jack Daniel’s (mostly the latter), these young Southern musicians were determined to become the biggest band on the Sunset Strip and land a major-label record deal. After many false starts—including an ill-fated concert tour of China—Walker’s rock-and-roll fantasies hadn’t quite come true, so he embraced the do-it-yourself approach. Taking control of his destiny, he learned to make success on his own terms, but not without some memorable, occasionally drunken stumbles along the way. Walker’s adventures taught him a number of life lessons he shares here with insight and candor, revealing the blessings of failure—and what it’s really like to spend your life going from gig to gig, drinking with strangers.

In a voice as wry as his lyrics, Walker pays tribute to his influences, from his parents to Mötley Crüe, from KISS to both Elvises (Presley and Costello). He offers a clear-eyed yet humorous look at the music business—the greed, the booze, the drugs, the infighting, the swindles, the unfulfilled promises—and explores its bad side, too. In documenting his rise to the middle, Walker frankly describes the delicate balance between success, selling out, and just knocking back another shot of whiskey to numb the pain.

Whether or not you are familiar with Walker’s music, Drinking with Strangers is a must-read for anyone who wants to make it in the music world, covering such essential topics as the digital revolution and its impact on both performers and producers, the art of creative collaboration, and what it’s really like to work with cutthroat competitors who might steal your soul (and your song). Unflinchingly told, Walker’s twenty-year journey of failing upwards becomes an unforgettable rite of passage.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3313 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061787310
  • Publisher: William Morrow (25 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XVN1KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read from a great artist 7 May 2013
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An enjoyable insight into the life and talents of one of my favourite artists. It's an interesting look into the world of Butch Walker and the stories behind the music he has written and performed, as well as an authentic overview of the changing music industry. Hugely entertaining, touching and genuine, 'Drinking with strangers' is an education and an inspiration for 'strangers' and fans alike. It demonstrates a passion and integrity rarely found within the music industry nowadays. And if you don't have it already, buy 'The Spade'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd 27 Jan 2013
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Great gift - bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas and he loved it. Fantastic cd - recommend buying this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come on God, please give him 38 more! 1 Oct 2012
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Butch Walker and Matt Diehl have combined to write an autobiography that has a very strong voice, making it feel when you're reading it as if you're sat next to Butch at a bar, listening enraptured as he tells you all about his life; and what a life it's been!

I've been a fan of Butch's since the days of the so-called one hits wonder, Marvelous 3. Though many might only have heard of their smash hit 'Freak of the Week', there's so much more to this uber-talented songwriter and musician, and together Walker and Diehl guide you from his early adventures in hair metal, through to the massive highs and lows with Marvelous 3 and then out again the other side as he somehow emerges relatively unscathed to become the solo artist he is now.

For anyone with even a fleeting interest in the music scene, this autobiography really isn't to be missed. Butch holds nothing back, and the result is a fascinating insight into the debauched, cut-throat nature of today's popular culture, all with his own personal touch that makes you understand just why it is that over the years he's found himself drinking with so many strangers at bars across the world. Who can possibly resist listening to this modern day troubadour tell his tales? Not me, that's for sure.
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Just finished reading this book after owning it for a day and a half, could hardly bear to put it down, one of the best autobiographies I have ever read.
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