PowerHouse Arena, Tuesday August 6: Book Launch

I will be celebrating the release of Turn Around Bright Eyes on Tuesday, August 6, with an extraordinarily awesome book launch at the great PowerHouse Arena in NYC's Dumbo, 7-9 pm. I will be reading (and singing!). Drinks will be served and there will be singing and it will be a glorious mess, not to mention FREE and OPEN to everybody. I would love to see you there.

The PowerHouse Arena is at 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY. It’s right near the High Street station on the A/C line, or the Clark Street station on the 2/3 line, although I will get there via the York Street station on the F line. Full info on the event, along with more info on the place, is below.


The Strand: Monday, August 5 with Rob Sheffield & Julie Klausner

On Monday, August 5, I’ll be chatting with the sublime Julie Klausner about “Turn Around Bright Eyes” at The Strand Bookstore in NYC, at 7 pm. Julie, of course, is the host of the “How Was Your Week?” podcast and the author of “I Don’t Care About Your Band.” The Strand, of course, is at 828 Broadway, on the corner of E. 12th Street, and the event is in the Rare Book Room on the highly sensual 3rd Floor. More info on this excellent event below. I would love to see your excellent self there.

Chuck Klosterman reviews Turn Around Bright Eyes

"What does it mean when a book makes you feel like you can sing?" Chuck Klosterman wrote an extremely excellent review of Turn Around Bright Eyes for Amazon.

From Chuck's review: "There is no question about life that Rob Sheffield cannot answer through the lyrics of a Top 40 song everyone else forgot to remember. He understands Rod Stewart the way Frederick Exley understood Frank Gifford. He understands made-for-TV Lifetime movies the way Joan Didion understood hippies. He understands Bon Jovi slightly more than the members of Bon Jovi. He understands why life hurts and why life feels good.

You know, I must be honest: karaoke scares me. It’s my greatest phobia. I could speak in front of 20,000 people, but I couldn’t sing in front of two. I’m a little ashamed of this fact, and there’s nothing I can do about it. But reading this book makes me feel like that fear doesn’t exist. It makes me feel like I just drunkenly sang “Whole Lotta Love” and totally killed it. I’m not even sure what that means.

What does it mean when a book makes you feel like you can sing?