The Ultimate Final This Music Leaves Stains F.A.Q. (For Now) [UPDATED 11/7/14]

A compilation of queries folks keep asking. If I’ve missed one, shoot me an e-mail at the address listed above.

Q: Where can we buy this book?

A: This Music Leaves Stains is available via Amazon and also via the publisher. It is not available via me or my blog.

Q: Where can we library this book?

A: Thank you for using library as a verb. keeps a relatively up-to-date listing of which bibliotecas around the globe carry TMLS. Notable institutions include the Rock n’ Roll HOF Library & Archives, the AUC Library in Cairo, the Bavarian State Library in München, the BnF in Paris, and Walla Walla Community College.

Q: Where the fudge are all the pictures?

A: Here. A budget was not in place to license all the photos I wanted to include (photographers like to get paid when you put their stuff in a book).

Q: But didn’t you get an advance or something with this book deal? Why didn’t you use that money, you greedy dollar-grubbing turd?

A: Don’t believe everything you see on all those glamorous prime time writer dramas. Rowman Littlefield is an academic publisher; in lieu of some fat check upfront I got creative autonomy and sweet sweet sales royalties.

Q: Kinda low page count, huh?

A: I turned in a 240-ish page manuscript. The powers that be shrunk the font down (without excising any text) for whatever reason. Maybe to save some trees? You know, it’s not the number of pages, it’s what you do with them.

Q: If I see you in the street and I have the book with me will you sign it?

A: Of course. I never thought I’d make something as cool as this book and I’m overjoyed that anyone would sink any kind of interest into it. If you buy it in any kinda format I’ll sign it! I’ll sign your e-reader, I don’t even care!

Q: Any response from the Misfits since the book’s release?

A: Bobby Steele posted on Facebook that he felt “vindicated” by some of what I wrote. That made / makes me feel great. Everything else I hear is secondhand, so I can’t vouch for total accuracy.

Q: When can we expect an updated edition?

A: Probably in a few years. It’s up to the publisher to determine the best time to re-release the book to cover all the stuff that’s happened with the band since the first edition.

Q: Will This Music Leaves Stains ever be available as an audio book?

A: Only if I can get someone really cool to read it, like Bernie Casey. Bernie Casey’s into the Misfits, right?

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