I have been informed that Amazon already has $14 paperback copies of This Music Leaves Stains available for sale. This is because, apparently, there never was a real “street date” for the release; it was just whenever the elves at Taylor Trade got it done. The projection was mid-October, but lucky for you, me, and the other Misfits fans of the world Taylor’s minions worked on the quicker tip (awesome, great job!). So why don’t you hit up Jeff Bezos’s Party Machine and cop my tome? Your local book retailer (Gram’s Reading Nook? The Bookmark?) probably won’t have This Music for another couple weeks. WHO CAN WAIT SO LONG?
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?
Q: Where can we library this book?
A: Thank you for using library as a verb. Worldcat.org 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?
For the past two years I’ve spent the majority of my free time furiously working on my first book, a biography of punk rock legends the Misfits. Even though I signed the publishing contracts in January of 2012 it’s only been in the last few months that the whole thing has started to feel real. What tipped it, I guess, is settling on a title and a cover. Now it can be revealed that in October/November of 2013 Taylor Trade will release in softcover This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story of The Misfits by me, James Greene, Jr. Retail price should be about twenty-five bucks.
Funny thing: if you were to look up This Music Leaves Stains right now on Amazon.com, you’d find a listing for a hardcover version coming out in March via Scarecrow Press priced at fifty bucks. As was explained to me by the Rowman Publishing overlords (the company what umbrellas both Scarecrow and Taylor Trade), this is the “library” edition of the book, the edition institutes of learning and knowledge like to snap up with all their fancy edu-ma-cation money. I think I wrote a really great book, but I don’t think it’s worth fifty bones. So my advice is ignore what’s on Amazon right now unless you’re a library or someone who has flagrant disregard for the value of all currencies.
So I bet you’d like to see the cover, huh?
Thanks to the graphic peoples at Scarecrow/Rowman for whipping this bastard up. It is based on a design yours truly assembled. The photos of the Misfits themselves, though, were taken by the talented and generous Kevin Salk.
Extra special thanks to family, friends, and regular readers who have supported me during this whole nutty endeavor. I love and appreciate you all. Couldn’t have arrived here without you. Stay tuned for more news—thinking up nifty promotional stuff and considering actually asking Bernie Casey to read the audiobook. Who knows what might happen!