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!