On July 15, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen was joined by writer and musician Mikel Jollett, author of Hollywood Park, to discuss his New York Times bestselling memoir. Hollywood Park beautifully, painfully details the author’s journey from a troubled childhood – poverty, emotional abuse, addiction and an escape from the notorious Synanon cult – to the discovery of his voice as a writer and musician.
During this live, virtual event, Bob and Mikel discussed both the book and its companion soundtrack by Mikel’s band, The Airborne Toxic Event. Mikel and his bandmate, Miriam Peschet, also performed some of the songs that align with the stories in his written memoir.
Attendees were invited to join the conversation in the live chatroom on YouTube.
Courtesy of Celadon Books, you can listen to the first chapter of Hollywood Park or download it to read.
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