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A Conversation With Jason Heller and Lol Tolhurst
August 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a conversation between Lol Tolhurst and Hugo Award winner Jason Heller at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach. The two authors talk books, music, sci-fi and everything in between. The conversation will be followed by both authors signing copies of their books.
LOL TOLHURST is a musician, author, and performer. He is best known as a founding member of the band that virtually invented alternative music, The Cure. Lol’s first book was published in 2016. Cured – The Tale Of Two Imaginary Boys is a memoir that draws together the threads of his life and art… so far!
JASON HELLER is Hugo Award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The Atlantic, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and others. His latest novel is Taft 2012. Jason currently plays in the internationally touring post-punk band Weathered Statues and is a resident DJ at various events including 45s Against 45: An Anti-Trump Dance Party. He lives in Denver.
Heller’s new book STRANGE STARS explains how science-fiction and music came to depend on each other throughout the decade. With Bowie as their leader, Heller ties some of pop music’s most influential names into a single narrative including: Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, Parliament-Funkadelic, Kraftwerk, Rush, Devo, and X-Ray Spex, while also including the more obscure musicians of the decade who nonetheless helped influence the scene.
Taking a deep look at the world surrounding the music, STRANGE STARS is close study of the musicians, lyrics, sounds, genres, influences, mythology, instruments, dances, costumes, cover art, marketing, and stage sets of the 1970s and their science-fiction themes. Heller shows how every genre of music – from funk, rock, glam, prog-rock, electronic, reggae, Afrofuturism, punk, post-punk, and synth-pop— contain influences of science-fiction.