“For some of us, music is true religion, and Catholic to boot. Steve Almond comes off as devout —and divided—as any altar boy. His strange and funny book should be required reading for all of us fans and musicians who belong to the Church of Rock and Roll.” —Aimee Mann
“Almond deftly straddles the line between intellectual and fan. He veers smoothly between funny, cruel takedowns of rock fatuity while registering its emotional impact … a hilarious riff on the power of music.”—Publishers Weekly
“Whether he’s writing about the depressing beauty of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ or stalking a favorite musician in the men’s room, there’s observational sharpness, unflinching honesty and biting humor. You’re compelled to read to see how music and love and life intersect for him. The result is the nonfiction equivalent of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a knowing and exhilarating look at how one man dove headfirst into rock music and emerged on the other side intact.”—BookPage
“Addictive, impertinent fun …[Almond’s] hilarious musings seem to contain elements of both Hornby and David Sedaris, but he’s truly a character of his own idiosyncratic making.”—Booklist
From the Hardcover edition.