Remainders - Early Version (1992-1994)
Top l to r: Greil Marcus, ringer Josh Kelly, Robert Fulghum; Bottom l to r: Roy Blount, Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Dave Marsh (no longer with the band), ringer Jerry Peterson, Stephen King, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Joel Selvin, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus, Amy Tan, Kathi Goldmark; Photo Credit: Tabitha King. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Rock Bottom Remainders:Don't miss the Rock Bottom Remainders at Webster Hall in New York on June 1, 2007! For details on the show and to purchase tickets, check out their website at www.rockbottomremainders.com.
New York City -- June 1, 2007
Stranger Than FictionCheck out performances by these Remainders on the Stranger Than Fiction CD: Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr., Greil Marcus, Joel Selvin, Matt Groening, and Kathi Kamen Goldmark.
In the News...Excerpts from the "Getting over 50" article by Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Examiner, October 28, 1998
Barry says he stays young by playing hoops with his 18-year-old son, and by playing the occasional gig (book conventions mostly) in the much-ballyhooed all-author rock band, The Rock-Bottom Remainders - a publishing term for books that don't sell. Among the rotating band members: Amy Tan, Roy Blount Jr. ( "he calls us 'hard-listening,'" quips Barry), Stephen King, Kathy Goldmark, Ridley Pearson, even Barbara Kingsolver once upon a time.
"We're really bad, but we have so much fun it's ridiculous," he claims. "We do it for charity and as Amy says, 'Man, this is so cool I'd do it to KILL some whales!'"
Early DaysThe Remainders' 1992 video liner notes by Kathi Goldmark tell how the the Rock Bottom Remainders started. "In the fine rock & roll tradition, the Rock Bottom Remainders were conceived in a car. As a semi-pro musician with a day job in book publicity, I spend a lot of time driving touring authors around San Francisco . . . I decided to form a band of authors! We could burst upon the world at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim!" And for a good cause, too. Proceeds from the first show went to the Literacy Volunteers of America, the Homeless Writers Coalition, and the Right to Rock Network.
After hammering out a set list, practicing with the rehearsal tape made by Ridley Pearson, and three days' intensive rehearsal under Al Kooper's direction, the Rock Bottom Remainders took the stage of the Cowboy Boogie club in Anaheim. The results are recorded for posterity on The Rock Bottom Remainders video. The set list included "Money," "Nadine," "Sea of Love," "Louie Louie," "Bye, Bye Love," "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Double Shot of My Baby's Love," "Take Out Some Insurance," and "Ripple."
"The band plays music as well as Metallica writes novels," said Dave Barry. But it was FUN. Ridley Pearson saw it as "Being up there on stage you get to do all of the things you can't do when you're stuck in front of a word processor for 10 hours a day. It's sort of like being released from jail." Joel Selvin said, "The magic of the Remainders is that they got to be a rock band -- a royally treated rock band -- without having to play like one."
Stephen King first suggested getting the band back together for the 1993 ABA convention in Miami. The band played the Bottom Line in September 1992 to celebrate the video's release . . . and Stephen had bigger ideas . . . what about a five-city tour in 1993 ending at the ABA in Miami? Well, it actually happened. Tad Bartimus named it the "3 Chords and an Attitude Tour," and it hit the road in May 1993. On the tour, the Rock Bottom Remainders played gigs in Providence, Northampton, Cambridge, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville, and Miami. And there's a book (and T-Shirts) to prove it. Each band member contributed a chapter to the book, Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude (Viking/Signet 1994).
The list below reflects the original lineup and the people involved in our products. Several people listed are no longer with the band, and some new members are not included. Mitch Albom joined the Remainders a couple of years ago on keyboards when Barbara Kingsolver and Al Kooper left, but he didn't participate in any of the projects we sell. He wasn't in the band yet when we did the video, book and the t-shirts, and he didn't have time to participate in the Stranger than Fiction CD.
Some of the Remainders appear on our CD STRANGER THAN FICTION! Check out performances by these Remainders on the Stranger Than Fiction CD: Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr., Greil Marcus, Joel Selvin, Dave Marsh (no longer with the band), Matt Groening, and Kathi Kamen Goldmark.
On the front "3 Chords and An Attitude" and band caricatures by Gretchen Schields and on the back "Suspend Your Credibility." Comes in paprika, size large. Price: $17.00 USD