Following up on a tweet from earlier tonight, I started (and finished) reading Butch Walker's Drinking with Strangersbook this evening. Gotta love birthday presents. I've got to say that anyone in a band, especially those curious about the highs and lows of the music industry (and its shifting dynamic) should definitely check it out. And for anyone that has any sort of interest in the pop/rock/punk wave of music, Butch's career, or the behind the scenes stories of one of the most important producers and song-writers in music, let alone our scene: it's a must read.
Reading Butch's take on the music industry, the difference between a good song and a 'hit,' and his interactions with everyone from Gabe Saporta to Lindsay Lohan - truly was one of the more engaging reads I've had in a long while. I learned about his hand in songs (huge songs) that I didn't know he was involved in. I was enthralled with his take on auto-tune and co-writes in general. I read about people I've met, worked with, and a few I can't stand (turns out, my instincts were pretty good). His hardened been-through-it-all outlook on the music industry, weaved through names you'll recognize, is as real and true as an book on the industry I've read.
If you're not a fan of Butch's music (or haven't checked him out -- shame on you), odds are you've been exposed to his work in one way or another ... and with that in mind, I highly recommend it to everyone. It reads relatively quickly, carries quite a bit of sarcastic wit, and if you're anything like me -- you'll find it hard to put down.
I got this book a few months ago and have been encouraging all of my friends to read it. Everyone that has, has not been dissappointed in the slightest. After reading this, it just cemented Butch as one of my favorite artists. If you haven't had a chance to check him out live, do so now. By far, the best live show I have ever seen.
Also if you don't know he is releasing a documentary as well. Here is the trailer: