The Rock Bottom Remainders


By day, they’re authors.
Really famous authors.
But once a year they shed their pen-and-pencil clutching personas and become rock stars, complete with roadies, groupies and a wicked cool tour bus.
The Rock Bottom Remainders is a band that includes some of today’s most talented authors: Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr., Greg Iles, Stephen King, Matt Groening, James McBride, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, and Scott Turow. Between them, they’ve published more than 150 titles, sold more than 200 million books, and been translated into more than 25 languages.
For one week a year, they’re rock stars--artist-access-only, laminate-wearing, security-escorted rock stars with roadies and groupies. Four ringers help them out: drummer Josh Kelly, Erasmo Paolo on saxophone, Sam Barry on harmonica and Janine Sabino on vocals.
The Remainders were founded by Kathi Kamen Goldmark.
"In the fine rock & roll tradition, the Rock Bottom Remainders were conceived in a car,” says Kathy. “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!"
The group burst upon the world at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim. A write-up in the Washington Post described it as “the most heavily promoted musical debut since the Monkees.
Hailed by critics as having “one of the world’s highest ratios of noise to talent,” the Remainders have no music videos, no record contract, no Grammy® nominations—but do have over 159,000 hits on Google.
In addition to the  literary band members, rock legends such as Bruce Springsteen and the late Warren Zevon have done guest appearances.
In its 18 year existence, Rock Bottom Remainders have raised close to $2 million dollars for charity through their concert tours. 


The Rock Bottom Remainders

Mitch Albom Sings Billy Joel

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Wordstock 2010: Get On The Bus

OK. Well maybe there was only a bus from the train to the hotel, but groupies were still welcome! Couldn't make it to a concert? You can catch the highlights here!

DC  |  Philadelphia  |  NYC  |  Boston 

Meet the Band

  • Mitch Albom | Keyboard

  • Dave Barry | Lead guitar

  • Roy Blount, Jr.

  • Greg Iles | lead guitar

  • Kathi Kamen Goldmark | Vocals

  • Stephen King | Rhythm guitar

  • Matt Groening | Cow bell

  • James McBride | Saxophone

  • Janine Sabino | Vocals

  • Amy Tan | Vocals

  • Ridley Pearson | Bass

  • Scott Turow | Vocals

A Tribute to Frank McCourt

July 20, 2009

Over the weekend, I learned the sad news about Frank McCourt, a wonderful writer and a cherished friend, who died in New York at 78.

Frank was the most impishly intelligent man I knew, a permanent twinkle of the eye, a guy who could drop obscure literary references and an Irish drinking song into the same short sentence. His acclaim came late in life, waiting until he was in his 60?s ? his childhood was impoverished Ireland, his young adulthood an immigrant in New York, and most of his career was spent anonymously, as a schoolteacher in the Big Apple. But things laid out that way for a purpose...

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