How could we forget those rascally Rock Bottom Remainders? As it says on the website: “Between them, they’ve published more than 150 titles, sold more than 150 million books, and been translated into more than 25 languages. But for one week a year, they’re rock stars.” There are fifteen founding members of the Remainders, which includes Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Roy Blount, Jr. Scott Turow was added to keep things legal. Or just to wear a funny and very unflattering rainbow wig while singing. Who knows? You can see Amy Tan getting her dominatrix/Village People look on above, and you can hear Dave Barry destroy everything that is holy by singing “Wild Thing” here.
Doug Johnstone is a Scottish writer and member of the band Northern Alliance, and also holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics. Johnstone’s second book, The Ossians, is about a band touring Scotland’s seedy bar circuit, and his new book, Smokeheads, is out today. It’s a thriller about a group of thirtysomethings who travel to the Scottish Highlands in search of delicious whiskey, but (you guessed it) things go terribly awry along the way. Speaking of things going awry, here’s Johnstone performing his song, “Bjork is Calling Out From the Wreckage.”
The legendary poet and songwriter performs “Horses” and “Hey Joe” in 1976 on the Old Grey Whistle Test.
Carroll was best known for penning The Basketball Diaries, but he was also famous for the song, “People Who Died,” which ended up making an appearance in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. His cameo in the 1985 disaster, Tuff Turf, was really the only good thing about the film (besides the outfits, of course).
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In 2003, Pollack was on The Daily Show advertising his band and his book, Never Mind the Pollacks. Jon Stewart plays a song excerpt from the Neil Pollack Invasion around 4:02, which contains the lovely refrain, “New York City is a pile of shit.”
So tell us: Which writers turned rockers did we miss?