How to Talk to Rockstars by Alli Marshall
"This bright, fleet novel is a true delight—an engaging, perceptive, precisely observed, and slyly funny meditation on fame and love, in particular the love of music."
—Charles Frazier, winner of the National Book Award for Cold Mountain
"A very interesting take on the world of rock ’n’ roll. An unheard perspective."
—Joseph Arthur, musician and artist
Wallflower-turned-journalist Bryn Thompson has a dream job: she interviews rock stars. Bryn's professionalism keeps her on track, but also emotionally removed from the gritty world of back stage, bars, and drugs that she writes about. That is, until she meets musician Jude Archer, whose songs haunt her. As an unlikely friendship grows out of Bryn's obsession with Jude's album, Bryn begins to rethink all of the carefully-contrived rules that until now have helped her maintain a professional distance.
How to Talk to Rockstars is an exploration of love, loneliness, and rock 'n' roll. The novel was inspired by ten years of experience interviewing musicians for Mountain Xpress, in Asheville.
Alli Marshall grew up in Western New York and has called the mountains of North Carolina home for more than twenty years. She's a Warren Wilson College graduate and completed her MFA in creative writing at Goddard College. She's been named the best arts reporter in Western North Carolina in the annual Best of WNC reader's poll, 2011-2014.
She received awards in editorial reporting from the North Carolina Press Association in 2005 and 2014, and from the International Festivals & Events Association in 2004. She also took home top honors in the Cupcakes for the Cure bake-off (local ingredient category) — but that’s another story.
And though Alli doesn't like to brag or anything, over the course of her career she's interviewed Yoko Ono, Cyndi Lauper, Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes), Aimee Mann, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Michael Franti, Neko Case, Daniel Lanois, Ziggy Marley, Peter Murphy, Grace Potter, Jamie Lidell, Kishi Bashi, and many, many others.