Author Event: Michael Elliott with David Menconi
Page 158 Books is pleased to present authors Michael Elliot and David Menconi in conversation about Elliot’s book HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, out now. This will be a digital author event hosted on our Crowdcast channel. Registration for this event can be found here.
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH is a journey through an artist's quest for success, deep dive into substance abuse, family tragedy, and ultimate triumph.
By the mid-1980s, singer-songwriter John Hiatt had been dropped from three record labels, burned through two marriages, and had fallen deep into substance abuse.
It took a stint in rehab and a new marriage to inspire him, then a producer and an A&R man to have a little faith. By February 1987, he was back in the studio on a shoestring budget with a hand-picked supergroup consisting of Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums, recording what would become his masterpiece, Bring the Family.
Based on author Michael Elliott's multiple extensive and deeply personal interviews with Hiatt as well as his collaborators and contemporaries, including Rosanne Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and many others, Have a Little Faith is the journey through the musical landscape of the 1960s through today that places Hiatt’s long career in context with the glossy pop, college-alternative, mainstream country, and heartland rock of the last half-century.
Michael Elliott is a staff writer for the pioneering roots music authority No Depression. His music writing has also appeared in PopMatters and The Bitter Southerner. Elliott spent close to thirty years in radio as operations manager, music director, program director, and disc jockey in a variety of formats. He has interviewed and produced profiles on musicians as diverse as Isaac Hayes, Charlie Daniels, Delbert McClinton, Johnny Rivers, and Little Richard. He lives in Raleigh, NC
David Menconi is a journalist and author in Raleigh. He spent 34 years writing for daily newspapers, 28 of those years at the Raleigh News & Observer.
Menconi is the author of “Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown”, “Comin’ Right At Ya: How A Jewish Yankee Hippee Went Country” and “Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk”.
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