The Rock Bottom Remainders are an American rock and roll band, consisting of published writers, most of them both amateur musicians and popular English-language book, magazine, and newspaper authors. The band took its self-mocking name from the publishing term "remaindered book", a work of which the unsold remainder of the publisher's stock of copies is sold at a reduced price. Their performances collectively raised $2 million for charity from their concerts.
The Remainders last performed together on the August 6, 2012, episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on which both Stephen King and Dave Barry were guests (although the segment was taped in June 2012 when the band was in town for the ALA concert).
In September 2014, it was announced that the Remainders would reunite to perform at the Tucson Festival of Books in March 2015. On March 15, 2015, the band's reunion was referenced in Merl Reagle's syndicated Sunday crossword puzzle. Titled "Book Notes," the crossword included the band's name and several puns using names of writers who were members.
"I picked up one of the two guitars I'd been using, and just as we were about to start, Stephen King tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'We have a special guest.' I turned around, and there was Bruce Springsteen. I still don't know how he came to be at this convention; I don't believe he's a bookseller. All I know is, he was picking up the other guitar. My guitar. 'Bruce,' I said to him. 'Do you know the guitar part to "Gloria"?' This is like asking James Michener if he knows how to write his name." – Dave Barry
"Your band's not too bad. It's not too good either. Don't let it get any better, otherwise you'll just be another lousy band." – Bruce Springsteen
"People are throwing panties at you. They certainly never do that at my book-signings." – Matt Groening
"There's an audience out there, and the key is to kick it in the ass." – Stephen King
"Roy actually coined the term for our genre of music; 'hard-listening music.' " – Dave Barry
"Most people seem to think critics are as useful as tits on a priest." – Joel Selvin
1992, Anaheim: American Booksellers Association convention
1993, Various cities: The 'Three Chords and an Attitude' tour - 6 dates on the US East Coast
1995, Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (opening)
Several RBR members are featured on the double album Stranger than Fiction ("Don't Quit Your Day Job" Records), along with other noted authors' comic attempts at song.
Dave Barry, Tad Bartimus, Roy Blount Jr., Michael Dorris, Robert Fulghum, Kathi Goldmark, Matt Groening, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Al Kooper, Greil Marcus, Dave Marsh, Ridley Pearson, Joel Selvin and Amy Tan, Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude, 1994, with photographs by Tabitha King.
Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Roy Blount Jr., Matt Groening, Greg Iles, Stephen King, James McBride, Roger McGuinn, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, and Scott Turow, Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (Of Authors) Tells All, 2013. The interactive ebook combines essays, fiction, musings, candid email exchanges and conversations, compromising photographs, audio and video clips, and interactive quizzes to give readers a view into the private lives of the authors.
^12.,14.,15.,16.,17.,18. Rosenthal, Susan. All entries in paragraph form have appeared onstage in Miami, between 1996 and 2012. I've got the signed RBR T-shirt and audiotapes to prove it.
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