New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/20/2012 -- A Far Cry From Sunset – A New Book by Billy Franks
"ANYONE IN, THINKING OF GETTING IN OR OUT OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS, OR ANYONE WHO IS SIMPLY A LOVER OF GREAT MUSIC, SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. THEN THEY WILL KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO DEDICATE A LIFE TO SOMETHING YOU LOVE" MARC GEIGER - VICE PRESIDENT - WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY
A Far Cry From Sunset
In the summer of 2005, three friends and I took an eight month journey across the two continents of America and Europe. We were on a mission: - to get ten of the world’s most famous recording artists to record a tribute album to an unknown songwriter; - And that songwriter would be me. And as we travelled we were going to make a road movie; an epic chronicle of our quest, and a testament to our friendship. We made it and we called it, Tribute This! The adventures we had and the people we met changed my life profoundly. Not only its present but also how I viewed its past. Apart from our struggles with managers, publicists, security and even one or two of the artists themselves, we ran into so many people from ordinary walks of life; cab drivers, hotel porters, fans standing in line to see their heroes, who couldn’t do enough to help or encourage us on our journey. For one long summer, we lived life so brilliantly; so full of laughter and a gathering sense of achievement that I wondered if the artists we were pursuing ever got to see life in anything like the same way. In contrast they seemed so protected, so hidden away, so cut off from the world that, towards the end of our travels, the thought occurred to me that, at that point in time, I wouldn’t swap one year of their lives for one day of ours. My hope is that, in reading my account of those heady days, you will understand why.
"ANYONE WHO HAS SEEN BILLY FRANKS PERFORM WILL KNOW HE HAS TALENT, PASSION AND INTEGRITY. THIS BOOK IS A FUNNY, AFFECTING AND EXTREMELY CANDID ACCOUNT OF WHY THOSE ARE THREE THINGS THAT WON’T HELP YOU GET AHEAD IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS."
CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE - NOVELIST
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - TOM PETTY - STEVE EARLE - ROD STEWART - AARON NEVILLE - ELVIS COSTELLO - HUEY LEWIS - BON JOVI - BRYAN ADAMS & PAUL MCCARTNEY
These are the ten acts we pursued to appear on that tribute album. To make it easier on them we promised all the money from the record would go to the kid's charity, Youth Music.
We filmed every step of the way.
How did we get on? - From the gracious to the grueling this book tells all.
It's the tale of four friends on an outrageous quest.
It's a story about second chances.
It’s an adventure of epic proportions.
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