No Encore!: Musicians Reveal Their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarrassing Gigs
A reading and Q&A with author Drew Fortune and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk/The Mountain Goats/Bob Mould Band)
Monday 8/5, 7pm
This hilarious, sometimes horrifying, collection spans four decades and chronicles the craziest, druggiest, and most embarrassing concert moments in music history—direct from the artists who survived them.
From wardrobe malfunctions to equipment failures, from bad decisions to even worse choices, this is a riveting look into what happens when things go wrong onstage and off.
No Encore! is an unflinchingly honest account of the shows that tested the dedication to a dream—from Alice Cooper’s python having a violent, gastric malfunction on stage to Lou Barlow’s disastrous attempt to sober up at Glastonbury, from Shirley Manson’s desperate search for a bathroom to the extraordinary effort to made to awaken Al Jourgenson as Ministry was taking the stage. As Hunter S. Thompson famously wrote, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Drew Fortune is a pop-culture journalist and screenwriter, who has been actively publishing for the past ten years. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Vulture, but his writings on music, film, and television have been published in Cosmopolitan, Playboy, SPIN, Billboard, the A.V. Club, Stereogum, and many others. His favorite bands are Ween, Superchunk, and the Replacements. He loves fly fishing and loitering in record stores.
Jon Wurster has been the drummer for Chapel Hill indie rock legends Superchunk since 1991. He's also the man behind the kit for the Mountain Goats and punk-pop pioneer Bob Mould. Though he barely graduated high school, Wurster has written articles for McSweeney's, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Modern Drummer, Spin and other publications. Wurster has written for TV shows like Monk, Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job! and Squidbillies and his voice can be heard in episodes of The Simpsons, Steven Universe, Documentary Now!, Adventure Time as well as audiobooks by Chuck Klosterman and Michael Azerrad. Wurster is one half of the radio/podcast comedy team Scharpling and Wurster.