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BOOK REPORT: AARON LUNSFORD’S “BACKSTAGE: HOW I ALMOST GOT RICH PLAYING DRUMS IN A CHRISTIAN HARDCORE BAND”

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BOOK REPORT: AARON LUNSFORD’S “BACKSTAGE: HOW I ALMOST GOT RICH PLAYING DRUMS IN A CHRISTIAN HARDCORE BAND”


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“I am really excited to announce the release of my first book, “Backstage: How I Almost Got Rich Playing Drums in a Christian Hardcore Band”. The book takes you behind the scenes of my band, As Cities Burn, covering the early days of our career. I take an unfiltered and brutally honest approach to addressing what it’s like to tour and “make it” as a band, while trying to navigate the expectations of the “Christian” music scene.” —Aaron Lunsford

Aaron Lunsford’s debut memoir was everything I wanted and more. Honest and raw, Lunsford doesn’t hold back a thing. He discusses the good, bad and ugly of the Christian Hardcore scene, even semi-bashing fans in a chapter titled “Fan Festivus” (but we can’t be bothered to feel offended because he is just so darn charming).

Reading Backstage is like palling around with your best friend – if your best friend was drummer in a famous band and had the mouth of a sailor. This book brought up some major nostalgia for me, taking me all the way back to 2007, seeing As Cities Burn for the first time in a small coffeehouse in Springfield, MO. It doesn’t matter if you’re an ACB fan or not, I’ve never read a book that speaks about behind-the-scenes realities of being in a band with this much conviction and clarity. Aaron speaks openly about confrontation, divorce, bad decisions, selfish feelings and even suicide. I think part of the appeal is hearing Lunsford say all the things that everyone is thinking but no one would dare to publish in a book. He even admitted on the Bad Christian Podcast (link below) to hoping that his parents would never read what he wrote.

 

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You should read this book if you:

  • Are in a band
  • Want to be in a band
  • Love As Cities Burn
  • Like music in general
  • Want to be cool

I laughed, I cried, I recommended it to all my friends.

Backstage will be officially released on BC Words September 15 and you can preorder it here. In the meantime, fans who just can’t get enough of Lunsford’s extraordinary ramblings can visit his blog (aaronlunsford.com) and read about Music, Food & Travel, and Ham Rumors (you’re just going to have to read this one to figure out what that means). You can also check out a super cool interview with Aaron on the Bad Christian Podcast OR on iTunes.

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BOOK REPORT: AARON LUNSFORD’S “BACKSTAGE: HOW I ALMOST GOT RICH PLAYING DRUMS IN A CHRISTIAN HARDCORE BAND”


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“I am really excited to announce the release of my first book, “Backstage: How I Almost Got Rich Playing Drums in a Christian Hardcore Band”. The book takes you behind the scenes of my band, As Cities Burn, covering the early days of our career. I take an unfiltered and brutally honest approach to addressing what it’s like to tour and “make it” as a band, while trying to navigate the expectations of the “Christian” music scene.” —Aaron Lunsford

Aaron Lunsford’s debut memoir was everything I wanted and more. Honest and raw, Lunsford doesn’t hold back a thing. He discusses the good, bad and ugly of the Christian Hardcore scene, even semi-bashing fans in a chapter titled “Fan Festivus” (but we can’t be bothered to feel offended because he is just so darn charming).

Reading Backstage is like palling around with your best friend – if your best friend was drummer in a famous band and had the mouth of a sailor. This book brought up some major nostalgia for me, taking me all the way back to 2007, seeing As Cities Burn for the first time in a small coffeehouse in Springfield, MO. It doesn’t matter if you’re an ACB fan or not, I’ve never read a book that speaks about behind-the-scenes realities of being in a band with this much conviction and clarity. Aaron speaks openly about confrontation, divorce, bad decisions, selfish feelings and even suicide. I think part of the appeal is hearing Lunsford say all the things that everyone is thinking but no one would dare to publish in a book. He even admitted on the Bad Christian Podcast (link below) to hoping that his parents would never read what he wrote.

 

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You should read this book if you:

  • Are in a band

  • Want to be in a band

  • Love As Cities Burn

  • Like music in general

  • Want to be cool

I laughed, I cried, I recommended it to all my friends.

Backstage will be officially released on BC Words September 15 and you can preorder it here. In the meantime, fans who just can’t get enough of Lunsford’s extraordinary ramblings can visit his blog (aaronlunsford.com) and read about Music, Food & Travel, and Ham Rumors (you’re just going to have to read this one to figure out what that means). You can also check out a super cool interview with Aaron on the Bad Christian Podcast OR on iTunes.

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