bet on yourself: a few thoughts from Mikel Jollett

I recently got to particulate in a virtual book tour event with Mikel Jollet, frontman of The Airborne Toxic Event and author of the new memoir, Hollywood Park.

I’ve been an Airborne fan for years and seen them play live many times, but listening to Jollett speak was special in ways I can’t quite articulate.

During the two hours he spent as a floating head on my computer screen (the result of COVID-induced safety measures, of course), he read excerpts from his memoir, played a few songs, and wove together the story of his relationship with his father, a drug-addled ex-convict doing his best.

Throughout the evening, I was reminded time and time again why I was drawn to Jollett’s work from the start. He’s a world-class storyteller, whether the vehicle is his songwriting, his prose, or his anecdotes.

Jollett recently gave an incredible interview with Finneas O’Connell, which touched on many of the themes from the event: memory, childhood trauma, and art-making as gift giving.

If you want to be an artist, then make some fucking art that means something to you, that speaks to your world and makes your world feel bigger and scares you a little bit.

Cheers to that.

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