The Rock Bottom Remainders were a 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 band's members included Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Cynthia Heimel, Sam Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Joel Selvin, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus, Greg Iles, as well as professional musicians Josh Kelly on drums, and Erasmo Paulo on saxophone. Founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark died on May 24, 2012. The original band members collaborated on a book about the band, Mid-Life Confidential. Published author Al Kooper also was a member for some time.
The Remainders was founded by Kathi Kamen Goldmark in 1992. Kathi was then a musician whose day job was in book publicity. Through this, she met many prolific authors. One day while driving one of the authors around she came upon the idea of making a band of them. It stuck. The Remainders' first performance was in 1992 at the American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim, California. A review of the concert, appearing in The Washington Post , claimed it was "the most heavily promoted musical debut since The Monkees."
The Remainders also played at the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995.
In April 2010, they began the Wordstock Tour presented by the Pearson Foundation and We Give Books, benefiting the children and schools of Haiti.
The Remainders gave their last concert on June 23, 2012 at the annual conference of the American Library Association in Anaheim, where they played their first concert 20 years before. The event, cosponsored by ProQuest, raised money for library and information science scholarships.
The Remainders performed together for the last time on the August 6, 2012 episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on which both Stephen King and Dave Barry were guests.
- "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels." -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
- "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
- "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
- 1995, Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (opening)
- A version of the band with at the very least Barry and Albom and Ridley Pearson and Warren Zevon also played at the Miami Book Fair in 1997
- 2012, Anaheim: American Library Association convention
Songs covered include 
Several RBR songs are featured on the double album Stranger than Fiction ("Don't Quit Your Day Job" Records), also featuring other noted authors' comic attempts at song. 
External links 
- ^ a b c d e McGrath, Charles (June 4, 2007). "Rock On, but Hang on to Your Literary Gigs". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- ^ Green, Lynn (May 24, 2012). "Kathi Kamen Goldmark". BookPage. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- ^ American Library Association (2012). "ALA/PROQUEST Scholarship Bash". Retrieved July 3, 2012.
- ^ King, Stephen, with Dave Marsh, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Tad Bartimus, Roy Blount, Jr., Michael Dorris, Robert Fulghum, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Matt Groening, Barbara Kingsolver, Al Kooper, Greil Marcus, Joel Selvin. Mid-life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude, Hodder & Stoughton, 1994, 448 pages. ISBN 0-340-61754-3
- ^ I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon