IN STORE: Robyn Hitchcock, author of 1967: How I Got There and Why I Never Left, in conversation with Sean Nelson

Robyn Hitchcock's author photo, credit Paul AndrewsSean Nelson's author photoParnassus Books is pleased to welcome Robyn Hitchcock to celebrate his new book, 1967: How I Got There and Why I Never Left, in conversation with Sean Nelson.

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Thursday, July 18th at 6:30pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks are strongly encouraged during this event.

About the Book

1967: HOW I GOT THERE AND WHY I NEVER LEFT explores how that pivotal slice of time tastes to a bright, obsessive-compulsive boy who is shipped off to a hothouse academic boarding school as he reaches the age of thirteen--just as Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited starts to bite, and the Beatles's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band explodes.

When he arrives in January 1966, Robyn Hitchcock is still a boy pining for the comforts of home and his family's loving au pair, Teresa. By December 1967, he's mutated into a 6'2? tall rabid Bob Dylan fan, whose two ambitions in life are to get really high and fly to Nashville.

In between--as the hippie revolution blossoms in the world outside--Hitchcock adjusts to the hierarchical, homoerotic world of Winchester, threading a path through teachers with arrested development, some oafish peers, and a sullen old maid--a very English freak show. On the way he befriends a cadre of bat-winged teenage prodigies and meets their local guru, the young Brian Eno.

At the end of 1967, all the ingredients are in place that will make Robyn Hitchcock a songwriter for life. But then again, does 1967 ever really end?

About the Author

Robyn Hitchcock is a rock 'n' roll surrealist. Born in London in 1953, he describes his songs as "pictures you can listen to." As much a child of Dalí, de Chirico, and J.G. Ballard as of his 1960s musical heroes, he is a master of the absurd, reveling in the beauty of the unexpected. His first publicly visible band, the Soft Boys (1976-81), has remained an influential art-rock touchstone for generations of musicians. Hitchcock has floated at a tangent to the mainstream for nearly five decades, and his songs have been performed by R.E.M., the Replacements, Neko Case, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Lou Barlow, Grant-Lee Phillips, Sparklehorse, and Suzanne Vega with the Grateful Dead, among others. He came of age in the 1960s while he attended Winchester College, an eccentric boarding school in the south of England. This is the subject of 1967, which is both a memoir and an album, released simultaneously. Hitchcock lives in London with his wife Emma Swift and two cats, Ringo and Tubby.

About Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson is a classic writer/ musician/ actor/ polymath/ self-styled flaneur type who first moved to Nashville in 1988 and then again in  2018. He has made lots of records (one of which went gold!), a handful of films, a mounting ash heap of podcasts, etc. Though like everyone else he can be found on social media, he still hasn’t surrendered to TikTok. His little book about Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark was the 40th entry in Continuum Books’ 33&1/3 series, and is frequently available on the shelves of Parnassus. 

Nelson has also been performing, touring, and recording with Robyn Hitchcock (as a kind of detachable Garfunkel) for 20 years. It’s his favorite thing in the world to do. 

Event date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781636142067
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - July 2nd, 2024