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A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
By: Ben Folds
Narrated by: Ben Folds
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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From genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir reflecting on art, life, and music that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult classic songs.

Ben Folds is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, beloved for songs such as "Brick", "You Don’t Know Me", "Rockin’ the Suburbs" and "The Luckiest".

In A Dream About Lightning Bugs Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming, funny, and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.

From growing up in working class North Carolina childhood amid the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting to painful life lessons he learned the hard way, he also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multi-decade, multi-faceted career in the music business.  

A Dream About Lightning Bugs embodies what Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.

Advanced praise:

"I’m gonna learn to read for this." (Josh Groban)

"I read this in one glorious, giant gulp. As a fan of your work and as a musician, this is truly a gift...moments for me to geek out, moments to laugh and cry and many fragments of pure, hard won wisdom and honesty." (Jamie Cullum)

"A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell. This intimate look at his life from his own unique perspective is a rare and unforgettable gift that does what Ben Folds always has done for me as an artist and a friend: encourages me to be more myself, with a lot of swear words." (Sara Bareilles)

©2019 Ben Folds (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Australia

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Brilliant!

Loved this audiobook and all the little musical bits! Highly recommend. Folds is such a great storyteller.

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Honest, interesting, reflecting, rewarding

Long have I admired Ben Folds and his witty lyrics and rocking piano. This book was top notch insight into the soul. Well done BF :)