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Do you have a story for every record that has touched your life?

If you're the sort of person who enters the home of a new love interest and immediately gravitates towards their record collection to see if it's going to work out; who forgets your best friend's birthday, but remembers what album was spinning that one night back in high school, hanging out in the basement and dreaming about the future; who views every occasion as an excuse to create the perfect playlist... then this book is for you.

Jittery White Guy Music: True Rock & Roll Confessions From a Guy Who Bought the Album is a rock & roll memoir from the vantage point of an ordinary (if admittedly obsessive) rock music fan.  Marc Fagel shares the musical moments that shaped his own life: from escaping pre-teen angst with the help of The Who, to spending his teen years buried in the darkest corners of used record stores, gorging on everything from Bowie to The Clash; from carving out his own musical identity in college courtesy of R.E.M. and The Replacements and a shoebox full of Grateful Dead tapes, to still finding room for occasional musical epiphanies as an indie rock-obsessed adult.

Read some excerpts.


Available in paperback

or Kindle.

Does the book have its own playlist?

Do you even have to ask?

Here's the official Spotify soundtrack, with many of the songs and artists name-checked throughout the book in rough order of appearance.

While we're at it --- You'll see a list of my Top 20 albums in the book's introduction. Here's a playlist of tracks drawn from those records.

As described in the book, I grew up in a rock music-free household back in the late 60s and early 70s. My father was partial to 8-track tapes full of adult contemporary music, film soundtracks, and lounge music. But no need to use your imagination -- here's a sample of what it sounded like in my childhood home before I discovered rock & roll.

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