Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives

Jack Carneal (Author)


In 1994, Jack Carneal had a loose collection of friends--including Ned Oldham--who liked to get together and play some tunes now and then. It didn't seem like much of anything, until Ned's younger brother, Will Oldham, invited the guys to be his backing band on that summer's Lollapalooza tour.

From working two jobs just to pay the bills to hitting the road with one of America's most iconic touring music festivals, to European tours--follow Jack Carneal as he navigates the chaos of the road, the trials and tribulations of being in a band, and the personal sacrifices and demands necessary to make it as a successful artist.

Told with unparalleled wit and candor, Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives is an unflinching look at the intersection of art, commerce, and domestic stability from someone who's mapped each of those roads time and again.

Product Details

$18.00  $16.56
Rare Bird Books
Publish Date
November 12, 2019

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About the Author

Born and raised in Richmond and currently living in Baltimore, Jack Carneal spent much of his twenties and thirties as the drummer in the Anomoanon (rhymes with phenomenon), a band that frequently backed musician Will Oldham on various tours. Married, the father of two boys, Carneal is a working writer and Lecturer in English at Towson University. He no longer owns a drum set.


"...Carneal has a funny and likable style that is both compelling in its storytelling and vivid in its detail. The book is so good, you'll swear you can smell the tour band-and the band's--perfume of ass and sweat and ass sweat all the way from 1994."
--The Recoup Mag