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Only Wanna Be with You Author Talk with Tim Sommer (Gilbert)

Jun 20, 2024 @ 5pm | Location: Lexington County Public Library, Gilbert-Summit Branch, 405 Broad Street, Gilbert, SC 29054

Jun 20, 2024 @ 5pm
Location: Lexington County Public Library, Gilbert-Summit Branch, 405 Broad Street, Gilbert, SC 29054
Hosted by: Lexington County Public Library

Join us for an author talk with Tim Sommer. Learn about the exclusive, behind-the-scenes story of Hootie & the Blowfish in his book, Only Wanna Be with You.

In 1985, Mark Bryan heard Darius Rucker singing in a dorm shower at the University of South Carolina and asked him to form a band. For the next eight years, Hootie & the Blowfish—completed by bassist Dean Felber and drummer Soni Sonefeld—played every frat house, roadhouse, and rock club in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, becoming one of the biggest independent acts in the region.

Thirty years after the band's major label debut, cracked rear view, author Tim Sommer pulls back the curtain on the band that defied record-industry odds to break into the mainstream by playing hacky sack music in the age of grunge. Only Wanna Be with You includes extensive new interviews with the band members and some of their most famous fans, as well as stories from the recording studio, tour bus, and golf course. Only Wanna Be with You is essential reading for Hootie lovers and music buffs.

Tim Sommer, a widely published music journalist, has enjoyed stints as an Atlantic Records A&R representative and an MTV and VH1 news VJ and producer.

Hosted by Lexington County Public Library.

Published on March 7, 2024 | Categories: Events

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