band chases a dream. This one can’t stop.
We all know the
price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity.
Years after getting signed—and dropped—by Epic Records and
watching their more famous peers call it quits, Joe Oestreich
and his band, Watershed, keep climbing into the Econoline and
touring mop bucket bars. But Joe can’t help but wonder: Are he
and his bandmates—torn between the lure of the road and the call
to finally settle down—admirable or pathetic? Successes or
failures? And most importantly, in their quixotic struggle to
live out a dream, do they risk losing the people they love?
“HITLESS WONDER is a thoroughly enjoyable rock and roll
memoir—funny, honest, and full of inside dope. I’m sorry
Watershed never made it big, but I’m glad Joe Oestreich wrote
this wonderful book about a lifetime devoted to music and
friendship, a book about a scrappy band that doesn’t know how to
—Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Little Children
For twenty-five years Joe Oestreich has toured the
country in a beat up Econoline as the bass player and co-singer
for Columbus Ohio's Watershed.
His writing has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated,
Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, and many other magazines. He's been awarded a
fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, honored by The
Atlantic Monthly, and shortlisted in The Best American Nonrequired Reading
2007, The Best American Essays 2008 and 2009, and The Pushcart Prize: Best
of the Small Presses 2010. He teaches creative writing at Coastal Carolina
University in Conway, SC, where he is nonfiction editor of Waccamaw.