Through A Lot of Adversity

Mike Shields
Mike Shields Author Interview

Life of a Lounge Lizard is the insightful and authentic memoir of your life on the road as a musician and things you learned along the way. Why was this an important book for you to write?

The era of the cover band in America is pretty much forgotten now. But it was a way of life back in the mid-60s through mid-80s. For entertainment, people of all ages, (i.e. twenty-one to fiftyish), went out to a club, hotel, or restaurant to watch and dance to a band. This was before home theatres and VCR tape players and it was the perfect time to earn a living as a musician. Nowadays, unless you’re famous, you’re lucky to have a gig or two a week. You need a Real job!

I appreciated how candid you were. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

I did not want any person mentioned in the book to have their feelings hurt by my words. I wanted to be honest but not vindictive.

What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?

In addition to the whole cover band phenomenon as stated above, I wanted to show the reader that you can reinvent yourself as you go through life. Keeping a positive attitude gets you through a lot of adversity.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?

I think everyone should write their own life story. Each of us have had many life-defining experiences that would make for a very interesting memoir. It’s very important to leave “Little Memories of You.”

Author Links: GoodReads | Amazon Music | YouTube

You get only one shot to make it big, right? For Mike Shields, that just wasn’t true. Seeking adventure, this rock star wannabe and club performer followed the music wherever it led him. In his teens, he scribbled down his first song and teamed up with some amateur musicians to create a garage band, and from there, he took his life on the road, moving from one band and performance to the next.He has performed over many musical decades, changing band names and members along the way, while looking up to inspirations such as the Beatles and Jethro Tull. With his honest, humorous, and down-to-earth style, Shields offers a compelling account of landing gigs, finding love, and watching life take many unexpected turns, from meeting and playing with music legends to living through historic events such as the assassination of JFK. He invites you to share in the most profound moments of his career and personal life, illustrating how music has been the unifying passion that has pushed him forward and helped him recover from tragedy and heartbreak.

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