April’s Featured Authors bring a little music to our blog! This month we are highlighting stories of musicians and artists. From a Californian street musician to a prodigious drummer’s biography, Lulu’s April Featured Authors are sure to have you tapping your toe along to the beat.
First up is Katie Ferrara. Katie is a singer/songwriter and street performer who has been working in LA for over 10 years. Her book, Stories from the Street, started as an additional gift for her Kickstarter backers, but as she worked on the book, it became its own unique look at her art and experiences.
The book uses Katie’s experiences and personal stories to build a deeper connection with her fans, while also offering inspiration for entrepreneurs. Through her stories, Katie offers insight into the traits a performer needs. And the common advice all aspiring musicians, artists, and creators need to hear as they grow their craft.
Stories from the Street (Full Color Version)
Stories from the street is a collection of 14 stories developed from the personal diary of singer-songwriter Katie Ferrara about her experience “busking” (or street performing) to pursue her dreams of traveling the world as a working musician. The book features some of the obstacles Katie faced as a busker and how she overcame them. Among the story settings are Katie’s favorite locations in LA such as the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade, Melrose Trading Post, Downtown Burbank, and various farmer’s markets. The author also tells of her travels to the UK and Italy in 2016, where she performed her first European festival in the city of Ferrara, which coincidentally shares her name. If you are a musician, an entrepreneur, or anyone who is looking for an adventurous and inspirational story about achieving success, read this book!
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Next, we have Matthew Ratzlaff. A Canadian author, Matthew loves to hear people’s life stories. In his book, Whale: The Oral History Of Canadian Drumming Prodigy Ryan Loerke, Matthew records his interviews with drummer Ryan Loerke. A prodigious musician and artist, Loerke’s story are one of triumph and tragedy.
Whale encourages anyone and everyone to find and follow their passions, to have a vision of what that passion looks like, and to be persistent and patient in pursuit of your dreams. Telling the story through interviews brings us closer to Loerke and shines a brilliant light on this spirited musician.
Whale: The Oral History of Canadian Drumming Prodigy Ryan Loerke
In 2003, in the quiet vacation city of Kelowna, British Columbia, eighteen-year-old Ryan Loerke jumped at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to drum professionally for major label-signed rock band Stutterfly. Over the next decade, Ryan would embark on a spirited journey with Stutterfly, Secret & Whisper, and other musical ventures that seemed destined for stardom. He would play big stages in the States and Japan, shoot music videos, get supplied with industry-leading drum endorsements, and experience the highs and lows of fighting to stay alive in the America-dominated alternative music industry. Written in the form of interviews between Ryan and longtime friend Matthew Ratzlaff, “WHALE” reveals an intimate portrait of a professional drummer from Canada’s millennial generation. By turns inspiring, hilarious, insightful, and tragic, offered is a deep dive into the dedicated and creative mind of a modern musical role model and the vibrant musical culture that shaped him.
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Paul is the Senior Copywriter at Lulu, writing weekly blog posts and helping guide content for the company’s marketing. When he’s not deeply entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person, but considers himself cat tolerant.