Peter McDade is releasing not just his first book, but a whole soundtrack of original music, on Friday, August 25th. Each chapter in The Weight of Sound has a corresponding song, written and performed by Peter and more than 30 of his musician friends. Oftentimes, there’s even an accompanying homage to the 1990s on YouTube—a music video featuring one of the fictional bands.
As drummer for the rock band Uncle Green, Peter spent 15 years traveling the highways of America in a series of Ford vans. While the band searched for fame and a safe place to eat before a gig, he began writing short stories and novels. Uncle Green went into semi-retirement after four labels, seven records, and one name change; Peter went to Georgia State University and majored in history and English, eventually earning an MA in history. He teaches history to college undergrads, plays drums for Paul Melançon & the New Insecurities, and lives in Atlanta with his family.
In Episode Four of Literary Atlanta, Peter talks about going from being the drummer in the band to the frontman of his first book. He describes some of the similarities between writing and releasing an album and writing and releasing a novel, including that “weird limbo period” between the end of production and when the finished product drops. Is The Weight of Sound autobiographical? And does he have certain songs he listens to when he’s writing? Listen and learn.