Pre-order available now from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Amazon and other retailers. Secretly Canadian is offering an exclusive bundle that includes a vinyl pressing of Molina's first radio session, recorded in 1994 at Oberlin College. Pre-order it here.
"Erin Osmon paints an empathetic and deeply human portrait of Jason Molina, both the artist and the man. A biography that's as beautifully haunting as one of his songs."—Bob Mehr, author, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
"In Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost, Erin Osmon gives us a riveting biography not only of a great musician whose work deserves to be much wider known, but a well-rounded portrait of a fascinating human being, as well as a glimpse into the creative process. It's a ride well worth taking."—Jim DeRogatis, co-host, Sound Opinions, author, Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs
"Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost accomplishes a tremendous feat—an examination of Molina's life and work as rich, complex, and fearless as the music he made. Erin Osmon unpacks the mythology and gives us a portrait that is human, tangible, and deeply moving."—Jessica Hopper, author, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
"During his all-too-short lifetime, Jason Molina created some of the most emotionally stirring, soul-enriching, and thought-provoking rock this side of Neil Young, Lou Reed, and Nick Drake. First time author Erin Osmon has crafted a meticulously researched biography infused with both passion and a keen analytic eye. During his lifetime, Molina was criminally under recognized. In a perfect world, Osmon’s loving tribute will play its part in rectifying this."—Rob Bowman, Grammy Award–winning author, Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records
Erin Osmon presents a detailed, human account of the Rust Belt-born musician Jason Molina—a visionary, prolific, and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter with an autodidactic style that captivated his devoted fans. The songwriting giant behind the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. had a knack for spinning tales, from the many personal myths he created and cultivated throughout this life, to the volumes of oblique poems and working man ballads he penned and performed. As with too many great musicians, his complicated relationship with the truth, combined with a secretive relationship with the bottle, ultimately claimed his life.
With the help of Molina’s family, friends and record label, Osmon details Molina’s personal trials and triumphs, from his earliest days as a trailer park kid in Lorain, Ohio, though his extensive world touring and his last days as a struggling artist addicted to alcohol. Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost, reveals for the first time the true story of Molina’s last months and last works, including an unpublished album unknown to many of his fans. The book offers unfettered access to the complex mind and artistic arc of Molina through exclusive interviews with family, friends, and collaborators. The book also presents a deep dive into the Midwest music underground, including the birth and rise of Bloomington, Indiana–based label Secretly Canadian, which ascended from a scrappy purveyor of 1990s era folk and punk to a major player among indie record labels worldwide.
As the first authorized and detailed account of this prolific songwriter and self-mythologizer, Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost provides readers with unparalleled insight into Molina’s tormented life and the fascinating Midwest musical underground that birthed him. It’s a story for the ages that speaks volumes to the triumphs and trials of the artistic spirit while exploring the meaningful music that Molina’s creative genius left behind.
Due for release May 15, 2017.