The proposition of having music writers share the stage with musicians can
be a dicey prospect. At times, musicians and writers can share a very
adversarial relationship since artists don’t want their art confined to
labels and writers can’t get enough of labeling art.
Writer and all around creative juggernaut Amanda Stern eases the
eternal tension by bringing both musicians and writers together for her
Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, an irreverent night of readings
and music, and by demanding that the readers commit to one “public
risk.” Truth be told, it kind of sounds like code for “embarrass
yourself” but hey, who doesn’t love to see that?
“I’m not sure what my risk is going to be,” says Alec Hanley Bemis, featured reader and frequent LA Weekly and New York Times
contributor and Brassland label head. "I think it will involve dressing
up, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Maybe it will be about the
narrative qualities of running a record label.” This seems on point for
a music writer who describes his approach as “fictionalized