Original Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is joining the ranks of famous rockers who have penned autobiographies. The powerhouse singer’s memoir, titled Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘n’ Roll, is scheduled to be published in May. Gramm will celebrate the book’s arrival with a special launch event on May 4 at Monroe Community College in his hometown of Rochester, New York.
The show, dubbed “An Evening with Lou Gramm,” will feature the veteran rocker playing some acoustic tunes, sharing stories about his life and fielding questions from the audience. All attendees will receive an autographed copy of Juke Box Hero. Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships to Monroe Community College, from which Gramm graduated back in 1971. Tickets for the show cost $40 and are available at MonroeCCTickets.com.
“I have many fond memories of my time as a student at MCC and felt my alma mater would be the perfect place to officially launch my book,’ says Gramm. “Rochester and MCC have always been tremendously supportive of me. I can’t think of a better place to do this than in the city I still call home.”
In Juke Box Hero, Gramm discusses his eventful life and music career, including his working-class beginnings in Rochester, his rise to stardom in Foreigner, his struggles with substance abuse, his battle to recover from a life-threatening brain tumor and his recent years touring and recording as a solo artist. The book was co-written with award-winning columnist Scott Pitoniak.
In other Gramm news, the singer is slated to be inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame on April 28 at the city’s Eastman Theatre. Meanwhile, as previously reported, Gramm and his former Foreigner band mate Mick Jones will be welcomed jointly into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13 in New York City.
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