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Bill Sullivan will be at Cactus Music on Saturday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m. for a discussion and signing of his new book, Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements.

A raucous tour diary of rock ’n’ roll in the 1980s, Lemon Jail puts us in the van with the Replacements in the early years. Bill Sullivan—the young and reckless roadie—shows what it’s like to keep the band on the road and the wheels on the van, and when to just close your eyes and hit the gas.

“Lemon Jail is at its best in moments that perfectly convey the state of pre-internet underground music in America, where house parties, college radio, and photocopied fanzines could propel a small hometown band into legend.” —Pitchfork

“Bill Sullivan captures the spirit and chaos of the earliest and best years of the band accurately due to the fact that he lived it right alongside us. A true kindred spirit, a fifth member if you will, who from the git-go, got what we were about to the point where it would not have been the same journey without him. Billy had our backs and represented much-needed comic relief on many occasions. Lemon Jail should come with a warning: ‘Don’t Try This At Home.’ It’s a quick read and, in my opinion, the most successful book to capture the essence of our destructive, drunken outcast brigade in all its successes and foibles. Bill’s ever-present comic sense, woven throughout the book, paints authentically the circus world that it was. I laughed aloud many times!” —Chris Mars

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