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photos, lyrics, playlist, index
As one of the top folk musicians in the country, Christine Lavin has seen it all—and she still loves the music and the life she feels privileged to lead. Published in honor of her twenty-fifth anniversary as a full-time, independent touring musician, Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha? is a memoir of road stories and adventures across the United States, Canada, and Australia. “I’ve changed a few names to spare hurt feelings,” Christine notes, “but all these stories are true. Hey, I have eight brothers and sisters—you think they’d let me make things up?”
Cold Pizza is rich with details from two-plus decades of songwriting and performing. The memoir begins with the hysterical tale of Christine’s being booed in West Palm Beach when she opened for Joan Rivers—with a coda that demonstrates Christine's nimble mind and sense of the absurd—and recounts her circuitous route to becoming one of folk music's most respected and beloved songwriters and performers. Christine explains: “Instead of a business plan, I’ve followed hunches, my intuition, and my heart, and I have had the good fortune of meeting astounding people along the way who helped point me in the right direction. OK, a few pointed me in the wrong direction, too. But I always somehow managed to recover.”
Christine is an engaging and generous writer, often putting an informative and warm spotlight on other musicians. Learn delicious details about Dave Van Ronk's unique method of writing music, the stanza of a famous song that Bob Dylan had never heard, and how Ervin Drake came to write "It Was a Very Good Year." Read about the unlikely beginnings of the folk super-group "The Four Bitchin' Babes," still going strong today, and how Christine's music has found a home with some of today's brightest Broadway stars.
Photographs and memorabilia from Christine’s fantastic voyage, song lyrics, an extensive appendix including an index and Christine’s list of her 1,000 favorite songs that she has played while guest-DJing in New York City—all this combines with Christine’s incomparable sense of humor to make Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha? an irresistible read and an invaluable resource for anyone who is interested in how songs get made, how musicians learn, and the business of music.
Please credit with the following: Photo by Irene Young
Over the past 25 years, between concert tours in the US, Canada, and Australia, Christine Lavin has recorded 20 solo albums and produced nine compilation CDs showcasing the work of songwriters whose work she loves. Although she can’t read music (she started learning guitar at the age of 12 by watching lessons broadcast on PBS), her songs have been performed by Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Sutton Foster, cabaret diva Andrea Marcovicci, the a cappella darlings The Accidentals, and many others. The lyrics to “Planet X” are included in The Pluto Files, a novel written by Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium . . . and Christine got a “D” in Astronomy.
"Christine Lavin is the unsung heroine of the latter-day folk movement. Her tireless support of talented songwriters has brought out the best in many, given chances to more than a few, and put her head and shoulders above most people claiming to be ‘star-makers.’ Her autobiography, like her life, is a work of art."
—Janis Ian, singer/songwriter
"When I see Christine Lavin in concert, I laugh and shed a few tears. Reading Cold Pizza for Breakfast, I laughed and shed a few tears. Just like her concerts, I didn’t want it to end.” "
—Michael Stock, host, WLRN Radio
"Christine Lavin is an artist who covers the gamut of performance in many genres; intimate of stars in the worlds of jazz, folk, and Broadway. She shares details of her life from Catholic school to a catholic life in this really readable book—Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha?? You join her in a most personal journey through her life and become her companion on a trip you want to go on unendingly."
—Bill Hahn, producer/host, Traditions and Sunday Simcha, WFDU-FM
"Cold Pizza is a creative and cozy journey through the warm and witty life of one of the finest singer/songwriters performing today. I was completely absorbed by the experiences and people that make up the soundtrack of Christine Lavin’s life. Her point of view on her own world is as specific, witty, compassionate, and honest as her music. Through this book she has created a narrative that lets us in on the creative process of a writer who celebrates the joys of yesterday’s pizza with the same gusto that she anticipates the joys of tomorrow’s fresh surprises."
—Stuart Ross, writer/director, Forever Plaid
"Christine Lavin is not only a brilliant performing songwriter but she can write. Luck, and an advanced sense of humor, frame the constancy of hard work and courage that drive Lavin’s life forward. Joe Namath, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan may be some of the magic here, but really Christine’s ability to find and tell a great story is what keeps the pages turning. Highly recommended."
—Robert Aubry Davis & Mary Sue Twohy, The Village, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
"Welcome to Christine’s World—not a Wyeth painting, but a place where one of the original Bitchin’ Babes becomes a Dishin’ Babe, and the grit of life according to folk music meets the glamour of Dame Edna. Both worlds sparkle in Christine Lavin’s humorous memoir of two decades as a musical performer, matchmaker, and midwife, bringing artists together and nurturing musical careers through her inspired pairings, songwriting workshops, and concerts."
—Susan Hartman, Dirty Linen magazine
"Christine Lavin is quite simply one of the greatest people on earth. I adore her and admire her more than I could ever say. Her book details her amazing life and journey in the arts. Christine Lavin has managed to never lose hold of her creativity and humanity while reaching for the stars. Anyone interested in what a life in the arts without compromise is really like should read this book."
—Danny Burstein, Tony-nominated actor
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