Sun 10/11 @ 5-8PM
Writer Ben Vendetta has always been passionate about music. He wrote about it for numerous publications and published his own Vendetta Magazine from 1995-2002. He launched his own label, Elephant Stone, in Los Angeles in 2002, bringing it with him when he and his wife, noted area artist Arabella Proffer (that’s her work behind him in the photo above), moved to Cleveland in the mid ’00s.
Currently, he’s writing novels, and they are drenched in music references. His first, Wivenhoe Park, came out in 2013 and he’s set to release his second, Heartworm, this week. Its title comes from the title of a 1995 album by an obscure (outside of Ireland) Irish alternative/shoegazer band, Whipping Boy. According to the press release for the book, “Vendetta’s novel highlights the known and not-so-known bands of the Britpop era including, Blur, Pulp, Lush, the Auteurs, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Into Paradise and Menswear, all while weaving the story of underdog Dublin band Whipping Boy throughout.”
He’ll celebrate in Cleveland first with a book launch party at Toast Wine Bar in Gordon Square, featuring signature cocktails and Irish-themed appetizers, with advance copies of the book available for sale. Vendetta will then be heading to Ireland for the Dublin Book Festival and to celebrate event’s around the 20th anniversary of the release of the Heartworm album.