If there’s a writer who is perfect to make more out of a music and Midwest memoir than the original text offers, it might be Craig Finn, singer and lyricist for The Hold Steady. Finn and longtime The Late Show with David Letterman writer Tom Ruprecht have picked up the rights to Fargo Rock City, the coming of age chronicle by music-geek author Chuck Klosterman. Read More »
I would like to think that many of the people that frequent /Film know who Chuck Klosterman is. But truth is, I only found out about him four or five years ago through his pop culture-infused book Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs. Yet I’m guessing most people probably know him as a rock journalist (which probably explains why I hadn’t discovered him sooner). Klosterman’s 2005 novel Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story has been optioned by Half Shell Entertainment.
The book is actually a very strange choice for a movie adaptation as it focuses of Klosterman’s journey to the death locations of famous rock musicians (Sarah Vowell did the NPR-ish version of this with Assassination Vacation). What started as a feature for SPIN Magazine, grew into a memoir. Its as much about the musicians and the deaths as it is about what Chuck leans about himself and his relationships along the way. I’m sure the movie adaptation will be loosely based on the concept. Chuck tells Variety, “The idea is to do a comedic road movie heavily based in rock ‘n’ roll.” No screenwriter has yet been hired. Klosterman will executive produce. I’ve included the official book description below:
“For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock ‘n’ roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end — one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing…and what this means for the rest of us.”
You can purchase Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story in Paperback on Amazon for $11.20.