Francis Wolf chronicles punk life on the road in his first book project.
Francis Wolf will not pretend to have penned a literary classic. But the independent singer-songwriter takes immense pride in finishing off a piece of work that has nagged him for the past 12 years. His first book Social Carbon Copy: Stories From The Road 2000-2002, which is self-published by the Doyerown Books imprint, is out this Wednesday.
“All I can say is it wasn’t an easy book to write, but it had to be written,” reveals Wolf about this “tour diary” that chronicles his touring (mis)adventures with his band Spunky Funggy.
Social Carbon Copy: Stories From The Road 2000-2002, according to the 40-year-old musician, is an honest account of an underground Malaysian band aiming to take on the world on its own terms – struggling, succeeding, crashing spectacularly and rising again with colourful stories to be told.
Amazon, which released a Kindle edition of the book last month, describes it as: “Spunky Funggy’s account of their disastrous attempt to tour Australia and how they bounced back to an eventful follow-up tour of Thailand a mere year later.”
Back in 2000, Spunky Funggy, which featured frontman/guitarist Wolf, bassist Lan and drummer Chong, released its debut album Smile For The Revolution. The album laid the groundwork for bigger things ahead for the punk rock-inspired trio, which had earned its stripes in the 1990s underground scene. It went on to sell 18,000 copies.
“It was a heady time for Spunky Funggy – we were positively sparking from all the attention. Then we suddenly disappeared without a trace. This book picks up the pieces,” he adds.
For his book, Wolf also rescues a previously released chapter featured in his fanzine Take Your Sh** And Walk (2002) and carries the story on with his reflections from the road, rock ’n’ roll dreams and fractured friendships.
In his foreword, Wolf nails the spirit of this book by writing: “Reading the manuscript as I was transcribing this book made me realise where I was and where I am right now. How I view the world and how being a punk was important to being me. Sometimes we forget the plot and it’s very awesome when your younger self reminds you of what is important.”
A nationwide busking tour to promote the book is on the cards.
Social Carbon Copy: Stories From The Road 2000-2002 will be released first in English this Wednesday, while a Malay edition arrives in November. The book costs RM12 (post paid). More details at www.facebook.com/socialcarboncopy. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.