Todd Rundgren: The Individualist Tour
Cleopatra Records is pleased to announce the release of The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations, by legendary songwriter, musician, interactive artist, producer and nominee for the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Todd Rundgren on December 21. Rundgren pens his first ever autobiography reflecting on both his phenomenal career as well as his rollercoaster of a personal life with pages of recollections, structured into bite-sized single-page three-paragraph chapters, about encounters with rock royalty including Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The NY Dolls, and Meat Loaf along with numerous photos never before published.
In conjunction with the release, Rundgren will be embarking on the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour this coming spring, highlighting both hits and “deep tracks” spanning his 50- year career, which will include shows in North America, the UK, Europe, and Japan.
Consistent with his history of innovation, Todd writes in the introduction to his book: “So in order to get myself and the reader through this process with a minimum of chaos, the book will take on the form of this page: [paragraph #1] a recollection of something that I witnessed, [paragraph #2] a subjective assessment of my state of mind in either experiencing or remembering the episode (or a haphazard combination of both), and as in this 3rd paragraph, a conclusion, a statement of plain facts or simply soap-box proselytizing. I suggest scanning the book in whatever manner one’s taste and temperament dictate.”
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front Nazz, the quintessential `60's psychedelic group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him 'Rock's New Wunderkind'. It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as I Saw The Light, Hello It's Me, Can We Still Be Friends, and Bang The Drum.