Alfred Howard is documenting his lyrics, inspirations and experiences as a musician in a new book, The Autobiography of No One, a compilation of elements including anecdotes from the road and working in record stores, comics, photographs and other things inspired by his life as a musician.
Howard—who currently performs with The Heavy Guilt, The Black Sands, The Midnight Pine and Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact—has a particular way of describing this unique literary volume.
"It's like a book of distractions," he tells CityBeat.
Howard began putting together the elements of the book in 2006 and has been slowly adding to it ever since. He's finished writing it, and it's been edited, but he's still waiting for a few illustrations to be finished before it can be released.
"I've been kind of working on it off and on since my old band, The K23 Orchestra, existed," he says. "I always wrote these really long-winded band mailers from the road. Sometimes I would include stories behind the lyrics. I mean, I always want to know what shapes the songs by bands I'm interested in."
An IndieGogo campaign has been launched to both help distribute the finished book and to gauge interest. A $10 pledge will get you a downloadable e-book, while $200 will get you the book plus Howard's entire discography, and for $50 more, he'll write you a song.
And while the book will lean heavily on humorous writing, Howard makes it clear that he takes his music very seriously.
"All the music stuff I've done is dead serious," he says. "But then all the prose I've ever written—I think most of us want to be stand-up comedians, so that's my attempt at that."