When: Mon., Sept. 12 2011
Alex Call's memoir should be required reading for wannabe entertainers of all stripes: If ever a life reflected the vagaries of the biz, it's his. You may not know his name — which is kind of the point — but unless you spent 1982 in a bunker, you know the most famous tune he ever wrote: "867-5309/Jenny" (made famous by Tommy Tutone). Yet from the founding of his 1960s country-rock band Clover to his current "book concert" tour in support of 867-5309 Jenny: The Song That Saved Me, Call has yet to discover fortune and fame. That's despite writing hits for Pat Benatar and Huey Lewis and the News — and a close encounter with Elvis Costello. "It's been an interesting ride," the 62-year-old Call says from a Chicago stop on the tour. "I've been pretty high, just to find that someone has put a boot in my face and down I go." These days, he's channeling that drive into a new career as an author and storyteller. Call will be telling tales and playing his songs today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Woodmere. Copies of his book will be on sale for $26.95; the concert is free. — Cicora 28801 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, 216-765-7520, bn.com.