Hollywood Park (pre-order with Vip Access, Ships May 26, 2020)
SKU: 281AKJ1030262 Publisher: Celadon Books Published: May 5 2020
Ships May 26, 2020 - please note this is a new publication date. Purchasing a copy of Hollywood Park through Magers & Quinn grants access to a special VIP event at The Airborne Toxic Event's Minneapolis concert (June event canceled due to COVID-19 -new dates to be announced soon). (Concert tickets sold separately.)
The VIP experience will include a book signing, an opportunity to take a photo with Mikel Jollettt, and a discussion of Hollywood Park. To access the pre-show VIP book event, fans must: 1) present their invoice/packing slip from Magers & Quinn that they recieve with the book. (Books will be shipped upon publication, May 26, 2020.)
2) have a valid ticket to TATE's Minneapolis concert (sold through concert venue).
HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.
Jollett's story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults. Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old, and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother. But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.
In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol.. Raised by a clinically depressed, narcissistic mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.
Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.