len vlahos

We think author Len Vlahos rocks. First of all, he’s joining us for Texas Teen Book Fest 2014 as part of the “Come on Feel the Noise” panel on music-themed books.

Then there’s his debut novel, The Scar Boys, an unforgettable story about the power of punk rock for a burned and bullied teenager and his bandmates.

Len writes from experience. Back in the ’80s, he used to play in a pop-punk band called Woofing Cookies. He sent us these clips of the Cookies in action. That’s Len on guitar.

That second song, “In the City,” was produced by Peter Buck of R.E.M. The story about how Len and his bandmates made that happen reads like something out of a book.

Len also gave us this playlist of five songs that he feels capture the spirit of The Scar Boys:

Add It Up by Violent Femmes
How Many Friends by The Who
Lightning Bolt by Jake Bugg  (“I was introduced to this song after the fact by a reader,” Len says.)
Don’t Go Back to Rockville by R.E.M.
Growin’ Up by Bruce Springsteen

Want more Len-approved music? Check out his book tour playlist on his blog. And get ready to talk music and books with Len and the rest of the “Come on Feel the Noise” authors (Frank Portman, Gayle Forman and Kevin Emerson) at the Texas Teen Book Festival on Oct. 18 in at St. Edward’s University in Austin.