Written by Paul Matthew Harrison
Paperback Book - 546 pages
Self-published, 2nd Edition (July 15, 2016)
Aaron Weiss--the eccentric frontman of the eclectic indie rock band mewithoutYou--is revealed here through a decade of friendship with the author, Paul Harrison. Set to the backdrop of mewithoutYou emerging from the post-hardcore scene in 2000 and signing with Tooth & Nail records, this book follows Aaron's spiritual life through its many incarnations. In a state of breakdown and disillusionment with this life and his faith, Paul found Aaron at Cornerstone Festival in 2005. Aaron invited Paul to live with him in Philadelphia that Christmas, starting what would become a lifelong friendship. Recounted here is a year-by-year account of their spiritual conversations, philosophical and religious ponderings on belief and doubt, books they traded and discussed, and the affection, affirmation, support, and love they shared over a decade through continual struggle, loss, and change. Part spiritual memoir, part portrait of Aaron Weiss, and part band biography of mewithoutYou, this is a classic example of the power of music to change lives and of lyricists to become gurus, even if reluctant ones. This book is not a biography about Aaron--it's bigger than that. It serves as a memoir of the inherent difficulties in navigating the complicated landscape of faith, music, relationships, and morality. Whether you came to this book as a fan of mewithoutYou, or out of love and curiosity about Aaron Weiss, or are a person who has lived through similar struggles with belief and doubt like me and Paul, you'll love this book.
– Matthew Putman (Living Sacrifice, Unwed Sailor, Lovedrug)
I'm looking forward to denying the validity of everything you wrote. Edward Said said the difference between representation and misrepresentation is a matter of degree . . . not do we get it wrong, but how wrong?"
– Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou)