While touring Europe, Eamon McGrath wrestled with one of the biggest questions on the mind of any touring artist: should you suffer for your art? The pain and heartache that goes along with a working musician’s lifestyle must serve as a means to some kind of cathartic end, McGrath argues otherwise that torment served no purpose. In Berlin-Warszawa Express, McGrath fictionalizes experiences from his life and the lives of his peers to seek out meaning and significance in the tumultuous and emotional experience of living on the road.
From boozy techno-fied weekends in Berlin, to punk squats in Prague, to the alleyways and barrooms of Vienna, McGrath chronicles the dramatic changes in emotion and culture occurring on both sides of the train window in this raucous debut.
A Note From the Publisher
“With all the redemptive, provocative and gritty poetry that flows so effortlessly through his songs, Eamon McGrath has turned his hand to the open page, where his notoriously old soul remains as inquisitive and outraged (and self-destructive) as ever. At once a profound, yearning love story to both the splendour and the dregs of old Europe, Berlin-Warszawa Express offers a booze-fueled, fly-on-the-wall assessment of the pitfalls and the triumphs of the perpetually touring musician, and the end result is simply a beautiful literary offering.” — Joel Thomas Hynes, author of Right Away Monday