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A Book Signing with Bela

Love, Death & Photosynthesis:  A Reading with Bela Koe-Krompecher at Starlings

Photo credit: Kim Rottmayer
Photo credit: Kim Rottmayer

When indie-rock legends come to Charleston, WTSQ is going to be the first to tell you about it…naturally. Bela Koe-Krompecher was an indie record producer in Columbus in the late ’80s and ’90s for a small label called Anyway Records. Now, a social worker, Bela still produces records for a few bands, but his most notable back in the day include Guided by Voices, Jenny Mae, Gaunt, Moviola, Vibralux, Appalachian Death Ride, and New Bomb Turks. In addition, he has a popular blog about the old days (, which led to the launch of his first book Love, Death & Photosynthesis. A memoir of the ‘90s indie rock scene in Columbus, published by record producer Don Giovanni (Screaming Females, etc.), the book has been a near sell-out both in book stores and with their distributors. 

With a second printing currently underway, Bela Koe-Krompecher has hit the ground running with three special literary events in Columbus, including book signings in Pittsburgh, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Chicago. Bela is no stranger to WTSQ 88.1 FM. Having appeared on The Afternoon Show with Josh Gaffin earlier in the year, he will join us again tomorrow to talk music, publishing, and his upcoming reading in Charleston, WV. Saturday, October 16 at 3 pm. Starlings Coffee & Provisions will host Bela Koe-Krompecher for a reading of Love, Death & Photosynthesis with a signing afterward. Josh Gaffin will MC the event on Saturday with delicious snacks provided by Starlings; this literary event is just part of the many cool things to do around Charleston this weekend. 

Love, Death & Photosynthesis is a new non-fiction book about “A seminal part of the burgeoning midwest independent rock scene of the late 1980s and 1990s and co-founder of the independent record label Anyway Records (Guided by Voices, the Ass Ponys, the New Bomb Turks, Jenny Mae).” The new work has received praise from Hanif Abdurraqib, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Steve Turner of Mudhoney, and much more. Though the book invites readers into the inner circle of this electrifying music scene, it is really about celebrating the brilliant lives of two friends, Jenny Mae and Jerry Wick, who died too young. Bela spent the last 15 years of his life helping the homeless and addicts after he got sober. A story of friendship, death, and ultimately survival, the new book is a recovery story pulled together by his illustrious musical past.” 

Take a walk into the music scene of the past with Bela Koe-Krompecher this Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Starlings Coffee & Provisions with WTSQ 88.1 FM The Status Quo – thanks to hosts Lora Reynolds of 88.1 mph, cousin to Bela – Adam Krompecher, and Josh Gaffin of The Afternoon Show. 

More information here: A Book Signing with Béla!

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