Frank Hart of Atomic Opera and VIP Ink Publishing to release “Joyride: A Beginning in Every End” on March 8th.Atomic Opera frontman’s memoir is available for preorder now.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (January 6th, 2016) – “Joyride” is available globally on March 8th, and is currently ranked #1 in new releases under Inspirational Books on the strength of preorders.
Joyride covers Frank Hart’s life growing up in hopeless poverty as the step-son of a coal miner in Central Illinois, his finding faith and music, and the crooked, twisted road he took to follow his dreams. He was so close to his wildest dreams he says he could have licked the icing with his tongue—what is a person supposed to do when it all slips away? This book will provide the reader with a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of an artist living out his faith and never losing hope. It is a rare peek into the secret closets and junk drawers of an almost famous, almost rockstar’s psychology. Hart says that his music is the space between prayer and dreaming; and once you visit it the world will never look quite the same.
Frank Hart is the lead
singer, guitarist, and founding visionary of the rock band Atomic Opera. As a member of the “Houston Sound,” along with friends who were in King’s X and Galactic Cowboys, Hart released four albums with Atomic Opera: For Madmen Only, Penguin Dust, Alpha & Oranges and Gospel Cola. His group toured with Dio and King’s X, and played at many festivals, theaters and other concert venues in the U.S. and Japan. Through his music, Hart was able to forge his own path with dark arrangeme
nts, poetic lyrics, varied instrumentation, and a deeply spiritual message.
Unlike some contemporaries, Hart did not hide his faith. At the same time, he wanted to avoid the stereotypes of Christian rock, thus writing songs that
challenged weak-minded Christianity and explored the relationship between God and man. For some, Atomic Opera was too sacred, while to others, it was too secular. His first single, “Justice,” was the most added hard rock radio track for six consecutive weeks and the music video was played in rotation on MTV.
Hart has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and was voted “Houston’s best guitarist who never plays live” by the Houston Press. In 2005, he released a solo album called “Human Liturgy” to enthusiastic critical acclaim. He has also worked at CrossPoint Community Church as the creative director and worship leader. He released his second solo album, “The Living Creatures Project,” in 2013 and re-released the first Atomic Opera album in 2014, on the 20th anniversary of For Madmen Only.