Dave Hofer, a Chicago-based music fan, record store employee and sporadic freelance writer, has been selected to participate in the first-ever Book Fort at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois. He will read an excerpt from his upcoming biography of the veteran heavy metal bassist Dan Lilker, titled “Perpetual Conversion: 30 Years Counting In The Life Of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker”, on Sunday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Due this summer via Paper + Plastick Records, “Perpetual Conversion: 30 Years Counting In The Life Of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker” follows Lilker‘s career from his pre-ANTHRAX band WHITE HEAT in 1980, through BRUTAL TRUTH‘s latest 2011 release, “End Time”. It traces Lilker‘s time spent in seminal metal bands NUCLEAR ASSAULT, BRUTAL TRUTH, ANTHRAX, STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH (S.O.D.) and HEMLOCK, and also includes his lesser-known projects THE RAVENOUS, CRAB SOCIETY, CRAB SOCIETY NORTH, EXIT-13, EXTRA HOT SAUCE, CRUCIFIST, NOKTURNAL HELLSTORM, NUNFUCKRITUAL, LAST SATANIC DANCE, OVERLORD EXTERMINATOR and more.
Although not classically trained in long-form writing, Hofer spent years interviewing Lilker, his friends and his family to present what Hofer calls “the most comprehensive interview Lilker has ever done.”
“After spending a decent amount of time with Danny, I decided that this book would function best mostly from his perspective, as his tone and sense of humor are right on point,” Hofer says. “The transcriptions were providing too much good material to pick and choose pull quotes.”
Featuring input from Scott Ian and Charlie Benante of ANTHRAX, John Connelly and Glenn Evans of NUCLEAR ASSAULT, Kevin Sharp and Rich Hoak from BRUTAL TRUTH, Barney Greenway and Shane Embury of NAPALM DEATH, Fenriz, Faust, Craig Setari, Gene Hoglan, Gloria Cavalera, Howie Abrams, Jim Welch and others, “Perpetual Conversion” will detail Lilker‘s life in an unparalleled way.
“Anyone who’s enjoyed anything I’ve done over the last 30 years will also enjoy this book,” Lilker says, “And endless thanks to Dave Hofer for having the inspiration and patience to pry all the memories out of my brain.”
“Perpetual Conversion” will be accompanied by a multitude of unreleased pictures and other types of memorabilia that Lilker has had in storage for years. There is also a plan in the works to bring a very special music-related accompaniment to the project, but it is unconfirmed so far.