From the creator of the sensation Postmodern Jukebox — with millions of fans globally — comes an inspirational memoir about discovering what you love and turning it into a creative movement.
With student loan debt piling up and no lucrative gigs around the corner, Scott Bradlee found himself in a situation all too familiar to struggling musicians and creative professionals, unsure whether he should use the little income he had to pay the rent on his basement apartment on the fringes of New York City or to avoid defaulting on his loans.
It was under these desperate circumstances that Bradlee began experimenting, applying his passion for jazz, ragtime, and doo wop styles to contemporary hits by singers like Macklemore and Miley Cyrus–and suddenly an idea was born.
The bands Bradlee went on to launch–from A Motown Tribute to Nickelback to Postmodern Jukebox, the rotating supergroup devoted to period covers of pop songs for which he is best known–borrowed from and refined the initial idea he had arrived at to bring genres now sometimes considered arcane to wide audiences. Today, the success he has had is astonishing, with Postmodern Jukebox collecting upwards of three million subscribers on YouTube, selling out major venues around the world, and developing previously unknown talent into superstar singers.
Taking readers through the false starts, absurd failures, and unexpected breakthroughs of Bradlee’s journey from a lost musician to a musical kingmaker headlining Radio City Music Hall–and presenting all the insights he learned along the way to becoming an entrepreneur like no other OUTSIDE THE JUKEBOX is an inspiring memoir about how one musician found his rhythm and launched a movement that would forever change how people make, distribute, and enjoy their favorite songs.
Scott Bradlee is a pianist and musical arranger. His musical collective, Postmodern Jukebox, is best known for its viral “pop music in a time machine” covers and has performed in over 400 live shows in five different continents.
"Candid, hilarious, and wildly fun, Outside the Jukebox is the book I wish I'd had when I was getting my start in theatre."
― Kristin Chenoweth, Broadway and television star
"Bradlee found tremendous success by going his own way, and he turned his passion into a creative movement....I am learning from this read!"
― Mick Fleetwood, cofounder of Fleetwood Mac
"Bradlee's story is a crash course on how to launch a monster career in entertainment."
― Chris Silbermann, managing director, ICM Partners
"Scott Bradlee may just be the most creative musician turned entrepreneur I've had the honor to work with. Read this book and you will be inspired to chase your dreams the way he has."
― John Burk, president, Concord Records
"With an uncanny ability to tap into the cultural zeitgeist time and again, Scott Bradlee has given rise to a whole new crop of mega-talented singers and musicians, blending pop and jazz in a completely novel way....Outside the Jukebox takes us inside his unique method."
― Dave Koz, jazz saxophonist and host of Sirius-XM's The Dave Koz Lounge