Novel band writes new chapter with homevid

The Remainders, an all-star band of popular writers who moonlight as musicians, will get another 15 minutes of fame with the homevideo release of their seminal performance at last year’s American Booksellers Assn. Convention.

The group of scribes, which counts among its 11 members horrormeister Stephen King, “The Joy Luck Club” author Amy Tan and “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, will be featured in “Rock Bottom Remainders,” a vidcassette featuring performances, interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the band.

Sporting the motto “this band plays music as well as Metallica writes novels, ” the group is known for playing at writers’ gatherings, often becoming a high point of the confabs.

The Remainders is the brainchild of book publicist Kathi Goldmark, herself a performing member, who discovered that the authors she worked with when they came to San Francisco on book tours were often closet rock stars.

The band’s performance at last year’s book convention in Anaheim has spawned a host of imitators, including a Los Angeles contingent of writers-turned-rockers called the Imminent Disaster Blues Band.

The BMG vidcassette will be marketed as a sell-through title for $ 16.98.

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