Remainders rock book fest

All-star writers hit Bottom at L.A. event

HOLLYWOOD — Banjo player-turned-scribe Steve Martin turned the microphone on the Rock Bottom Remainders — the lit super group featuring writers such as Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Scott Turow and Matt Groening — during Friday night’s opening sesh of the L.A. Times Festival of Books at Royce Hall.

“When you are in the middle of a song, what are you thinking?” Martin queried. “I am so rich?” he supplied.

Mostly the writer-rockers made fun of their own musical handicaps, citing a piece of advice they’d received from Bruce Springsteen, who played with the band one night. “I wouldn’t get any better because then you’ll just be a really lousy band,” the Boss is said to have admonished.

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