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Brian Wheat has been there from the beginning. The Tesla bassist has seen every twist and turn in the story of his band. Son Of A Milkman is an autobiography that takes you through all of it - the formation, management, breakup, reunion, everything - but it is also a story about struggle, depression, therapy, marriage, divorce, and heartbreak. This is an unfiltered, blue collar take on what life can dish out, and it serves as a handbook on how to deal with it all.

You'll read about Brian's love of The Beatles and Zeppelin, and feel the importance of his loving friendship with Jimmy Page, and his chance meeting with Paul McCartney. He goes over his brief marriage and lifelong friendship with Sandi Saraya, and how his Jack Russell Terriers mean the world to him.

After reading Son Of A Milkman, I did feel as if I had hung out with Brian for a week or two. It is very much written in a conversational format and tone. As I've heard Brian admit to being "just a guy that plays bass, not a bass player," I think that sums up the way this book is written. It's an honest, sometimes self-depricating look in the mirror for Brian Wheat. His vulnerability and fragility makes an appearance more than a few times, and it always feels natural and organic. Brian is a regular guy. He's a bit rough around the edges and has been a willing participant to the rockstar lifestyle more than once or twice, but he's ultimately a normal everyday guy.   

Brian was asked a series of great questions for the press release of Son Of A Milkman, and I would like to include them here. Be sure to click the play button on the audio player at the very bottom of the page to hear Brian discuss more about the book and other facets of his career!!

Q: What inspired you to write Son of a Milkman?
A: When I was going through my initial therapy, my therapist told me the best way to let things go was to write things down – and perhaps do a book. That was more than 25 years ago and today more than ever it really made sense because we are not getting any younger.

Q: What do you hope is the biggest takeaway from the book?
A: Two things: I hope Tesla fans get the history as I remember it. Each band member has his own perspective but this is mine. Second: I hope that people who suffer from depression, anxiety etc. will now understand that even guys in rock bands deal with this stuff and that you can live through it.

Q: Can you talk about your favorite memory you have with Tesla?
A: Too many, but one big one was the night we all got back to Sacramento in 2000 before a sold-out arena crowd.

Q: Is there a specific moment in your career that stands out when you felt like the band officially “made it”?
A: When we saw Love Song all over the radio and MTV – that was when I finally saw everything I had dreamed of.

We often hear about the appeal of the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but why do you think it’s important to shine a light on the struggles musicians face as well?
A: Because it’s not all glamor. There’s lots of hard work and sacrifice with no rewards or pay off- - it can lead to drink, drugs, loneliness and depression. It’s an intangible business with no guarantees.

Q: What is something readers would be surprised to learn about you?
A: That I have a soft side.

Q: What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: My mom – two things- anything that goes up has to come down, and always save half of what you make.



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