Philadelphia Style - - Contents - CHANGE OF SEA­SONS. BY SHAN­NON ASHER

Philly’s own John Oates of Hall & Oates dis­cusses his re­cent mem­oir Change of Sea­sons.

What made you de­cide that you wanted to write a book about your life and your ex­pe­ri­ence as a rock­star? I had a series of jour­nals that I kept from 1970 un­til 1980. I started them in the spring of 1970 when I grad­u­ated from col­lege. I didn’t know what I was go­ing to do with my life and I wasn’t work­ing with Daryl [Hall] at the time. I had no idea that we were go­ing to be work­ing to­gether. I doc­u­mented pretty much ev­ery­thing I did for 10 years in these hand­writ­ten jour­nals. I fig­ured it was time to share my sto­ries. It’s a well-doc­u­mented mem­oir. De­scribe the process of writ­ing your very first book. I love writ­ing and read­ing. I’m an avid reader. I even­tu­ally got into a writer’s groove and the process be­gan to flow. Start­ing out as a young kid in Philadel­phia, did you ever see your­self reach­ing this level of suc­cess? No, I never thought about it. It wasn’t any­thing that I ever wanted or ex­pected. Fame, suc­cess, money, and pop­u­lar­ity should not be some­thing that you seek. It should be a byprod­uct of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. I think that if you do good work, if you’re ded­i­cated and you have de­ter­mi­na­tion, the stars will align and things like pop­u­lar­ity and money will come nat­u­rally. I think that’s some­thing younger gen­er­a­tions need to un­der­stand. After 50 years to­gether, what is your re­la­tion­ship with Daryl like these days? We have a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties and we have a lot of dif­fer­ences. It’s the bal­ance that seems to make this re­la­tion­ship work. It’s more like a broth­er­hood than a friend­ship.

John Oates dug into his per­sonal jour­nals for his new mem­oir, a dishy de­tail of his wild ride from Tem­ple grad­u­ate to world-fa­mous rock mu­si­cian.

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