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“humour of the absurdist school pitched somewhere between Monty Python and Spinal Tap” – Louder Than War


Two music obsessives embark on a hilarious quest to track down Buttery Cake Ass’ Live In Hungaria, an album as legendary as it is obscure. Their pursuit of one of the greatest bands ever unknown takes them down many a bizarre path teeming with grand ideas and grander egos in this ode to record shopping and what it’s like to be in your first band. Packed with puns, allusions, and references across a wide range of culture, both popular and not, Stone offers up a big slice of the fun and frustration of playing rock n roll. “When we were 15, my best friend and I used to make up fake bands to ask for at record stores,” Stone recalls, “and the day I heard him ask the clerk at Cutler’s in New Haven, CT if they had anything by Buttery Cake Ass was a moment of euphoric glee that I will never forget. Writing The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass was an attempt to capture the sheer joy and inventiveness of comedy back then, circa 1992, before irony seemed to set in everywhere a few short years later and the goal switched to making people groan instead of eliciting genuine full-on ecstatic laughter. In the process, I got to re-examine my own obsessive record collecting through a new lens as well as revisit the ridiculous aspects of playing in my first few bands, bringing me to a greater appreciation and love for both.”  

Aug Stone’s The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass is like being taken on a rock n roll road trip by Holden Caulfield with a head injury in the best of ways.” – Dave Hill, comedian, rocker, awesome dude

The Ballad of Buttery Cake Ass kneads digression into the temporal substance of an emerging truth far richer than anything baked in the ovens of Pynchon completists. It is the really real of the event itself. Reading about music really ought to be full of all kinds of felt intensities and a longing for this fruity tapestry of vibrant matter is the reason that The Ballad of Buttery Cake Ass came into being and must be read by your eyes.”  – Mikey Georgeson, David Devant & His Spirit Wife, rocker, awesome dude

“Aug Stone! Top of The Pops! I loved this book.” – Eddie Argos, Art Brut, rocker, awesome dude

The Ballad Of Buttery Cake Ass will be available on February 9th, 2023 in all good book and record shops worldwide, as well as online in physical and digital formats 


A mission to find a mythological watering hole… In June 1999, Aug Stone and his best friend flew to Germany to find the bar they had heard Nick Cave owned in Berlin. They assumed they would get off the plane, ask ‘which way to Nick Cave’s bar?’, and then spend the rest of their time living it up amidst the wild world of its confines. Instead what followed were nine days of confusion, thwarted plans, and perpetual drunken misery. To this day, they’re not sure Nick Cave ever owned a bar in Berlin.

“Road-trip stories are never really about the destination and this one is hilarious, chaotic and character filled…Sort of like a Louis Theroux weird weekend mixed with Withnail & I.” – Susan Sloan, Louder Than War (full review here)

Available at these awesome shops around the world:

Grimey’s (Nashville, TN)

Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA)

Repo Records (Philadelphia, PA)

Malaprop’s (Asheville, NC)

City Books (Hove, England)

Happy Valley (Melbourne, Australia)

Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD)

Buch Bund (Berlin, Germany)

Skylight Books (Hollywood, CA)

Northshire Bookstore (Manchester, VT)

Surface Noise (Louisville, KY)

Winzer Records (Palm Springs, CA)

Record Grouch (Brooklyn, NY)

Captured Tracks (Brooklyn, NY)

Brooklyn Record Exchange (Brooklyn, NY)

WORD (Brooklyn, NY)

Static Era Records (Milford, CT)

Planet Records (Cambridge, MA)

Hex Enduction Records & Books (Seattle, WA)

Quimby’s Bookstore (Chicago, IL)

No Alibis Bookstore (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Green Apple Books (San Francisco, CA)

Randy Now’s Man Cave (Bordentown, NJ)

Skeleton Dust (Dayton, OH)

Visible Voice Books (Cleveland, OH)

Wuxtry Records (Athens, GA)

The Daily Planet (Los Angeles, CA)

Unity Books (Auckland, New Zealand)

Avalanche Records (Edinburgh, Scotland) 

Book People (Austin, Texas)

Red Eye Records, Sydney, Australia


Also available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, all other Amazon shops, and Barnes & Noble.

My ‘entertainingly deranged’ comedy novel, Off-License To Kill, available in paperback and e-book.

James Vagabond, star agent of Britain’s Drunken Secret Service, is sent back in time to stop U.S. Prohibition from ever happening. With help from the delectable Cherry Waters, he’s going to save America’s drinkers from a fate worse than death – enforced sobriety. But can they defeat the infamous Dr. Hoo-Nose, who has other plans for an unsuspecting 1918?

Lulu (paperback)
Lulu (e-book)
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