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During the heyday of the late '80s indie underground, high school sweethearts Bela Koe-Krompecher and Jenny Mae Leffel moved together from small-town Ohio to the big city of Columbus to pursue education and a dream of something more. When they arrived, the two met Jerry Wick, a prickly malcontent and lead singer of the punk rock band Gaunt, and the trio quickly forged a co During the heyday of the late '80s indie underground, high school sweethearts Bela Koe-Krompecher and Jenny Mae Leffel moved together from small-town Ohio to the big city of Columbus to pursue education and a dream of something more. When they arrived, the two met Jerry Wick, a prickly malcontent and lead singer of the punk rock band Gaunt, and the trio quickly forged a contentious friendship that would be challenged for the next 20 years by addiction, mental illness, homelessness, divergent whims and tragic paths. They bonded over their obsessive love of music, especially the scrappy, welcoming world of independent labels and bands, where heroes could be a neighbor, a bartender or even a know-it-all behind the counter of a record store. Through the label Koe-Krompecher and Wick launched, and the music Leffel made, these three friends gained fans nationwide and garnered unexpected critical acclaim from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN and more while sharing the stage with bands like Superchunk, Mudhoney and Guided by Voices. At its heart, Love, Death & Photosynthesis is a story of the love between friends and the power of music to pull people together—often in spite of themselves—in the universal search for connection.


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During the heyday of the late '80s indie underground, high school sweethearts Bela Koe-Krompecher and Jenny Mae Leffel moved together from small-town Ohio to the big city of Columbus to pursue education and a dream of something more. When they arrived, the two met Jerry Wick, a prickly malcontent and lead singer of the punk rock band Gaunt, and the trio quickly forged a co During the heyday of the late '80s indie underground, high school sweethearts Bela Koe-Krompecher and Jenny Mae Leffel moved together from small-town Ohio to the big city of Columbus to pursue education and a dream of something more. When they arrived, the two met Jerry Wick, a prickly malcontent and lead singer of the punk rock band Gaunt, and the trio quickly forged a contentious friendship that would be challenged for the next 20 years by addiction, mental illness, homelessness, divergent whims and tragic paths. They bonded over their obsessive love of music, especially the scrappy, welcoming world of independent labels and bands, where heroes could be a neighbor, a bartender or even a know-it-all behind the counter of a record store. Through the label Koe-Krompecher and Wick launched, and the music Leffel made, these three friends gained fans nationwide and garnered unexpected critical acclaim from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN and more while sharing the stage with bands like Superchunk, Mudhoney and Guided by Voices. At its heart, Love, Death & Photosynthesis is a story of the love between friends and the power of music to pull people together—often in spite of themselves—in the universal search for connection.

40 review for Love, Death & Photosynthesis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jay Hinman

    Terrific memoir and a real multifaceted tribute to best friends, soulmates and to the early 90s underground music world that enveloped both the author and myself. It’s also a fairly harrowing escape-from-alcoholism story that tells a familiar story in an unfamiliar manner, time-jumping and with the sort of perspective that comes not just from age but experience. Very gritty and satisfying read, something that I suspect will have many more pressings after the first 100 are gone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mollie P.

    Bela’s keen descriptions will transport you into a different place, a different emotion, and a different year each chapter. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and almost taste the nostalgia off the pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shane Hankins

  4. 5 out of 5

    colin gawel

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin J.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard Sanford

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karl Nehring

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Singer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Coolbrother Kyle

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth Biester

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  15. 4 out of 5

    Branden Barnett

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christian Brandt

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Stepp

  21. 4 out of 5

    Trish

  22. 4 out of 5

    Micah Siegmund

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jorgen

  24. 4 out of 5

    John Spiller

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris Chambers

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sam Stagg

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Thomson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angel Lemke

  31. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Nieberding

  32. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Plunkett

  33. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Rusinak

  34. 4 out of 5

    Saskia Koe-Krompecher

  35. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Broussard

  36. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  37. 5 out of 5

    Torri

  38. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  39. 5 out of 5

    Donna Davis

  40. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

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