Pakistan-born, American-raised rock musician Salman Ahmad has sold more than thirty million records, played a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, been named a Goodwill Ambassador to the U.N. and counts Bono, Mick Jagger, Melissa Etheridge and Al Gore among his fans. He's chronicled his unique experience in Rock and Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution, in an effort to get people to go "beyond the cookie-cutter view of us and them," he says.
It's probably the only book in the world written by a rock musician born in the Muslim world and raised in the U.S.," he continues. "The message of the book is that if you see with the heart, all the masks will fall down. I hope when people read the book they will be inspired to go on their own journey of discovery of magic and music."
Ahmad will appear at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. to play songs, tell stories, answer questions and sign copies of the book and its brand-new, ten-song soundtrack from his band, Junoon; five of the tracks were recorded at the U.N. General Assembly concert last September. For more information, call 303-322-7727 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Wed., March 17, 7:30 p.m., 2010