‘I’m gonna learn to read for this’
– Josh Groban
'I read this in one glorious, giant gulp. As a fan of your work and as a musician, this is truly a gift ... moments for me to geek out, moments to laugh and cry and many fragments of pure, hard won wisdom and honesty’
– Jamie Cullum
‘A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell. This intimate look at his life from his own unique perspective is a rare and unforgettable gift that does what Ben Folds always has done for me as an artist and a friend: encourages me to be more myself, with a lot of swear words’
– Sara Bareilles
‘A masterfully written memoir, and so much more. Folds imbues this literary work with keen insight and humor to create an elegant and moving tribute to art and life itself.’
– Daniel Levitin, author of #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind
‘Besides being super talented, and an incredibly poignant and multifaceted musician, Ben Folds is a fantastic author. I couldn’t put this book down – and not just because I taped it to my hand. Ben takes us into his mind and into his process from the very beginnings of his childhood to where he is today – one of the greatest musicians and writers that has ever graced the art.’
– Bob Saget
'A Dream About Lightning Bugs is an insightful, touching and often hilarious look back at [Folds’s] life and career, told with wit and good old-fashioned Southern warmth – like Truman Capote, but with more F-bombs.'
'Delightful . . . Singer-songwriter Folds explores the ways in which music shaped his life and offers glimpses into the process of making music. . . . Folds’s fans will take great pleasure in this charming and insightful memoir.'
– Publishers Weekly
'A memoir of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll that’s long on wry humor and short on – well, sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll ... A pleasure for fans and encouragement for novices to tune in.'
– Kirkus Reviews
'[Folds’s] journey, beginning with a dream he had at age three, is one of the most rewarding any musician has brought us along for in quite some time.'
– Paste Magazine
'A Dream About Lightning Bugs ... radiates [Folds’s] goofy, brilliant, genuine, deeply empathetic spirit, marked by the kind of amiable self-consciousness with which unboastful genius often shades itself from the harsh stage-glare of attention.'
– Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
'Not your standard rock bio ... A Dream About Lightning Bugs is a mix of personal memoir, a reflection on making art, and a guide to living an authentic creative life.'
'A memoir as entertaining as his songs are catchy.'
'A Dream About Lightning Bugs is the sublimation of the Ben Folds story. His frenetic energy, musical obsession and his penchant for diving headlong into life are served up with trademark wit and honesty.'
– Happy Mag