Athletes Who Rock! shares the inspiring backstories of 15 individuals who have achieved the near-impossible: success in the ultra-competitive worlds of pro sports and music. Although their lives are a dream for many, few have understood what it takes to break through in both fields.
Enhanced by dozens of intimate photos, this dynamic collection of in-depth interviews provides accounts from star talents Damian Lillard, Bernie Williams, Chelcee Grimes, Yannick Noah, Rony Seikaly, Pat Nevin, Ray Barbee, Lyndsay Perry, Kyle Turley, Bronson Arroyo, Mark Butcher, Pat Burgener, Essence Carson, Kevin Walker and Daniela Hantuchova.
These remarkable athlete-musicians have lived out every kid’s fantasy. They have played sold out stadiums, written hit records, collected awards and DJed at the most prestigious nightclubs – all while excelling in the world’s biggest sporting competitions.
But victory has not come easy. For every tale of playing the Royal Albert Hall, hitting a World Series home run or winning an Olympic gold there is another that involves overcoming one of life’s big challenges. The hurdles they have crossed are often hard to believe. Now their stories are ready to be told.
About the Author
Motez Bishara is an award-winning author, contributing feature writer for CNN, ESPN and The Guardian, and Ph.D. candidate in sports sociology at the University of Leicester.
Motez Bishara grew up obsessing about the New York Yankees and the rocker Tom Petty. But like many teenage hopefuls, his athletic and musical aspirations faded after high school. Though he was never destined to become the next Bernie Williams, Bishara discovered that the legendary Yankees centre fielder and jazz guitarist displayed inherent personality traits common to other celebrated athlete-musicians. Unearthing these rare success stories in music and sports soon turned into an obsession, sparking the ambitious concept for Athletes Who Rock! As a seasoned sportswriter known for his up-close-and-personal interview style, Bishara has been uniquely placed to dig into the minds of these elite talents.