Mitch Albom's 'The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto' On World Cafe : World Cafe The author's new novel looks at the history of music through the life of fictional guitarist Frankie Presto.
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Mitch Albom On World Cafe

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Mitch Albom's 'The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto' On World Cafe

Mitch Albom's 'The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto' On World Cafe

Mitch Albom On World Cafe

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  • Brent James, "No, No, Honey" (from The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: The Musical Companion)
  • Darlene Love, "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry" (from The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: The Musical Companion)

A successful journalist, radio and TV host, screenwriter and songwriter, Mitch Albom is the master of many things. But he is assuredly best known for his memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, which has sold more than 14 million copies. Albom's latest novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, is a Zelig-like account of the life of fictional singer and guitarist Frankie Presto, who seems to have been present at every great musical moment of the past century, from meeting Django Reinhardt and Elvis Presley to hanging out at the Brill Building and Woodstock. (And yes, there is a soundtrack.)

The author discusses the novel — and reveals which of the writers in the band Rock Bottom Remainders is the best musician — on today's World Cafe.