Chicago based singer-songwriter-guitarist Phil Circle has been surviving as an independent musician for 30 years. After a generous amount of friends and fans bothering him to write down the stories he tended to tell before, during and after shows, he broke down. In 2014 he compiled a collection of non-linear anecdotes and advice in a home-printed and bound book and titled it The Outback Musician’s Survival Guide. He thought he was done. He sold some at shows and people responded; they wanted to know more, they wanted the dark stuff too, they thought something was missing, it was too non-linear.
After a hard fought recovery of his health at the end of 2015, Phil sat down and began a complete rewrite. His rough collection became what a writer friend from the Tribune called a confessional. His story unfolded into a real book this time. The Outback Musician’s Survival Guide became available August 3rd, 2017 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online book sellers. The first review came from Oxford, UK and stated:
Towards the end of the book, Phil says, “I don’t have some profound message.” In fact, by sharing his humanity and his failings as well as his high points, he has created a profound message. It is often in mere survival that we create greatness, although we ourselves don’t know it at the time. The touch of human grief amidst all of the adrenaline pumping adventure makes this book something of a celebration of what it means to be human.
As Phil Circle continues promotion of the book and struggles with what his writer friend said… “get ready to write your next book”… he remains an active private music teacher from his home studio in Rogers Park, and is getting busy booking new local venues after a solid run of about 50 shows in 13 months, at many of his old standbys. With plans to get back in the studio and record a vinyl single, he’s clearly not slowing down anytime soon.