Boston College graduate Katie Moulton tells the story of her coming of age through grief and the music of Tom Petty in her new audiobook memoir, Dead Dad Club. Moulton’s father, a former record store manager who passed on his love for rock-and-roll to his daughter, died unexpectedly from addiction shortly before Moulton’s 17th birthday. Moulton eventually moved to Bloomington, Indiana—the town where her parents began their love story—to write and work as a radio DJ, spinning records that defined her father, and her relationship to him. She grappled with the inevitable questions of one’s 20s: How should we relate to our families as we become our own people? Moulton’s story is a quintessentially American tale about family, grief, identity, and dependency. Moulton narrates Dead Dad Club, which features an original score by Evan Stephens Hall of Pinegrove. Moulton graduated from BC in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English and concentration in creative writing. She is an educator, writer, and music critic. Her essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in New England Review, The Rumpus, Tin House, Catapult, Boulevard, Denver Post, Post Road, and Village Voice, among other outlets.
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