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Have A Little Faith: The John Hiatt Story

~ The first-ever biography of songwriting legend John Hiatt by Michael Elliott ~

"You already know John Hiatt is one of our best songwriters, but what you might not know is his life is as great a story as his songs...I thought I knew my John Hiatt, but I learned a lot." - David Menconi, author of Step It Up and Go

Foreword by Elvis Costello
Release date: September 14th, 2021 from Chicago Review Press


A journey through an artist's quest for success, deep dive into substance abuse, family tragedy, and ultimate triumph.

By the mid-1980s, singer-songwriter John Hiatt had been dropped from three record labels, burned through two marriages, and had fallen deep into substance abuse.

It took a stint in rehab and a new marriage to inspire him, then a producer and an A&R man to have a little faith. By February 1987, he was back in the studio on a shoestring budget with a hand-picked supergroup consisting of Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums, recording what would become his masterpiece, Bring the Family.

Based on author Michael Elliott's multiple extensive and deeply personal interviews with Hiatt as well as his collaborators and contemporaries, including Rosanne Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and many others, Have a Little Faith is the journey through the musical landscape of the 1960s through today that places Hiatt’s long career in context with the glossy pop, college-alternative, mainstream country, and heartland rock of the last half-century.

Hiatt’s life both pre- and post-Family will be revealed, as well as the music loved by critics, fellow musicians, and fans alike.


"You already know John Hiatt is one of our best songwriters, but what you might not know is his life is as great a story as his songs—a tale with so many ups and downs from triumph to tragedy and back again, it only makes you love him that much more. He’s had a remarkable career and here, finally, is the book of stories behind the master’s songs. Compellingly rendered by my fellow North Carolinian Michael Elliott, it’s the book you should be reading while listening to Hiatt’s 'Bring the Family.' I thought I knew my John Hiatt, but I learned a lot."
- David Menconi, 2019 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, author of Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk

John Hiatt gets the bio he deserves and one that matches his music: concise but in-depth, soulful, and full of meaning. Have A Little Faith is a great book.
- Alan Paul, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

"One of the things that any admirer of John Hiatt will appreciate about this book is the lack of self-pity, bitterness, or reproach when John reflects on the unwise paths taken and even the occasional gamble with sanity. I certainly recognize how we all made regrettable as well as necessary mistakes. Sometimes the heart or mind broken might even be your own but time brings clarity, strength of will has sustained sobriety and I sense and hope John now knows both love and happiness."
- Elvis Costello, from his foreword

source: Michael Elliott
Preorder information available here
Preorder in Germany (Amazon) here

~News~ 08. Apr 2021

New: The first-ever biography of songwriting legend John Hiatt to be released in September 2021 more here

~News~ 03. Mar 2021

Breaking News: new John Hiatt album in May 2021
more here

~News~ 18. Mar 2019

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~News~ 07. Aug 2018

More about Hiatt's "The Eclipse Sessions" here

~News~ 23. Feb 2018

30th Anniversary Tour - European tourdates 2018 - see more here

~News~ 28. Oct 2017

30th Anniversary Tour - John Hiatt & The Goners Featuring Sonny Landreth starts in the USA at Jan 11, 2018, see more at Official JH Site!

~News~ 25. Mar 2015

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan covered
Crossing Muddy Waters

~News~ 25. Dec 2014

John Hiatt & The Combo European Tour 2015!! More here as soon as possible

~News~ 05. Dec 2014

'Terms Of My Surrender' is nominated for Best Americana Album in the 57th The GRAMMYs!

~News~ 08. Oct 2014

Big Pink Music released
White Duck-In Season
on CD, see here

~News~ 28. Aug 2014

~News~ 31. May 2014

~News~ 24. Aug 2013

new Hiatt CD in July 2014!
called ~Terms Of My Surrender~ see more here

~News~ 02. Oct 2012

John Hiatt talks 'Mystic Pinball,' recording techniques here

~News~ 17. Dec 2011

DJAMH #8 in this year's Top Ten most played albums (Americana) here

~News~ 03. Dec 2011

John Hiatt-Old Grey Whistle Test 40-w/ Bob Harris

~News~ 12. Aug 2011

Conversations with John Hiatt during his promo tour in London provided by UKmusiccity

~News~ 05. Aug 2011

John Hiatt promo at Rolling Stone Magazine Germany

~News~ 14. Jul 2011

The WordPodcast from Hiatt's Promo Tour in Europe (London). John joins David Hepworth to talk and sing songs from his new album.