Eisenstock Co-Authors “Life’s Too Short”

Darius Rucker’s new book comes out May 28.

Palisadian Alan Eisenstock, who has worked with some of the nation’s top talent, has a new collaboration with Darius Rucker, the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish.

The book Life’s Too Short comes out today Tuesday, May 28. It has been called a raw, heartfelt memoir from Darius Rucker, the Grammy Award– winning country music sensation and multiplatinum-selling lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish.”

Eisenstock was asked by CTN what it was like to work with the musician. “Sometimes it’s hard to get people to open up, to really reveal themselves, their deepest feelings, their most emotional stories,” the author said in an email.

“Darius comes across as quiet… at first. But we hung out before and after his show at the Beacon Theater in New York City,” Eisenstock said. “And after that he really opened up. He wanted to tell all.

“He told great stories, revealed very intimate stuff about his relationships with his father, his brother, his mother, and even members of the band,” he said. “I think the book will surprise a lot of people–it’s very raw at times. Very heartfelt. Funny, too.”

Eisenstock added, “He’s a great guy, by the way, and has a voice from Heaven.”

Rucker cofounded Hootie & The Blowfish at the University of South Carolina in 1986. What began as a party band playing frat houses and dive bars quickly became a global pop rock phenomenon through their multiplatinum-selling debut album, cracked rear view, which featured hit songs like Only Wanna Be with You, Let Her Cry, and Hold My Hand. Later, Darius would chart a pioneering path as a solo country music artist, with classic anthems like Wagon Wheel and Alright.

The book is set against the soundtrack of his life, and Darius recounts his childhood as the son of a single mother in Charleston, South Carolina. He traces the unlikely ascent of his band and shares wild tales of life on the road. The Grammy-winning country star also faces his missteps, defeats, and demons. Reviewers have called Life’s Too Short a timeless book about a man and his music.

Rucker was in good hands with Eisenstock, who has written numerous books, magazine articles, TV shows, movies and advertising copy.

Alan Eisenstock

​In 1999, Eisenstock walked away from a successful television writing and producing career to write prose for a living. He had worked on Mork & Mindy, Sanford and Son, What’s Happening!!, Married . . .with Children, Family Matters and Going Places.

Since then, Eisenstock has written 22 books and is working on number 23. He’s worked with Cedric the Entertainer (Flipping Boxcars), Sonya Curry (Fierce Love), Jarett Adams (Redeeming Justice), Tom Bulleit (Bulleit Proof), NBA’s Elgin Baylor (Hang Time), Captain Ron Johnson (13 Days in Ferguson), Marine platoon commander Theresa Larson (Warrior), George Lopez ( I’M NOT GONNA LIE: And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50) and Bill Engvall (JUST A GUY: Notes from a Blue Collar Life).

It sounds like this book Life’s too Short is another winner! Published by Dey Street Books (an imprint of Will Morrow), it is available in hardcover and Kindle. If you select the audiobook, it is read by Darius.





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