Angels and Demons that Play

A Musical Memoir

by Paul Sears


Includes a CD with bonus content for FREE when purchased from CD is $10 if you purchased the book elsewhere. CD sales instructions can be found at the end of the book.

From the Introduction:

Dad would tell me, now this is jazz, now this is classical, and this is avant-garde…and so on. To me it was all just music. I either thought it was bitchin’, or it wasn’t. To me, classical is a period encompassing approximately the years 1730 to 1820, not a type of music. Igor Stravinsky, Alberto Ginastera and Bela Bartok are certainly not what I would call classical music. It’s either GOOD MUSIC, or the other kind. My musical compass is wide, thanks to so much exposure to different stuff over the years. I will give anything a shot as long as it involves people operating actual musical instruments, and non auto tuned singing. So.. there it is.


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What others are saying about Angels and Demons that Play

“This memoir is an absolute must read for any fan of rock biographies, progressive rock, and even more so for those who were listeners of WGTB radio back in the 70's. Paul Sears is a living legend of the DC rock scene, who is known worldwide for his musical talents and has the stories to boot. Included here are a lifetime of adventures, humorous and at times even heart breaking. There are also commentaries from band mates, friends and fans that help to highlight the segments.”

    – Russ


“Witty, informative, and gripping read. And the CD included in the print version is a fascinating listen as well. I always enjoy reading the memoirs of favorite musicians and how their lives intertwine. I can almost hear Roger Trigaux quote about playing The Tube in his distinctive Belgian accent! Good fun, great information.”

    – DJ SiniMin


“This is a great piece of history / biography detailing the DC / national / world music scene by one who was there. It's a fun read and educational to boot. As one who was peripherally and sporadically involved in a few of these episodes, I can tell you it's all real, or even better. Buy it. Read it. Buy it again. Read it again. Repeat as needed.”

    – John C. Lyerly


“This book is really an awesome rock/progressive life story. Written by drummer Paul Sears - it tells of his start in local bands in DC and going on to play with some of the most extraordinary musicians in the world. I didn't really know what to expect - "maybe he was going to write it with drumsticks" - but I am very impressed with the stories and the excellent job Paul does in writing about the adventures of his life, and lots of more stuff about music in the DC area and all over the place. A really great memoir.”

    – Robert A. Siegel


“I grew up in the Washington DC area. During the 1970s to the mid-1980s, Washington DC had a great music scene with several venues where one could go see local bands playing everything from traditional jazz, rock and rockabilly… and then there was The Muffins’ creative music. For those of you that have never heard their music, it is not easy to describe their music, which is as difficult as describing the shape of smoke. Let me put it this way; if Picasso and De Kooning could paint music- that music would sound like The Muffins.
I became friends with Billy Swann and Paul Sears and they in turn introduced me to the other members of the band Dave and Tom- I think this was the last iteration of The Muffins. In Angels and Demons that Play, Paul has chronicled the beginnings and end of this very innovate band. I could not put this book down. A must read for Muffins fans. I was taken back to those wonderful and exciting years and THE MUSIC. When I first heard them, it was as if these musicians had taken Newtonian music and converted it to some sort of Quantum and Super String Theory amalgamation- pure imagination. To me, Paul was Mr. Energy without being obnoxious and also quite funny. This book reflects his personality to a T. Angels and Demons that Play contains plenty of Paul’s stories of those years. And, what I found very interesting is that he includes the personal recollections of many of his musical collaborators and radio DJs. These accounts are consistent with my recollections of the band- Billy, Paul, Dave and Tom are excellent musicians and great musical collaborators. You easily made friends with each of them.
Fans get a first-hand account of The Muffin years and get updated on what Paul has been up to since. Paul describes his creative processes when working with other musicians. He also provides insight on his drumming technique, equipment and recording process. In essence, readers will get to know how some of the music magic came about. It is no wonder that he is a much sought-after artist by some of the best musicians in the industry. I will end with a quote from that great 1931 classic, Dracula, when Bela Lugosi tells Jonathan Harker, “Listen to them! Children of the night…what music they make!” A wonderful read.”

    – Jacques Laffite


“I have only good things to say about Paul. He works hard on difficult drum parts. I have never met such a great and generous fellow and I am proud to be his friend.”

    – Cyrille "Clearlight" Verdeaux