Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to host Author Series event with Chris Formant
Formant will discuss & sign copies of his new book Bright Midnight

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host author Chris Formant for a special event at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 in its Foster Theater.

John Goehrke, Director of Public Programs for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will interview Chris about his new thriller Bright Midnight, which has been referred to as “The Da Vinci Code for Rock and Roll Fans.” Legendary Fillmore West poster artist David Singer, who designed the book’s psychedelic cover, will sit down for a rare interview as part of this special event. The Rock Hall will have a custom soundtrack will set the mood for a memorable evening. Following the presentation, Formant will take questions from the audience, and sign copies of his book which will be available for purchase. For every book purchased, guests will receive a free poster of the Bright Midnight cover specially created for this event. Singer will sign copies of the poster as well.

The event is FREE with a reservation at the or at the Rock Hall box office.


Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Peter Ham; all of them iconic rock stars, all of them dead at age twenty-seven. How could a group of great

musicians all die at the same age? All evidence points to the deaths being unrelated, but were they really? Gantry Elliot is a relic of rock and roll era still writing for Rolling Stone magazine, covering classic rock and roll and struggling for relevance in the age of hip-hop and electronic dance music. Even though he’s an encyclopedia of music trivia, Gantry can’t compete with the new kids on the block and is now reduced to watching the clock tick down on his once dynamic career. But Gantry’s vast knowledge may be the only thing that can unravel the Myth of 27. When anonymous packages start showing up at his office and then his home, Gantry initially shrugs them off as another Myth of 27 conspiracy nerd trying to get attention. As the clues became more intimate, more personal, more sinister, he realizes this is not a game: someone knows the truth, and the truth may put

Gantry’s life in serious danger. Author Chris Formant has written a terrific debut novel that creatively and deftly takes readers on a dangerous cold case hunt to uncover the mystery behind these deaths. Truth or fiction, lies or conspiracy, Bright Midnight will keep you guessing until its final chorus.


From his early “garage band” days, to a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Chris Formant has been a student of rock and roll his whole life. A collector of rock memorabilia and an avid reader of rock histories, he has absorbed the stories of rock legends in much the same way as his lead character, Gantry Elliot, in Bright Midnight. As an executive in a leading global company, running a multi-billion-dollar business, Formant is the unlikeliest of authors of a murder mystery. But the continued unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of our most iconic rock legends led Formant to first speculate and then re-imagine what would happen if cutting edge technology were applied to these famous cold cases. Doing his own research into the archives of the Hall of Fame, studying advanced forensics techniques and gaining creative insights from top doctors, FBI investigators and a former editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Formant crafted what is being referred to as “The Da Vinci Code for Rock and Roll Fans.”


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