Meet the Molter

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Musician and writer Dave Molter grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. He lived a rather normal childhood and planned to become an English teacher. But at 15 he discovered the Beatles, and everything changed. After teaching himself to play bass guitar, he joined a series of rock bands, slipped the surly bonds of the Beaver Valley and took up residence in the suburbs of the nearest large city that begins with a “P.” There he lurked, disguised as, variously, a musician, writer, editor, retail manager and communications wage slave.
He is a two-time winner of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association Keystone Press Award for columns and a recipient of Pittsburgh’s Golden Quill Awards for journalism. Dave freelances today by writing a biweekly humor column for the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter newspaper and as a contributing writer for Dead Center Magazine, a quarterly arts publication based in State College, Pennsylvania.

He still wants to be a Beatle.

For more than 50 years, Dave has played bass in rock and R&B bands, opening for acts as diverse as the Allman Brothers Band and Night Ranger. In 1970, Dave's band BlueByrd released "I Hear You Knockin'" on Buddah Records, and in 1973 his band Pyewacket released "Boogie Boogie Boogie!" on Western World Records. Look hard, and you may find these 45s on eBay.

Dave currently holds the bottom line with Johnny Angel & the Halos, Johnny Angel's All Star Jam Band (appearing several times monthly at Atria's PNC Park, on Pittsburgh's North Side) and Mojo Jojo, a four-piece combo that plays American and British rock from the 1960s.

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"Gimme 15 Inches" collects the best of Dave's columns and essays from the past 30 years in one place for the first time. Available in paperback for $16.95 from Amazon!

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5-star award

"Gimme 15 Inches is a delight. As I read through Dave Molter’s engaging and outright funny columns, I recognized a kindred spirit and found it increasingly difficult to tear myself away from his stories. I kept on thinking, well, just one more." -- Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite

"I love it when someone makes me both laugh and think. Dave Molter points out the ridiculous world we live in (or, more precisely, the one HE lives in) in a way that makes you smile. But later, damned if the points he’s making in these essays don’t end up floating to the top of my Magic 8-Ball brain. Brilliant and funny stuff here!" -- Scott Paulsen

"This is a really fun book. It is filled with many relatable columns that really struck the right chord with me. The author appears to be a man who knows the ups and downs of life and realizes that humor and acceptance are the best ways to muck through. This is a book that will have you smiling and nodding your head. I wish he wrote for my hometown newspaper."

- Liz, Goodreads winner

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