Justin Furstenfeld may not have invented the concept of “living out loud,” but he certainly embodies it with an enviable zeal. The Blue October frontman has never hesitated to identify his long struggle with a bipolar condition as the main grist for his songwriting mill.
Furstenfeld’s original solo persona when he toured alone during Blue October breaks was Justin5591, a reference to his patient number when he was hospitalized after a particularly debilitating breakdown.
Furstenfeld’s latest solo jaunt is billed as “Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October”; the book in question is Crazy Making, Furstenfeld’s illuminating account — in art and words — of the inspirations for every Blue October song.
The third edition of Crazy Making has just been published, including 100 new pages that update the book to Blue October’s last studio release, 2011’s Any Man in America. The Open Book tour is Furstenfeld’s acoustic celebration of that expansion.