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Stay Positive Limited Edition Preorder Package

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With their new picture book Stay Positive—based on their signature song of the same name—The Hold Steady welcomes a new generation to the “Unified Scene.”

This LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE for Stay Positive includes a copy of the book signed by the band, a custom Stay Positive water bottle, and a sticker sheet.

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All preorders will ship on or before October 1, 2024.

Price: $50.00



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“There’s going to come a time when the true scene leaders
Forget where they differ and get big picture
Because the kids at the shows, they’ll have kids of their own
And these sing-along songs will be our scriptures
We gotta stay positive!”

The limited edition package includes:

  • A copy of Stay Positive signed by the band.
  • A custom 17 oz. reusable aluminum water bottle, designed by artist David “El Dee” Espinosa with illustrations from the book. We want you to stay positive AND hydrated.
  • An 8″ x 10″ custom sticker sheet, featuring 11 original stickers for the next generation of the Unified Scene.
  • Note: All domestic orders will ship USPS Ground Advantage unless otherwise specified.
  • All preorders will ship on or before October 1, 2024.
  • For all orders outside the US, including Canada: please be sure to select your preferred INTERNATIONAL shipping method. International orders placed with domestic shipping will be canceled.
  • Please email info@akashicbooks.com if you have any questions about your order.

STAY POSITIVE is a charming children’s picture book based on The Hold Steady song of the same name. The title track of the band’s fourth album (released in 2008), “Stay Positive” is a call to arms to stand strong and persevere during trying times. The song remains a fan favorite and a staple of The Hold Steady’s live shows.

The book follows the path of an adorable armadillo who discovers along the way how music can pull together a disparate cast of characters. It’s also a lesson in tenacity and maintaining a positive attitude when encountering adverse situations. The story ends up in a unified celebration that mirrors the joy of a Hold Steady performance.

Singer Craig Finn explains, “‘Stay Positive’ has a line that says, ‘The kids at the shows will have kids of their own,’ and it’s true: each year more Hold Steady fans become parents or grandparents. So I’m thrilled that we’re offering the children’s book version of ‘Stay Positive,’ which brings THS joy to the whole family.”

Book Details

  • Hardcover


The Hold Steady is Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Bobby Drake, Franz Nicolay, and Steve Selvidge. Since forming in Brooklyn in 2003, they have released nine studio albums, most recently The Price of Progress in 2023. Their debut album, The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me, was named one of the 100 best albums of this century by Rolling Stone. In 2023, Akashic published the band’s best-selling first book, The Gospel of The Hold Steady: How a Resurrection Really Feels. Their latest book is Stay Positive.

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DAVID “EL DEE” ESPINOSA is an illustrator and comic book author from Mexico. He won the Premio Nacional de Novela Gráfica Joven Tierra Adentro in 2018 for his book Nido de Serpientes. His work is featured across the globe in books, record covers, posters, and ad campaigns. His latest graphic novel, Foráneo, was published in 2023 by Editorial Planeta. He currently lives in Cholula, Mexico.

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