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Cover of The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey
February 2017
Simon and Schuster / Gallery Books

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The Only Pirate at the Party

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Lindsey Stirling
Brooke S. Passey

Dancing electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring New York Times bestselling memoir filled with the energy, persistence, and humor that have helped her successfully pursue a passion outside the box.

A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: After being voted off the set of America’s Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views and to tour sold-out venues across the world.

Lindsey is not afraid to be herself. In fact, it’s her confidence and individuality that have propelled her into the spotlight. But the road hasn’t been easy. After being rejected by talent scouts, music reps and eventually on national television, Lindsey forged her own path, step by step. Detailing every trial and triumph she has experienced until now, Lindsey shares stories of her humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia, and finally, success as a world-class entertainer. Lindsey’s magnetizing story — at once remarkable and universal — is a testimony that there is no singular recipe for success, and despite what people may say, sometimes it’s okay to be "The Only Pirate at the Party."


Brooke S. Passey earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (creative writing) from Arizona State University in 2013. She co-wrote "The Only Pirate at the Party" with her sister, Lindsey Stirling. 

Praise for this book

"Lindsey’s story of success is not only interesting, but deeply personal ... Even if you aren’t a fan of her music, there is a lot to be taken away from this story. Lindsey’s tale of success comes from hard work and making her own opportunities. And how can you not enjoy the music? "

Tyson Adams