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From left to right: Dr. Joel hanging with the Kronos Quartet!, Performing with Wayne Newton, Opening up for the New York Philharmonic, Backing up Ke$ha.

about Sadsap Music

Sadsap Music was started in 2017 by Dr. Joel Pierson, after realizing that his girlfriend was really, really bad at the piano. But at least she knew it, right? Her crapulent pianism was oddly inspiring, so Joel began the journey of being  the first person in history (we're willing to bet!) to write a piano method book full of comic strips, cocktail recipes, and relentless insults aimed at the reader. Joel launched You Suck at Piano on Kickstarter in the fall of 2017, and raised over $80,000 to get the book printed and shipped. Ayy, the shipping… what a nightmare.


In 2018 the follow up book You Suck at Piano 2: You Still Suck was released, along with a book of original compositions titled 20 Piano Pieces for People with Emotional Problems. In 2019, Joel began mocking other instruments as well, releasing You Suck at Guitar. The most recent addition to the collection is The Nutsmacker - a book of piano (or guitar) pieces set side-by-side with comics about an unlikely superhero who fights crime with a pantyhose full of walnuts. Sadsap Music has a number of ridiculous books coming down the pipeline, so stay tuned… if you can handle it!

About Dr. Joel Pierson

Dr. Joel Pierson has made a career out of music and mockery, or perhaps a mockery of his career in music. He has worked with artists of great repute (the New York Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet), and artists of even greater ill-repute (Linkin Park, Ke$ha). Wayne Newton told Joel he loved him, and Paul McCartney gave him a shoulder massage. He has performed on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica), and as a songwriter was signed to Warner Brothers Records. His music has been performed by major symphony orchestras including Atlanta, Houston, Toronto, Cleveland, & The Philly Pops. Joel wrote additional music for the 2013 film The Internship, and performs with his jazz band that plays music from cartoons, The Queen’s Cartoonists. Learn more! 

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