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The lead singer of literate bar-rockers The Hold Steady, Craig Finn, is teaming up with a Dave Letterman writer to bring Chuck Kloserman’s first book to the silver screen. Finn and Tom Ruprecht will co-author the screenplay adaptation of Fargo Rock City, Klosterman’s memoir about the importance of heavy metal music to him and his friends as teenagers growing up in small town North Dakota.

This match isn’t as odd as it first sounds—Klosterman and Finn are both Minnesota-born artists who turned to music as an escape from their Midwestern surroundings. Much of Fargo Rock City is about nerds trying to shuffle off their virginal coil and finally be cool—and plenty of Hold Steady songs are about young, awkward kids in love.

Of writing about 17 and 18-year-olds, Finn says its exciting because at that age “you’re still young enough that you can have a two-hour argument over whether Motley Crue would beat Guns N’ Roses in a fight.” Which is true. But not worth two hours of your time, because the obvious answer is GN’R back then, the Crue now.

What other indie scribes should start adapting books? Matisyahu adapting Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus? Ryan Adams getting his hands on Holden via Catcher in the Rye?

In related Fargo Rock City news, check out this clip of Fraggle Rock (city):

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