Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Former Attorney, Now First Responder at Music Festivals, Jim Bollenbacher, Released Book “Molly, Mushrooms, & Mayhem” as the #1 New Release on Amazon in Emergency Medical Service Category

“Molly, Mushrooms & Mayhem,” written by Jim Bollenbacher, is a compilation of stories about his experiences taking care of patients at music festivals. They are loosely organized into topical chapters and connected by some medical or music festival “factoids.” 

CHICAGO, IL – USA – July 14, 2020 - When former attorney Jim Bollenbacher retired, he became a first responder paramedic for Music Festivals. Having grown up in Western Pennsylvania, Bollenbacher dreamed of becoming an FBI agent. His dream soon flattened, and he went to law school. After that, he entered the world of music, this time as a first responder at large music festivals. His journey led him to author, “Molly, Mushrooms, & Mayhem,” now available on Amazon. It is a book that reflects on what it is like to work in a medical tent at music festivals. The book is listed as the #1 New Release on Amazon in the Emergency Medical Service category. Bollenbacher says, “I noticed the reaction I received when I talked about my experiences in the medical music tent during festivals. When others heard my stories, I realized that they were not only interested in the stories, but also fascinated by the craziness and encouraged me to write about them. That’s how my book was born.”

Molly, Mushrooms & Mayhem,” is a compilation of stories about experiences that my colleagues and I have had taking care of patients at music festivals.  They are loosely organized into topical chapters and connected by some medical or music festival “factoids.”  Bollenbacher says, “Those factoids are things that I learned as a paramedic that the general public might not know. I also use some of the stories to tell of my transition from a pretty conservative button downed lawyer and business executive to a fun-loving, more relaxed festival medic.”

The book is mostly lighthearted, intended to entertain readers who may not have been aware of this side of music festivals. Readers will laugh, cringe, and maybe even gasp as they learn of some of the situations in which we find ourselves as we respond to calls for assistance. The book is also in the top 100 books in two categories on Amazon.

Bollenbacher is donating all proceeds from the sale of his book to the First Responders Children’s Foundation.  First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances.  First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.



"Interesting tales of his experiences...covering the craziness of music festivals from the EMS perspective...funny stories that ring enjoyable read about a little-known aspect of the EMS experience." Peter Canning, author of "Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine, and Rescue 471: A Paramedic's Stories”

"Packed with hilarity, reflections of personal growth, off-the-wall encounters, and medical/EMS tidbits, this is one book that won't disappoint." Kerry Hamm, author of "Real Stories from a Small-Town ER series.”

"This book will open your eyes! Jim Bollenbacher, a kind, formerly straight-laced attorney and corporate management leader, shares his retirement as an Event EMT in jaw-dropping fashion.” Melanie Goldish, Author of "How Was Your Day Baby," and Founder of SuperSibs


Jim Bollenbacher is a paramedic in the Chicagoland area after a career as a lawyer and business executive. He has a degree in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. He and his wife Sandy have two grown daughters, Jenn, and Mara. Jim spends his spare time reading, watching movies with his wife, and cheering on his Pittsburgh Steelers. This is his first book. For author interviews, public appearances, or book-signings, contact the author at: or