Humble Bundle are doing a pay-what-you-want bundle of books written by musicians or about music to support the charity Musicians on Call. The bundle features books by Krist Novoselic, They Might Be Giants, Neil Peart, and others.
Life on Earth has been defined by war from the beginning, with war between populations seen as an inevitable part of the evolutionary process. The popular understanding of “the survival of the fittest” explains and often excuses these actions. In Population Wars, Greg Graffin argues that this use of evolutionary theory is wrong, and that mistake has allowed us to justify wars even when other, less violent solutions may be available. Through tales of mass extinctions, developing immune systems, human warfare, the American industrial heartland, and our degrading modern...
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.
I recently reviewedThank You, Goodnight, the debut novel from Andy Abramowitz. I would recommend it for anyone who likes going to the reunions of their favorite bands from the 90s.
But perhaps most interestingly, Thank You, Goodnight is a book which does a phenomenal job of capturing the spirit of making or listening to, falling in love with, and devoting your life to, music. “There were some of us who never had a choice,” says Teddy, who acts as the novel’s narrator, at one point in the novel. “Whether graced with talent or not, we were going to spend our lives in this often turbulent but always embracing sea. If we can make music, we make it and there’s no hope of turning off the...
MTV sat down with Amy Fleisher Madden, founder of Fiddler Records, to talk about her new book. I've been meaning to steal a few extra hours to read this book, which by all accounts is great.
The first band that I signed that really broke through was New Found Glory. After their EP, I released the first Dashboard Confessional record and that was an uphill battle the whole way. From there, some smaller bands: The Bled, The Higher, Name Taken and Recover. Just a few indie darlings.
Kim Gordon (formerly of Sonic Youth) has a memoir called Girl in a Band out Februrary 24th, and a new excerpt has been shared in which Gordon claims Lana Del Rey "doesn’t even know what feminism is" among other harsh words:
"Today we have someone like Lana Del Rey, who doesn’t even know what feminism is, who believes women can do whatever they want, which, in her world, tilts toward self-destruction, whether it’s sleeping with gross old men or getting gang raped by bikers. Equal pay and equal rights would be nice. Naturally, it’s just a persona. If she really truly believes it’s beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression, why doesn’t she just off herself?"
"To be releasing my first book with this legendary New York publisher is a dream come true. i think the title is a phrase that applies to so many people – i know it applies to me. i hope this book can be a source of encouragement, something that helps folks feel less alone. More than anything, i hope this book leads to people getting help and even choosing to stay alive."
"We didn't know it was happening," RTJ's El-P tells Rolling Stone. "We just got told it was happening and we were like, 'You can’t be serious, that's not possible, how is that even possible?' Then they showed us the covers. And it's fucking crazy."
This book is ridiculous on so many levels that I am not sure it even counts as a criticism: this is a man who clearly revels in his own ridiculousness. Telegraph rock journalist Andrew Perry is Lydon’s ghostwriter and has made the decision to preserve his subject’s spoken style as closely as possible. The result reads like a marathon pub rant, by turns defiant, whiny, sentimental, angry, funny, clever, stupid, repetitive, self-contradictory and borderline delusional, unfolding in lateral jumps and delivered with the garbled bravado of someone whose command of English is not quite as...
Amy Fleisher Madden, founder of former Fiddler Records, has written a book and launched a Kickstarter.
A Million Miles is a novel written by Amy Fleisher Madden. It is a no-holds-barred coming of age story told with the burgeoning indie/emo music scene of the late ‘90s set as the backdrop. My nickname "Fiddler" came from the record label that I started when I was 16, Fiddler Records. As Fiddler Records I released 25 records in ten years. I worked with several artists that went on to sell hundreds of thousands of records. If you want me to name drop, here are the few you might have heard of: Dashboard Confessional, Name Taken, The Higher, Juliette Lewis and The Licks, Recover, The...
Paper Books and Enjoy the Ride Records are teaming up to release a book titled In the Grooves: The Visual History of the Vinyl Record. Artwork can be found below, and release details will be announced shortly.
This book takes vinyl lovers through the world of unique and creative vinyl records. With a departure from the simple beauty of a black vinyl record, this book shows various types of colored, shaped, and other interesting vinyl in its full, high resolution, life sized glory.
The book is loosely based on Springsteen’s song of the same name, and inspired by the 1950′s children’s book “Brave Cowboy Bill.” According to its Amazon page, the book is about “a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood.”