Recent Posts in books

August 31, 2015

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein's memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, is out October 27 and the Sleater-Kinney singer/guitarist and Portlandia star will start her book tour that day, with a reading and Q&A at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus (10/27) and Questlove will be in conversation with her at that one. Tickets are on sale and include a copy of the book.

The next night (10/28) Brownstein will give a reading at Barnes & Noble in Union Square which is free though there's priority seating for those who buy the book at B&N. No special guests have been announced for the B&N appearance but most of the dates of Brownstein's book tour are "in conversation" with someone of note. SNL's Aidy Bryant in Philadelphia, Amy Poehler in Los Angeles, and Dave Eggers in San Francisco. All dates and special guests are listed below....

Continue reading "Carrie Brownstein adds Brooklyn reading/Q&A w/ Questlove to book tour; other dates w/ Amy Poehler, Dave Eggers, more"

August 26, 2015

Morrissey List of the Lost

As mentioned, Morrissey has written his first novel, List of the Lost. We still don't know what it's about, but it will be out via Penguin on paperback only on September 24 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. No word on a U.S. release, but that's the cover art above, looking very much like a classic Smiths single (or a box of Wheaties).

August 24, 2015

List of the Lost Morrissey novel

Coming two years after his Autobiography, Morrissey will release his first novel this fall. Titled List of the Lost, it will be published by Penguin Books in the UK at the end of September. The publisher hasn't given an exact release date yet, or a synopsis.

In other news, you can now watch the entire Morrissey Larry King Now, below...

Continue reading "Morrissey releasing first novel, 'List of the Lost,' in September ++ watch the whole interview with Larry King"

August 17, 2015

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello will release a memoir this year, titled Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink and due out October 13 via Penguin (pre-order). Here's more, via Penguin's description:

"Unfaithful Music" describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.

The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Elvis will be in NYC to celebrate it on October 13 at Barnes & Noble Union Square and November 10 at BAM, where he'll be in conversation with Rosanne Cash. Tickets for BAM are on sale now. To get in to Barnes & Noble, you have to pick the book from a B&N location. More info here.

Speaking of musicians with book events in NYC, here are a few more. Sleater-Kinney/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will celebrate Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl on October 28 at Barne's & Noble Union Square. You have to pick up the book from a B&N location to get in. More info here. S-K are also touring, including five NYC shows in December.

The Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle will be here for a discussion/signing of last year's Wolf In White Van book, which was recently released on paperback. It happens September 1 at Strand, and to get in you have to pick up the book or a $15 gift card from Strand. More info here. He'll also introduce a screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Medea on August 31 at Lincoln Center, followed by a book discussion and signing (tickets). Mountain Goats are also touring again later this year. No NYC shows, but all dates are listed here.

New York's St. Joseph's College is hosting a series of "literary presentations and discussions" this fall semester that includes a couple musician-authors. One is the previously discussed appearance by Patti Smith (one of three NYC dates on her book tour), and the other is Throwing Muses' Kirstin Hersh in support of Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt, her book about her friendship and past tours with Vic Chesnutt. That one takes place October 21, and Kristin will be in conversation with author/music journalist Amanda Petrusich (NY Times, Pitchfork, etc). Full schedule and tickets for all shows here.

Punk legend Richard Hell makes an appearance supporting his Massive Pissed Love essay collection on October 14 at Strand. More info here. He'll also be at Book Court on October 27. Details coming soon.

Amanda Palmer, who is about to have a child, is making one more NYC appearance before then at the New York Public Library on Thursday (8/20) at 6 PM. It actually takes place outside the library, it's free, and will include a children's book drive as well as a performance from Amanda. She writes:

PLEASE bring a children's book (or more than one!) to donate to the NYPL's early literacy program. the performance is in part a book-drive to get books to kids (and their parents) who don't have access. please make sure the books are new (they can't accept used books due to mold, etc).

***FOLLOW THE TWITTER & FACEBOOK FEEDS if IT RAINS! we will need to come up with some alternative space***

More info here.

August 11, 2015

Slice HarvesterSlice Harvester

Colin Atrophy Hagendorf started the blog Slice Harvester in 2009 with a goal of reviewing every slice joint in Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years and 362 pizza places under his belt later, he achieved that goal. (You can watch him on a 2012 FOX 5 'Good Day NY' segment.) He has since parlayed that into a book, titled Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza, which is out today (8/11) via Simon & Schuster. A punk who has published zines since he was 14, Hagendorf celebrates the book's release tonight at Silent Barn, with live performances from Downtown Boys and In School, plus "hopefully" UNISEX as DJs. Says Colin:

There's gonna be 69 pizzas. Come eat them. Come watch bands. Come watch me mouth along to "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, specifically when Gunz says "neighbors on the block call me Lex cause I push a Lex and I rock a Rolex and I lounge on Lex and I love sex" and when Tariq says "don't talk shit when I'm around you, I'M FROM SOUNDVIEW" or "I'm from the Bronx wipe ya feet when you step in my house," because I get kinda hype at those lines, tbh.
The show starts at 8 PM as is free before 10 PM and $5 after that. Books will be available at the show.

There will also be a free Slice Harvester event at WORD Brooklyn on August 19. In addition to Colin, there will be pizza-themed readings from Pilot Viruet, Scott Weiner, Suzy Exposito, Lola Pelligrino, and Deenah Vollmer. Vol. 1's Jason Diamond will host, and there will be free pizza and beer.

Continue reading "Downtown Boys and In School playing 'Slice Harvester' book release party tonight at Silent Barn"

August 6, 2015

Patti Smith

Patti Smith is playing her timeless debut album, Horses, in full for its 40th anniversary in her hometown on November 10, and it turns out that show is right in the middle of a tour. Not a music tour though, a book tour.

Patti will follow her 2010 book, Just Kids, with M Train on October 6 via Knopf. The book description reads:

M Train is a journey through eighteen "stations." It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself.
The book tour begins with three NYC appearances: OCtober 6 at New York Public Library, October 7 at Barnes & Noble Union Square and October 8 at St. Joseph's College. Tickets (including a copy of the book) are on sale now for St. Joseph's College. Check NYPL and B&N websites for updated info on those.

Patti will also release Collected Lyrics: 1970-2015 on October 27 via HarperCollins in celebration of Horses' 40th anniversary.

All dates on her book tour are listed below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith going on book tour for her upcoming 'M Train'"

August 5, 2015

photo: Greg Graffin w/ Bad Religion in Chicago in June (more by James Richards IV)
Greg Graffin

In addition to fronting Bad Religion for over 30 years, Greg Graffin is an author and he's got a new book coming out on September 15. It's called Population Wars and the description reads:

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 environment, Graffin demonstrates how an over-simplified idea of war, with its victorious winners and vanquished losers, prevents us from responding to the real problems we face.
You can pre-order it at Kigns Road, and there's also a bundle that comes with a four-song 7" featuring Greg's acoustic recordings of Bad Religion songs that inspired this book.

Greg is also playing some solo shows around the time of the release, including one in NYC. That happens September 20 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale. General on-sale starts Friday (8/7) at 10 AM.

Bad Religion also play It's Not Dead Fest in California in October. All dates are listed, with a video of Greg playing "Sorrow" acoustic, below...

Continue reading "Bad Religion's Greg Graffin releasing a new book & acoustic 7", playing solo shows (dates)"

July 28, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Eddie Argos I Formed a Band

Ten years ago, with my friends, I formed a band called Art Brut. We have a new album out later this year. It has been quite a while since our last record. So, to get yourself reacquainted with us, I suggest you buy this book, my memoir.

I've spent the last three years writing 'I Formed a Band'. The story begins with me playing the vacuum cleaner on stage in Poole, and ends up with Art Brut recording Art Brut VS Satan with Black Francis in Salem, Oregon. - Eddie Argos

Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos' book, I Formed A Band, was funded by an Indiegogo campaign and is out now. That's the cover above as you probably gathered. In it, Eddie promises to answer the following questions:
Just how hard did I kick Paul McCartney when I met him?

What colour did Russell Senior from Pulp try and make me sing in?

Which of Art Brut's songs is Liam Gallagher's favourite, and did Oasis really sing a Half Man Half Biscuit song at me? Or was it a psychotic episode?

What is it like to get into a fight with The Magic Numbers, Kele from Bloc Party and various members of The Bravery? (luckily not all at the same time).

What question did Conan O'Brien ask Jasper Future that he didn't know the answer to?

Why does Al Jourgensen from Ministry think I am a famous singer called Franz Ferdinand with a hit single about my penis?

What valuable lesson did I learn from Anton Newcombe at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre Colorado?

As Eddie mentioned, there's a new Art Brut album due later this year. Stay tuned. Has it really been 10 years since Art Brut's insta-classic debut album, Bang Bang Rock and Roll? If you haven't listened to that in a while (or missed it the first time around), you can stream it via Rdio below...

Continue reading "Eddie Argos wrote a memoir, 'I Formed a Band'; Art Brut releasing new album this year"

July 9, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Daneille de Picciotto

Tacoma, WA-born, Berlin-residing artist Danielle de Picciotto has been releasing music, films and more since the early '90s, and her most recent release is this year's Tacoma album on Moabit Music. That album's newest single is "I Have Love," an eerie avant-garde pop song that fans of newer artists like Julia Holter and Pharmakon should not be sleeping on. Its shaky black-and-white video premieres below. If you like what you hear, you can pick up the album here.

Danielle also has a new graphic diary coming on August 13 titled We Are Gypsies Now. The description reads:

We Are Gypsies Now! is the transcendentally Illustrated and emotionally transparent journal of the adventures and internal struggles of Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke's first year on the road with no direction home. Experiencing We Are Gypsies Now! is to embark on Danielles deeply personal journey and to possibly heed her call for a more imaginative approach to life in our over-mediated and covertly alienated age.

Switching between diary, autobiography and speculation, We Are Gypsies Now! explores the nomadic option as perhaps the only possible cultural and social response to gentrification and consumerism... Reading this is an inspiration, a wake-up call, and perhaps even a demand to once again embrace the liberating freedom of chance.

The cover artwork and a trailer video are below, and pre-orders are available here or here.

Danielle and her husband Alexander Hacke (of Einstürzende Neubauten) will also be touring together in support of the new album and book. The tour includes a NYC show on September 9 at Trans-Pecos with Lary 7 and Victoria Keddie. Ticket info TBA.

All dates are listed, with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Danielle de Picciotto has a new album out now, new book on the way, touring with Alexander Hacke (dates & new video)"

June 15, 2015

Aziz Ansari

If there's one universal truth out there, it's that love hurts. And it's a topic comedian/actor Aziz Ansari explores in Modern Romance (Penguin Press), co-written with NYU sociology professor Eric Klinenberg.

The book, inspired by topics Ansari riffs on during his stand-up act, looks at how Tinder and texting have impacted the way we date and mate, and why. [USA Today]

If you've seen Aziz Ansari's MSG special (if you haven't, it's on Netflix), you know he's got a lot of opinions on modern romance -- it was the name of his tour and now it's also a book. Aziz is celebrating with a book tour, that begins in NYC on Tuesday (6/16) at NYU Skirball Center. Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now, and come with a copy of the book.

Earlier that day, he's also doing a signing at Barnes & Noble in Union Square at noon. You have to pick up the book at the store that day, or at to get it signed.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Aziz Ansari celebrating 'Modern Romance' with book tour"