Open Books Blogathon 2009: Reads To Feed Your Fix


Books play a huge role in Live Fix. And I’m always curious to see which books are on the shelves of my favorite music writers. So during the final moments of the Open Books Blogathon 2009 I’d like to give you a peek of my bookshelf and share with you a list of books that inspire my vision for Live Fix.

As you can see my bookcase is an organized chaos set up collection of books that I’ve dog-eared and filled with notes. Each book, and author, has a special spot in my heart and has flipped the switch in my mind in one way or another for a blog post, or helped me find angles for concert reviews and artist interviews when I’m searching for a fresh perspective on a feature.

I’ve read all of these at least once and when I’m covering a festival I usually bring one of these books with me to read between sets to take a break from the music.  I would recommend these books to any aspiring music writer and fan who wants to deepen their love for music or just get inspired by a great read.


Here’s a list of the books in the pictures:

Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

Grimms Fairy Tales

Book of Changes by Kristine McKenna

The Dead Emcee Scrolls by Saul Williams

Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

Rap Attack by David Toop

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin

The Beat Reader

Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy by Robert Jourdain

Working Musicians by Bruce Pollock

All I Did Was Ask by Terry Gross

Working by Studs Terkel

Traces of the Spirit by Robin Sylvan

A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

Let it Blurt by Jim Derogatis

Wilco: Learning How to Die by Greg Kot

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