Summer Reading 2016

We attempt to fill the lazy, hazy days with great books … and cocktails inspired by books and movies based on books and fantasy lands found in books and rock & roll books, and books I said books I will books.

Music
Bedside Manner: Guitar & Pen
Bedside Manner: Guitar & Pen
Homework vs. live music ascension

June 22, 2016

Summer Reading: Sam Phillips
Summer Reading: Sam Phillips
Digging into the landmark bio of rock & roll’s colonel

June 17, 2016

My Little Red Book
Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers
Front lunatic Gibby Haynes escapes the Butthole Surfers' first bio, but nothing else did

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History
Even the Texas state prison system proved an incubator for the Lone Star soundtrack

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Kent Finlay, Dreamer: The Musical Legacy Behind Cheatham Street Warehouse
Brian T. Atkinson & Jenni Finlay

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Prince: The Man and His Music
First comprehensive Prince bio dropped domestically two months before he died

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
"A man who carries the troubled history of an entire people on his back and a 24-piece band and three radio stations to boot cannot find peace"

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk
Punk rock as L.A. lit no less than Charles Bukowski and Raymond Chandler

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories
The punk equivalent to Mötley Crüe's debauched autobiography The Dirt

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Living Like a Runaway
Lita Ford

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock & Roll
Rod Stewart mispronounced the session basher's name, but Carmine Appice survived nonetheless

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Terminated for Reasons of Taste
Collection of local brainiac Chuck Eddy's freakishly knowledgeable music insights

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Don't All Thank Me at Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller
Seminal pop savant uncovered

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock
The history of Woodstock – the town, not the festival

June 16, 2016

My Little Red Book
Country Boys and Redneck Women
Diane Pecknold & Kristine M. McCusker

June 16, 2016

Screens
Books on Film
Books on Film
Austin filmmakers and the books they love

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Keith Maitland
Tower director on punk and Capote

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Karen Skloss
Inspired by the collective unconscious

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Owen Egerton
On what makes a great book a great movie

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Clay Liford
Slash director loves John waters and a sci-fi classic

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Kelly Daniela Norris
How to avoid being desensitized to life

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Bob Byington
Nick Offerman would make a great Teddy Roosevelt

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Ivete Lucas
Film editing lessons through experimental novels

June 16, 2016

Books on Film
Patrick Bresnan
Driven by street photography and war journalism

June 16, 2016

Arts & Culture
Bedside Manner: Sharing Shelf Space
Bedside Manner: Sharing Shelf Space
My parents' Kindle library and me

June 22, 2016

Bedside Manner: Keeping Up to Date
Bedside Manner: Keeping Up to Date
The search for better cocktail banter

June 22, 2016

Bedside Manner: Guitar & Pen
Bedside Manner: Guitar & Pen
Homework vs. live music ascension

June 22, 2016

Bedside Manner: Hell, Ghosts, and Blood
Bedside Manner: Hell, Ghosts, and Blood
Nihilists have more fun

June 22, 2016

Beside Manner: Facing Grief
Beside Manner: Facing Grief
Using literature to move past tragedy

June 21, 2016

How Negin Farsad Sees the World … and How You Should See It Too
How Negin Farsad Sees the World … and How You Should See It Too
Social justice comedian on her new book How To Make White People Laugh

June 20, 2016

Bedside Manner: Making and Experiencing Video Games
Bedside Manner: Making and Experiencing Video Games
Boss Fight Books gives the medium the biography treatment

June 16, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away
Getaways Far, Far Away
Summer reading recommendations that will take you out of this world

June 16, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away
Dark Run
Mike Brooks' ragtag gang on a galactic smuggling mission may seem familiar (cough, Firefly), but you'll love 'em all the same

June 16, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away
Arabella of Mars
Set in an alternate past wherein Britain colonized Mars, David D. Levine's novel is a thrilling adventure for young and old

June 16, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away
Arcadia: A Novel
Four protagonists move through our world, imaginary worlds, and time in Iain Pears' sumptuous tangle of a book

June 16, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away
The Winged Histories
Sofia Samatar's novel of Olondria takes patience, but its characters are intensely complex and beautifully human

June 16, 2016

Your Fantasy House
Your Fantasy House
Where reader types would own a vacation home if it could be anywhere in literature

June 16, 2016

To Build a Home
To Build a Home
Four Austin writers discuss how they create their fantastic worlds

June 16, 2016

Food
Mixed Metaphors
Mixed Metaphors
These craft cocktails are for the books

June 16, 2016

News
Plain Speaking About Complex Things
Plain Speaking About Complex Things
Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical and the friendship that inspired it

June 16, 2016

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