It matters zero percent if you are a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or not. This engaging memoir of Flea's first 20 years is some uplift mofo party plan goodness. He packed more shennanigans and life into his early years than most of us will our entire lives. My music biography pick of 2019!
Rest In Peace to the late great David Berman, of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, as well as the author of the saddest and wittiest songs you'll ever hear. This collection of his cartoons leans more towards his funny side, but still hits a few poignant moments. Also, his swell book of poetry, Actual Air, will be back in print soon.
An engaging 'On The Road' style memoir. After a disastrous drug, depression, death, and debt filled life in 1980's New York City, Kaldheim hits the highway, flat broke, in search of a fresh start. Train hopping, hitch-hiking, homeless shelters, and loads of interesting characters.
These are not the Go-Bots you are thinking of! Tom Scioli takes your favorite cheap Transformers knock-offs and composes his own bizarre psychedelic masterpiece through a kaleidoscopic Jack Kirby lens. A ton of manic, goofy fun!
I can't quite put my finger on why, but I found this story of the disolution of the marriage of a NYC doctor and his successful agent wife totally fascinating. Maybe it's the missing spouse, maybe the shifting perspectives, maybe (probably) the gender politics, or maybe the peek into lives I don't relate to. I read it all in one fantastic vacation day!
A post (or maybe pre) apocalyptic road trip that mixes The Stand with Idiocracy by way of Terry Gilliam. Our loveable loser of a hero has to transport a talking goat across the chaotic territories Formerly Known As the United States, now a series of corporate nation states or lawless tribal wastelands, in order to prevent a possibly second end of the world. A little gross, a lot crass, very funny, but terrifyingly too close to now than it might seem.
It's a bizarre android love triangle! In this alternate history, Alan Turing developed artificial intelligence, the U.K. lost the Falklands War, and Margaret Thatcher got the boot. You might have a crush on your neighbor, but watch out! She might be more interested in your shiny new robot.
Get hip to the Alpha and Omega of post punk and goth with Jon (England's Dreaming) Savage's comprehensive story of the rise and tragic fall of Joy Division, leading up to the birth of New Order. Band members, family, and friends tell the tale in my favorite of music bio formats, the oral history!
You loved "A Star Is Born"! You love Fleetwood Mac! Mash them together and you have this fun and breezy fictional oral history of your new favorite made up supergroup. It's Behind The Music in book form!
In August of 1970, a 28-year-old Lou Reed quit the Velvet Underground, moved home to Long Island, New York, and embarked on a fascinating alternate creative path: poetry. Spending months in relative isolation, the musician refashioned himself, publicly vowing to never again play rock and roll. Reed wrote verse and contributed his work to journals and small press publications.
The americanized cartoon version of this Japanese classic was the first introduction to anime and manga for a lot of old nerds like me. A space faring, rip roaring cosmic Lord of the Rings with a bit of Robotech thrown in for good measure.
Between this delightfully disturbing novel and his other book "Universal Harvester", the prolific songwriter of the long-running Mountain Goats has found himself the voice of yesterday's forgotten Dungeons & Dragons metal loving dirtbags. The darker side of your "Ready Player One"s and "Stranger Things", if you will. And you must!!!
A super fun and gossipy oral history on the early 2000's NYC "Rock Revival" scene. All the dirt on the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, and more, straight from the artists and friends that were there. Dig out that crusty old ipod in that shoebox under your bed and enjoy!
A breezy rock memoir from the singer/songwriter or Wilco that's more conversational than controversial that chronicles band dynamics, addiction, recovery, and family. I might've subtitled it "How To Survive & Thrive In Rock & Roll", but it's got a pretty lengthy title without my help. I love a good music bio, and this one still surprised me with how engaging, fun, and interesting the story was through Tweedy's common sense lens. You will enjoy whether a fan of the band or not!
To say Alex Ross is the Norman Rockwell of traditional comic art is an understatement. Using real life models as a reference, he brings the golden, silver, and modern comic ages to life in a way that the movies don't even come close to. This fantastic art book takes you into his process, showcases his decades of Marvel art , and include a great new fully painted Alex Ross Spider-Man story.
Is it dynamic superhero action or is it gritty crime noir? Why choose? It's both! From the creator of your favorite new Spidey, aka Miles Morales, Brian Michael Bendis crafts moody CSI in tights. Not for kids, but dark fun for fans of the comics looking to dive a little deeper.