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Posts tagged "john darnielle"
Feb 01, 2013
I kept writing through the summer, and in August the baby was born and I’d cradle him in my left arm while writing melodies at the piano with my right, and I said, let Osiris the keeper of the gates be my witness, other songwriters may go soft when they get to be parents but I am going to keep going all the way down into the inner darkness, it will set a good example for the baby, and besides, what am I going to do, suddenly start writing songs about cute things instead of songs about how to wrest cries of triumph from the screaming places? Please. May the baby grow up to spit in my face if I should pose that hard.
Jul 04, 2010
Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality by John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats fame)
This is probably my favorite of the 33 1/3 books I’ve read so far. Instead of detailing the making of the album in non-fiction, Darnielle turns in this 99-page epistolary novel, written in the voice of a 16-year-old mental patient writing to his captors about his favorite album.
Here’s a sample:
When you listen to early Black Sabbath, you know the main difference between them & you is that somebody bought them guitars and microphones. They’re not smarter than you; they’re not deeper than you; they’re a fuck of a lot richer than you, but other than that, it’s like listening to the inside of your own mind. So when they write songs, they sing about wizards. And witches. And robots.
A great read. Fans of music and Lynda Barry’s Cruddy will dig it. (Which should be everybody.)
* photo of the book by sarah sosiak