Monday, November 07, 2005

Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock & Roll

It’s Monday and I’m a bit bored. I read the GBV biography A Brief History : Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll over the weekend and would recommend it to anyone with any affection for the band. It is at times laugh-out-loud funny and also wistfully nostalgic for the passing of a great live band.

Of course I could have used a bit more details about the creation of each album and less info on the dissolution of Pollard’s marriage. Plus, the book is really short considering it covers a band that existed for twenty-one years. Also, it completely ignores the existence of Tim Tobias, who was the bass player for a few years, but apparently had such an acrimonious expulsion from the band that he has been purged from the official record. The only mention is in the "family tree" at the back of the book.

But all of that being said, it is a great read and had plenty of interesting and amusing anecdotes. So buy it.

Also, go to iTunes and get the White Stripes performing Tegan & Sara’s "Walking With A Ghost."

And get the new Portastatic ep (on iTunes).

And the new edition of Office Space on DVD.

And the new Augusten Burroughs paperback, Magical Thinking.

And watch Boondocks on Adult Swim.

And do what your iPod tells you to do:

1. "Devil Town" by Bright Eyes
2. "Angel" by PJ Harvey
3. "My Brain is Hanging Upside Down" by the Ramones
4. "Damn Shame" by Jay Farrar
5. "More Than Rain" by Tom Waits
6. "Bad Things" by Tricky
7. "Junk Bonds" by Sebadoh
8. "Can’t Exist" by the Flaming Lips
9. "Water" by Dinosaur Jr.
10. "Donna & Blitzon" by Badly Drawn Boy


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