Soundcheck's Writers Club is a week-long series showcasing some of our favorite interviews with novelists and writers who are inspired by music, and musicians who are inspired by literature.
The series includes conversations with novelists Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Khaled Hosseini, Colum McCann, Jonathan Lethem and Michael Chabon; short story writer George Saunders; Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin; British writer Nick Hornby; New York restaurateur Eddie Huang; and musicians like Bettye Lavette, Patti Smith, Martha Redbone and Ben Folds.
Karaoke and the idea of becoming whole again are at the heart of Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s newest memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.
In this episode: Singer Bettye Lavette has chronicled the rough side of the '60s soul scene in a memoir called A Woman Like Me. The Detroit native gives her brutally honest take on her life in music over the last fifty years. Plus, author Michael Chabon talks about setting his latest book, Telegraph Avenue, in a record store in a rapidly changing neighborhood in Oakland, California. And, author, journalist and musician Michael Azerrad shares examples of artists who have written songs specifically about novels.
In this episode: Author Colum McCann talks about his new novel TransAtlantic, and tells us about the music that he listens to while writing. George Saunders discusses his latest collection of short stories, Tenth of December, and explains how his new book is like a concept album. Plus, George Boziwick, Music Division Chief of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, joins us to share a recommended reading list of musician biographies and autobiographies.
In this episode: Author Khaled Hosseini talks about one of his favorite musicians of all time: Ahmad Zahir, the so-called “Elvis of Afghanistan.” Musician Patti Smith talks about her latest album, Banga. Singer-songwriter Martha Redbone sets the poetry of English poet William Blake into song. And, writer Jonathan Lethem talks about the music essays in his collection The Ecstasy of Influence.
In today's episode: Author Junot Diaz shares his Pick Three; Jennifer Egan talks about her rock novel A Visit From the Goon Squad; writer Nick Hornby and singer-songwriter Ben Folds discuss collaborating on an album; and restaurateur Eddie Huang talks about his hip-hop filled memoir, Fresh Off the Boat.
All week, Soundcheck is featuring conversations with authors about music (and musicians about books) in our Writers Club. Staff members from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, who compiled a list of their recommended musical reads -- from musician biographies to the history of baseball's biggest hit.
In this episode: Crime novelist Ian Rankin talks about how his latest crime novel, Standing in Another Man's Grave, was inspired by a misheard song lyric. He explains and weighs in with three of his favorite songs in a Pick Three, singing the praises of his fellow Scotsmen Django Django. And, singer-songwriter Lyla Foy performs as Wall, live in our studio.