Howard Sounes 2001 biography of Bob Dylan is kind of shitty. The factual information is interesting enough (I hadn’t followed Dylan’s secret marriages and backstage habits), and I particularly enjoyed the anecdotes of recording sessions, but whenever Sounes attempts to interpret a song lyric or a particular Dylan quote, he reveals the worst kind of lame pop psychology and shallow thinking. His biases show, and they’re not very appealing. Worst of all, he speculates what “Bob” might have felt at this or that point of his life, and his insights are usually embarrassing cliches. I’d dig up some fun examples, but I can’t be arsed. There must be better straight-up biographies of Dylan; this was just the one the librarian handed me when she couldn’t find the one I’d ordered. Oh well.
Happy 125th birthday, Fritz Lang!
To celebrate the launch of my Phish mystery The Ashakiran Tape, we projected the Magnaball webcast on our neighbors’ walls here in Dakar. That’s the African Renaissance Monument and the lighthouse of Mamelles behind Page’s head in the last shot.
The Ashakiran Tape (Head Cases Vol 1) is now available.
“Read the fucking book!” – Trey Anastasio
From the author of the historical thriller Kino, a “fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time” (Frederick Barthelme) comes a gripping psychedelic mystery steeped in sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.
When legendary improvisational rock band Phish returns to the stage after a five-year breakup, longtime fan and hardboiled hippie sleuth Quentin Pfeiffer has to be there — even though he is older, wiser, and the father of an adorable baby daughter now.
But not everything is sunshine and rainbows in the freewheeling circus surrounding the band’s summer tour: after the millionaire skipper of a drug-drenched luxury yacht goes missing, Q and his crew are drawn into a dangerous intrigue of dreadlocked dames, shady tape collectors, and spun-out wookies chasing after the long-lost recording of a mysterious late-night jam.
Inspired by Raymond Chandler and set during a series of concerts at Long Island’s Jones Beach amphitheater, The Ashakiran Tape takes readers deep into the spiraling ecstasy of Phish’s epic shows and the seductive underworld of the obsessive fans following them.
Praise for Kino:
“Kino is an intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication.” – Frederick Barthelme
“A debut of great intellectual force.” – Teddy Wayne
“A delirious melange of conspiracy, magic, sex, history, bad behavior, and cinema, Kino is a stellar entertainment, and Jurgen Fauth is a writer of rare, sinister imagination.” – Owen King
L'opéra-mouffe (Agnès Varda, 1958) Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012) pic.twitter.com/IYJgQKnV3a— Alex Heller-Nicholas (@suspirialex) January 4, 2015