Music’s history with James Joyce has at times been exciting and at others mystifying, but the wide range of artists Joyce has influenced is downright awe-inspiring. Some, like Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, began their musical career writing Finnegans Wake-referencing compositions, while others, like John Cage with his 1979 composition Roaratorio, an Irish circus on Finnegans Wake, have paid their respects to Joyce far into a well-established career. Some have been idiosyncratic (see Therapy?’s 1992 song “Potato Junkie”) in their approach, while others shower Joyce’s words with striking reverence, a recent example being British poet and hip hop artist Kate Tempest, who claims Joyce to be as much of an influence on her work as Wu-Tang Clan.
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James Patterson‘s new novel Humans, Bow Down shows us what happens when the world is run by machines and humans are an endangered species. It’s a timely topic as recent remarks from Bill Gates and Mark Cuban have suggested we may need to change our economic system to deal with the very real reality of robots taking jobs away from humans. In Humans, Bow Down, the robot/human war has happened and humans need to figure out how to save humanity.
Bruce Springsteen‘s autobiography Born to Run (Simon & Schuster) is a work over seven years in the making. In it, The Boss details his early years, personal struggles, relationship travails and more in the tome. It’s been receiving exceedingly positive reviews from outlets like the New York Times, Vulture and more.
To promote the book, Springsteen was recently in New York City for a stop at Barnes & Noble in Union Square where he posed for photos with hundreds of fans before heading to chat with Eddy Cue at an Apple Store. Check out video of their conversation below as well as a couple of photos from the meet and greet below. In the chat, he reveals some of the artists that he is listening to in 2016.
Stepping aside from his tour obligations for a day, Ringo Starr dropped by the Strand Book Store in New York City on October 26th to discuss his new book Photograph with his friend Steven Van Zandt. Technically the book was released a year or more back but that was a limited edition run from Genesis Publications. Last month saw the release of Photograph in an open edition (a more interactive ebook version has been available for some time too) for regular folks to purchase. About 200 regular folks purchased a copy to see Starr in the rare book room on a Monday afternoon.