What books are currently on your night stand?
As Though Through Glass (Amy Madden Taylor) Just out!
Who is your favorite novelist of all time, and your favorite novelist writing today?
Charles Bukowski (RIP)
Noam Chomsky
What kind of reader were you as a child?
I loved books from a young age. I was always reading.
I read a lot of Edgar A. Poe.
The Famous Five mysteries (Enid Blyton)
Sherlock Holmes (Arthur C. Doyle)
Many of the Isaac Asimov science fiction books.
What book, if any, most influenced your decision to become a musician or contributed to your artistic development?
Groupie (Jenny Fabian / Johnny Byrne)
It was fiction and it vividly portrayed the British rock scene
in the 1960s.
Who are your favorite musician-writers? Your favorite memoir by a musician?
X Ray (Ray Davies)
Who would you want to write your biography?
Dave Thompson ( if I wasn’t already doing it myself)
I’ve written almost 400 pages.
If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?
Charles Bukowski.
I’m sure he would dismiss any questions I might have, so I wouldn’t dare.
I think I’d like him to tell me more about his job at the post office though.
If you could require the president to read one book, which would it be?
Last Waltz Of The Tyrants (Judy Pope Koteen)
If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?
Beneath The Wheel (Hermann Hesse)
You’re hosting a literary dinner with three writers. Who’s invited?
Dave Thompson, Amy Madden Taylor, Bill Harry. It would be a fascinating mix of musically knowledgeable people.
How do you organize your books?
By author, in large book shelves.
What do you plan to read next?
Life (Keith Richards)
It’s been highly recommended.

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