David Bowie’s Favorite Books, at your library.

david-bowie-books-460x420Music legend, movie star, icon, iconoclast, and yes – reader. As part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s 2013 exhibit “David Bowie Is,” Bowie shared an eclectic list of 100 favorite books. Here they are, in reverse chronological order, linked to the library catalog. Still looking for a reading challenge for the next year, or five? This could be your year of reading like Bowie. (Titles we don’t currently own are denoted with an *asterisk).

Here are some films featuring David Bowie, and here are some books about him.


    – Posted by David W.



Not Just Another Book About Women in Rock

~ posted by Abby


Women have always been a part of rock and roll – as musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, promoters, critics, fans and much more. Yet their stories have often been overlooked in rock writing. Thankfully, this myopia is finally receiving a serious corrective, with more and more women writing about their involvement in the rock world.

In the last few years, pioneering figures such as Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Viv Albertine (The Slits) and most recently, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) have all penned memoirs detailing their experiences in a traditionally male-dominated arena. Music critics like Laina Dawes and Sara Marcus have examined the complex intersection of race, gender and rock in the predominantly white male subcultures of heavy metal and punk. Continue reading “Not Just Another Book About Women in Rock”

Last chance to hear: the ’90s

Here are a couple of my favorite albums from the ‘90s which, thanks to the wear of time and the tides of fashion, have only one copy remaining in the library’s collection. Place a hold on one of these today…they’re definitely worth the wait!

Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996)

Click here to view Emperor Tomato Ketchup by Stereolab in SPL's catalogStereolab marries wonky vintage electronic bleeps and bloops to a ’60s French girly-pop sound and then adds a layer of cryptic yet political lyrics (in both French and English) to create something totally unexpected. Critics coined the term “post-rock” to describe them but really the band was just demonstrating that the future could be reached through a reimagining of the past. Continue reading “Last chance to hear: the ’90s”

Three for Free: Stand-out songs by Bumbershoot 2012 performers

Sure, the rain is back and we’re hunkering down for months of gray skies here in Seattle, but I’m still buoyed by the several rainless weeks that eased us into autumn. I’ve found a simple way to tap back into that sunny time–revisiting some of the outstanding music I heard at Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual music and arts festival.

Here are three songs that take me right back there, downloaded from Freegal, The Library’s free downloadable music service.* Continue reading “Three for Free: Stand-out songs by Bumbershoot 2012 performers”

Heavy Rotation 2011: The Year of the Mix

For many reasons, 2011 was my Year of the Mix — as in mixtape, or more accurately, mix CD. I made about a half-dozen mixes over the course of the year for various friends and family members, and received about as many, if not more, in return. Each mix I received exposed me to music I’d never heard before, and rekindled my love for old favorite songs and bands. 

Wild Flag, by Wild FlagSo I am starting a new holiday tradition this year. Instead of holiday cards, I’ll be sending friends and loved ones a mix CD comprised of songs from artists who were in heavy rotation on my iPod and record player this year. Some released new albums in 2011, others are artists I discovered for the first time or rediscovered thanks to all those mixes. Here’s a short list of the albums I couldn’t stop listening to in 2011: