Sunday, June 13, 2010

(30) Days of Me: Day 14 [Textbook]

Some of my favorite non-fiction books are Chelsea Handler's memoirs, "My Horizontal Life", "Are You There Vodka, it's Me Chelsea", and "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang." Chelsea is one of my favorite comedians and while I question the validity of most of the stories, that doesn't keep them from being hilarious.

However, my FAVORITE non-fiction book is actually a set of books (try not to call me predictable, mmmk?) "ON, IN, AT" by Tegan and Sara. I love these books for the mere fact that they give you a glimpse into music rarely seen by non-musicians. The books chronicle the bands life over a year in their lives, according to their words. To explain them a little better, I'm going to use their words to describe the books (description from site):


ON: includes writing from Dallas Green (of City and Colour and Alexisonfire), Northern State, An Horse and us. Photographer Lindsey Byrnes also captures the behind the scenes activity on the road. The book allows a glimpse of the imagery and moments that you don't usually get to see. We wanted to show you the perspective that we as a band sees, even from on stage.

IN: is an in depth look at our trip to New Orleans in November of 2008 to write music together. It was the first time in 14 years that we have attempted this, so it had to be recorded! Photographer Ryan Russell was there with us to capture every moment of the week long session. The book includes transcripts and interviews with Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie and other friends that we called and bothered while we were in New Orleans.

AT: explores our last tour in support of The Con which took place in Australia and gives each of the 5 band members the chance to share their experiences through journals and photos. The book also includes more great photos by Lindsey Byrnes.


The reason I love these books is that they give you a chance to be a part of the experience, and who doesn't want to be in a band. If you like the band, they just released a trimmed down version that costs/ships for less, if you've got some money lying around, I would recommend investing in them.

4 comments:

Allison said...

Excellent - I will definitely consider these in the future.

I'll let you know how the Broken Social Scene book is.

I've never read any of Chelsea Handler's books. I always associate them with Sex & The City type hysteria.

My favourite Non-Fiction book - I'd have to really think about that to narrow it down. I love David Sedaris and Chuck Klosterman.

Mr O said...

You're right. Wouldn't have guessed it (because I didn't know it) but am definitely not surprised

Jeanette said...

@Allison: Great! yeah let me know for sure! I love Chelsea, have for years, some parts of her books are a bit much though. I'll have to check out those books you listed!

@Mr. O: haha EXACTLY!

Krystal said...

on the radio??? whaa??? like a mainstream channel?