Rock and reading have long been two of my biggest obsessions, but I’ve discovered a third in the last few years—podcasts. A combination of all those influences led me to create Books on the Bus, a five-part podcast mini-series about the intersection of rock and reading.
Each episode features a musician sharing about their favorite books and authors, how books inspire their lyrics, the best rock biographies, and what they like to read on the road. I originally posted them over the course of a week in January, but have collected all five episodes here. Enjoy.
For the fifth and final episode of the Books on the Bus podcast mini-series, I connected with Jim Lindberg, lead singer of Southern California punk band Pennywise. I’m thrilled to connect with Jim because Pennywise is among a handful of legendary South Bay bands—along with Black Flag, Descendents and Circle Jerks—that fueled my Greg Salem punk rock P.I. novels including BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, GRIZZLY SEASON and HANG TIME.
In addition to writing the autobiography PUNK ROCK DAD, Jim writes most of the lyrics for Pennywise, with self-reliance as a running theme throughout their catalog. He also has a degree in English and counts Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau among his influences, citing them as America’s “first punk rockers.” We also discuss DARK MONEYby Jane Mayer, FLOW by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac, among many others.
Here’s “Books on the Bus,” episode 5:
Find out more Jim Lindberg’s passion for music and reading HERE. Find out more about Pennywise HERE.
Here are the four previous episodes of Books on the Bus:
For the fourth episode of this podcast mini-series about the intersection of rock and reading, we’re hitting the road with Marko DeSantis.
He’s probably best known as the lead guitarist for Sugarcult, but Marko has also played with Bad Astronaut, The Ataris and Nerf Herder. These days your likely to catch him DJing at a club in LA or Tokyo, or find him lecturing about the entertainment industry at a handful of Los Angeles music colleges.
This episode features discussions about everything from PLEASE KILL ME and HAMMER OF THE GODS, to THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway, FOREVER by Judy Blume and OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO by Dr. Seuss. Buckle your seat belts because we cover a lot of highway with this one.
Here is Books on the Bus, episode 4:
Follow Marko on Twitter HERE. And on Instagram HERE.
For episode 3, Books on the Bus is shifting gears from punk rock to jam band.
Our guest today is Todd Pasternackof the bands Ominous Seapods, Marlow and Bump. He is also the author of LESSONS FROM THE ROAD: MUSICIANS AS BUSINESS LEADERS.
This episode features rock autobiographies by Bruce Springsteen and Levon Helm, in addition to deep discussions about Howard Zinn in the tour van. Todd’s a smart guy and talented musician who has written a really interesting book.
I launched the Books on the Bus podcast mini-series on Mondaywith Jeff Whalen of Tsar, followed by Joey Cape of Lagwagon on Tuesday. I’ll be posting a new episode every day this week (January 29 to February 2) over on Rare Bird Radio. Thursday’s guest is Marko DeSantis from Sugarcult.
Is Books on the Bus a rock podcast about literature, or a literary podcast about rock? You decide!
Today I’m chatting with Joey Cape, lead singer of the California punk band Lagwagon. He also plays guitar for Me First & The Gimme Gimmes and is a prolific solo artist and producer.
This episode features the origin stories for the Lagwagon songs “Owen Meany” and “Lullaby,” in addition to creative ways to promote reading live on stage, giving up on non-fiction 3/4 of the way through a book, and Cormac McCarthy—among many other topics.
Here’s Books on the Bus, episode 2:
Find out more about Joey CapeHERE. Find out more about LagwagonHERE.
I launched the first episode of the Books on the Bus podcast mini-series yesterday with Jeff Whalen of the rock group Tsar (click here if you missed it). I’ll be posting a new episode every day this week (January 29 to February 2) over on the Rare Bird Radio podcast platform. Wednesday’s guest is Todd Pasternack of Ominous Seapods, Marlow and Bump, and author of LESSONS FROM THE ROAD: MUSICIANS AS BUSINESS LEADERS.
I’m thrilled to share the first episode of the Books on the Bus podcast. I’m kicking things off with Jeff Whalen, lead singer of the Los Angeles rock group Tsar, and soon to be a solo artist with the release of “10 More Rock Super Hits.”
Jeff’s a rocker by night and librarian by day, so I couldn’t think of a better way to launch this five-part podcast mini-series about rock and reading.
Rock and reading have long been two of my biggest obsessions, but I have discovered a third in the last few years—podcasts. Radio shows like Somewhere Out There with Joe Frank, This American Life, and Radiolab were my gateway drugs. Once in the podcast universe, I quickly expanded to WTF with Marc Maron, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, Cracked, Re:sound, Freakonomics, and Snap Judgement. Lately, I’ve been digging Desert Oracle Radio, Kurt Vonneguys, and The Hilarious World of Depression.
It was a discussion about our favorite podcasts that compelled Eric Beetner and me to create the monthly crime and mystery podcast, Writer Types. And now my podcast fascination has led me to a new solo project that I’m calling Books on the Bus—a five-part podcast mini-series about the intersection of rock and reading. Each episode features a musician sharing about their favorite books and authors, how books inspire their lyrics, the best rock biographies, and what they like to read on the road—in addition to some unexpected tangents. A new episode will be posted daily between January 29 and Friday, February 2 over on the Rare Bird Radio podcast platform.
To say that this project brings together all of my favorite things would be a huge understatement. My guests include:
Jan. 29: Jeff Whalen—Tsar
Jan. 30: Joey Cape—Lagwagon, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Jan. 31: Todd Pasternack—Ominous Seapods, author of LESSONS FROM THE ROAD: MUSICIANS AS BUSINESS LEADER
Feb. 1: Marko DeSantis—Sugarcult, Bad Astronaut
Feb. 2: Jim Lindberg—Pennywise, author of PUNK ROCK DAD
Thrilled to share the podcast of our latest Crime Quiz LIVE! event, recorded at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. This time around, we put three of our favorite crime and mystery authors in the hottest, including Harley Jane Kozak, Nadine Nettmann and Jordan Harper.
Listen in for laughter, tears and some truly tough trivia questions about your favorite crime and mystery books.
And if you’re in Toronto for Bouchercon this week, Eric Beetner and I will be doing it again on Friday the 13th at 2pm. For the third installment of our Crime Quiz LIVE! series, will be setting our sights on Jess Lourey, Jay Stringer and Owen Laukkanen. Please swing by, share a few laughs and say hello.
Writer Types crime and mystery podcast episode 9 is here! Guests include Attica Locke, Mark Haskell Smith, Frank Zafiro, Emma Viskic, Iain Ryan and Andrew Nette, with flash fiction by Gary Duncan. Books reviewed include Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier, and March of Crime by Jess Lourey.
If you like what you hear, please subscribe and review on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud. And please tell your friends about our podcast on the socials. Every little bit helps us spread the word about these talented authors.
A software snafu delayed the release of the latest episode, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
Our featured interviews for episode 8 include Rachel Howzell Hall,James Ziskin, Ryan Gattis and Erik Storey. With special appearances by: Rob Hart, Todd Robinson, Jake Hinkson, Brad Parks, Brain Panowich, Joe Clifford and Val McDermid.
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