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    Anyone currently reading anything good/read anything good lately? I just finished this Travis Barkers book, I was always a fan of Blink 182 but didnt really know much about him, got the book as a gift but loved it, finished it within a week of picking it starting, Dudes lived a pretty crazy life.



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    No, but I should! I used to read sooo much as a kid, but then technology came along and destroyed my attention span. When online I usually have multiple internet tabs open and music playing and am constantly checking new content on different platforms. I can't even just sit down and eat without distracting myself with YouTube or Reddit or a podcast, it's ridiculous.

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    Also that book looks interesting. I had a roommate in NYC who WORSHIPPED Blink and would go on and on about how great they were and put their band stickers all over our apartment lol, but I didn't mind cause they're alright.

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    The last one I read was "You're a Musician, Now What? " by Janek Gwizdala. Especially it is a how to book about self promotion in the internet age and building yourself as a brand.

    Another one that I keep in my backpack and read a page out of before a session in "The Tao of Skateboarding: A Skateboarders Philosophy of Life " by Joseph David Clark. It's really a good perspective builder and helps me change my perspective.
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    I really got into reading a few months ago. Read 2 Dylan biographies and The Lord Of The Rings. I'm currently working my way through the Wheel of Time series. Each book averages about 700 pages so it's a shit load of reading. I'm currently on the end of the 4th one out of 14.

    I agree that technology kills our attention spans, I read on an e-reader though but I can't read in my room and I have to keep away from my laptop or phone. I usually go in the living room, brew some coffee and put my earbuds in to block out all sounds.

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    I hear that, technology killed mine for sure but ive never stopped loving to read a good book. I also have a weird thing about owning books and actually being able to turn pages, not huge on reading off phone/computer screen. I should look into a Dylan biography, i love biographys of musicians with crazy ass stories.

    Haha Josh, yeah man i always liked blink but probably never enough to buy Travis barkers book but im super glad i got it given to me as a gift cause it was a awesome read, explains why he refuses to get on planes anymore, goes pretty deep into his plane crash, really crazy stuff. When summer time rolls around, do yourself a favour, buy a book, go sit under a tree on a sunny day and read, thats one of my favourite things to do when i just want to chill alone in peace on a summers day


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    that's funny you just read a blink 182-related book, i just recently had the somewhat guilty pleasure of reading 'the hepatitis bathtub' which is a collection of exclusive interviews with the different members of nofx resulting in a band autobiography type of book. by guilty pleasure i mean that i grew up listening to that band an awful lot and used to love their early records as a teenager (i still think they're rad) but eventually kind of lost interest getting sidetracked growing up exploring and learning about various other genres of music, so 'going back' to nofx felt like quite a trip, they are most commonly perceived as a joke / fun band but as an old fan who used to study their stuff i always knew they had a darker side (everyone does), and that book ended up being pretty gnarly in that department as expected. was kind of cool to get to hear about the personal history of each of the guys after growing up following them from an outsider's perspective (pre-internet, back when you still had to track down records).

    before that i had started to read marky ramones' 'punk rock blitzkrieg' for similar reasons, made it to the first half mark then the nofx book came and i jumped into that one instead.

    next book in line is "voices from chernobyl" by svetlana alexievich : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voices_from_Chernobyl

    and alongside many other books i also got woody guthrie's 'house of earth' a while back and have been willing to get into that one for a while but could never find the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Feelgood View Post
    I hear that, technology killed mine for sure but ive never stopped loving to read a good book. I also have a weird thing about owning books and actually being able to turn pages, not huge on reading off phone/computer screen. I should look into a Dylan biography, i love biographys of musicians with crazy ass stories.

    Haha Josh, yeah man i always liked blink but probably never enough to buy Travis barkers book but im super glad i got it given to me as a gift cause it was a awesome read, explains why he refuses to get on planes anymore, goes pretty deep into his plane crash, really crazy stuff. When summer time rolls around, do yourself a favour, buy a book, go sit under a tree on a sunny day and read, thats one of my favourite things to do when i just want to chill alone in peace on a summers day
    Yeah man I like owning books too but you really can't beat the convenience of an e-reader. Mine uses the e-ink model which is easy on the eyes because it feels more like you're reading an actual book than looking at a screen like a phone or tablet. I read through The Lord Of The Rings on paper and bigger books kind of suck to hold at the beginning and end. There's also the fact that getting convenient lighting really limits comfort and reading position. I can read wherever and whenever with the e-reader. I can also just put it on its stand whilst eating breakfast, it's great.

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    There is something to be said about the tactile sensation of reading. The feel of the book in your hands, turning pages, the size, the weight etc.

    It's the same thing I love about CD's. Holding it in my hands, reading the liner notes, enjoying the artwork, checking out unusual packaging, sucking in the credits, finding new details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRCK View Post
    that's funny you just read a blink 182-related book, i just recently had the somewhat guilty pleasure of reading 'the hepatitis bathtub' which is a collection of exclusive interviews with the different members of nofx resulting in a band autobiography type of book. by guilty pleasure i mean that i grew up listening to that band an awful lot and used to love their early records as a teenager (i still think they're rad) but eventually kind of lost interest getting sidetracked growing up exploring and learning about various other genres of music, so 'going back' to nofx felt like quite a trip, they are most commonly perceived as a joke / fun band but as an old fan who used to study their stuff i always knew they had a darker side (everyone does), and that book ended up being pretty gnarly in that department as expected. was kind of cool to get to hear about the personal history of each of the guys after growing up following them from an outsider's perspective (pre-internet, back when you still had to track down records).

    before that i had started to read marky ramones' 'punk rock blitzkrieg' for similar reasons, made it to the first half mark then the nofx book came and i jumped into that one instead.

    next book in line is "voices from chernobyl" by svetlana alexievich : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voices_from_Chernobyl

    and alongside many other books i also got woody guthrie's 'house of earth' a while back and have been willing to get into that one for a while but could never find the time
    Hahaha nofx were a guilty pleasure of mine also. Dude thats so random, right before i read travis barkers book i was reading the Marky ramone one, it was a fairly good book, gotta love the ramones mang.

    Haha kk, i never heard of this E-reader, ill check it out, i feel ya on holding a big ass book like Lord of the rings. I was the same with Cd's too, if i really loved a band, i had to buy the cd and own it.


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    For sure for CDs, I haven't illegally downloaded music in years, I always buy CDs. Every once in a while I'll buy something digital if it's not available physical or if the physical is out of print and incredibly overpriced.

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    Reading books is a hobby I have always wished I had interest in. Just can't make myself do it!

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    Are you to busy reading porn magazines to jump over to books?


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    The last Punk bio I read was "No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish," By John Lydon (Formerly Johnny Rotten) which is about his time in the Sex Pistols and early London punk in general. The next one I want to read is also by him called "Anger is an Energy" which deals with his childhood his bout with meningitis, recovering from a year in a coma etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Feelgood View Post
    Are you to busy reading porn magazines to jump over to books?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Feelgood View Post
    Are you to busy reading porn magazines to jump over to books?
    who gets magazines anymore when it's free on the internet

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    Currently reading Rodney Mullen's book Mutt. It's really good(as expected). It's extremely interesting looking into his autistic mind.

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    I'm pretty big into local nonfiction and history, especially when written by local professors or other intellectuals.

    Recently, I've read a transcription of some old Jesuit missionary in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Before that, a pictorial history of Manistee, MI; a history of beer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; a "true crime" book of Ottawa County, MI; and am currently in a book on Prohibition in Michigan's UP.

    I'm a very casual reader of books; it'll take me a month or more to read even the tiniest of books...though, I soak up information like a sponge online

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    Interesting that you are mentioning reading about local history. I just started to read a book called "How to Ru(i)n a Record Label" by Larry Livermore. If trollskater was around he would cream his jeans over it. It is about the East Bay punk scene from the opening of 924 Gilman to the rise and fall of Lookout Records (Green Day, Rancid, Operation Ivy, Neurosis). Livermore was the one who started Lookout, and wrote for punk Zine "Maximum Rock n Roll".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev J View Post
    Interesting that you are mentioning reading about local history. I just started to read a book called "How to Ru(i)n a Record Label" by Larry Livermore. If trollskater was around he would cream his jeans over it. It is about the East Bay punk scene from the opening of 924 Gilman to the rise and fall of Lookout Records (Green Day, Rancid, Operation Ivy, Neurosis). Livermore was the one who started Lookout, and wrote for punk Zine "Maximum Rock n Roll".
    One of the most memorable college courses I took was "History Of the UP." It left such a profound impact on me that we actually stopped by and bought the professor some drinks last time we were in town...then, of course, stopped by and met with my old advisor.

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