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‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’: Why We’re Mourning Tom Petty

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Legendary rocker Tom Petty died earlier this week of cardiac arrest at the age of 66. Since the ‘70s, Petty and his band The Heartbreakers have been putting their own unique spin on classic rock, producing hit after hit, including songs like Last Dance with Mary Jane and Into the Great Wide Open. Most of us have been moved by Petty’s music at some point in our lives. Just try and listen to Free Fallin’ without singing along to every line. Over the years he’s been writing and performing, Petty has cemented himself as one of the greatest rockers of his generation. We’re pretty devastated over the news of his death, though we’re trying to take comfort in the fact that…

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BookTrib’s Music Festival Survival Guide: Tips and Books to Get You Ready

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I recently went to the Firefly Music Festival in late June. Just to give you a taste and, I guess, a microcosm of the whole epic experience: it involved me throwing glow sticks into a crowd of 80,000 people and riding a large flamingo pool floatie while Blink-182 played ‘Dammit.’ Summer means it’s music festival season. They can be some of the wildest times of your life and you get to see great performances by incredible artists. What’s not to love? While I don’t have any regrets from the weekend, I feel I could have prepared a little better. Here are some essential tips for having an amazing time at your next music festival along with three books to get you ready:…

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Video: What Does Glee Have to do with Carrie Brownstein?

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I love a good musical number and a good television show, though it’s rare that the two ever go together well. Aside from a brief stint in the early 2000s where it seemed like every TV show was doing a musical episode, most musical shows have bombed pretty horribly. Does anyone even remember Hugh Jackman’s Viva Laughlin? The few shows that have succeeded in bringing in large musical numbers are awesome: endlessly entertaining, surprisingly heartfelt, and always super fun to watch. Here are three of my favorites—plus one book!—to warm you up on these cold winter nights: Glee The quintessential musical show, Glee has set the standard for all TV musical shows. On top of the stellar musical performances (hiring…

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Announcing BookTrib’s Best Books of 2015

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The best books of 2015 immersed us in richly imagined stories about marriages, murders and general mayhem, as well as the grim reality of racism in America, memories of a life infused with music and advice on how to tap into our inner creativity. Condensing the year’s great books into a manageable list was challenging, but here’s a look at some you should read or give as gifts as 2015 draws to a close: Best novel: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) Why it’s a winner: This sharp-edged dissection of a marriage was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award, but surely there was no book published in 2015 that so deftly cut into gritty pieces the complicated…

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Carrie Brownstein Pauses During Book Tour to Perform a Wedding

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We’re very familiar with book tours here at BookTrib; many of our writers are published authors and we work with authors every day. But this was a first for us—Carrie Brownstein paused during a speaking event for her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (Riverhead Books; October 27, 2015) to marry sweethearts Kendall Oshiro and Genevieve Hernandez. Guest moderator Amy Poehler reportedly yelled out, “You gotta do it!” to applause and cheers when the couple made the request during the Q&A session. There may have been a teeny, tiny bit of planning involved on the fiancées’ part—they just happened to know that Brownstein was an ordained minister (something she did to marry a couple of friends), they had…

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Carrie Brownstein Tells One Grand Books Her Top 10 Book List

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Portlandia star and Sleater-Kinney guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein shared her Top 10 book list with One Grand Books and there’s a number of classics that she included along with a couple we just had to add to our To Be Read list! Check it out. The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin (Vintage International, 2011) Collected Poems by Philip Larkin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004) Birds of America by Lorrie Moore (Vintage, 2010) The Waves by Virginia Woolf (Benediction Classics, 2010) The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins, 1998) Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (Modern Library, 2000) We the Animals by Justin Torres (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers (Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1951) Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote (Vintage Books, 1994) The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf Press,…

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