08.07.08 Benedicte Page writing in The Bookseller.
Faber fiction editor Angus Cargill has drawn on his personal love of music to produce a book of music lists chosen by high-profile literary names.
Jonathan Lethem contributes “10 Smutty Moments from Bob Dylan”, David Peace offers his “10 Favourite Japanese Bands”, and Cargill has also included his own list of “10 Songs of Heartache, Misery and Woe”, which include “Let Me Down Easy” by Betty Lavette and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”.
Cargill said: “We did a book last Christmas called Ten Bad Dates with De Niro [by Richard T Kelly] which was a film compilation and did nicely, so we had the idea of doing a musical equivalent. A lot of writers I know and know of are very passionate about music and I thought they would be receptive to writing about it in a light-hearted way.”
He added: “Interestingly, Tom Waits was by far the most cited artist, much more so than The Beatles or The Stones.”
In July 2009, Faber will produce the first issue of Loops, a new pop music magazine dedicated to extended writing on music, being launched together with independent label Domino.