Barely a Note by Linda Fallon

We are a bookshop full of musicians (I am not one of them, barely a note in my head, but I love music) and we are always curious when musicians turn their writing skills from songs to books. David Byrne and Patti Smith are two of our favourites. We had The Good Inn by Black Francis a few months ago and there are a few more jumping on (or maybe that should be off?) the bandwagon this season.

Keith Richards has brought out a children’s book, Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, a beautiful picture book featuring illustrations by his daughter, Theodora Richards. Bruce Springsteen is also bringing out a book, Outlaw Pete, in November. A picture book, it is described as a story song for adults and we can’t wait to get some into the shop.

outlaw pete

Meanwhile John Darnielle, lead singer of indie one-man-sometimes-more band The Mountain Goats has brought out his first novel, Wolf in White Van, about which there has been a lot of pre-pub excitement. With a role-playing game at its heart, this labyrinthine novel captures the importance of story-telling in our lives.

Jack White of White Stripes fame has added a publishing arm—Third Man Books—to his record company—Third Man Records—and we have their first release Language Lessons: Vol 1, in store right now. A sumptuous box-set featuring a hardback book of poetry and prose by numerous award-winning writers, two vinyl LPs of jazz, psychedelic punk, poetry and blues, as well as framed broadsides of poems featuring original art by several different illustrators, it is a stunning package and a beautiful gift for music-lovers.

language lessons

And finally, music legend Jimmy Page will be stamping his new book, Jimmy Page, at the bookshop this Thursday 30 October at 1pm. We’ll start off with a brief interview followed by a stamping. A lavishly-produced autobiography in the form of a photo-essay, it’s on sale now at the bookshop.


From music to spine-chilling TV, we were all obsessed with ‘Les revenants’ when it came out almost two years ago now. That creepy Mogwai score, that weird child, the stunning scenery … so it will be interesting to see what Seth Patrick has done with the novelisation. The Returned is on our horror shelves right now and promises to be a good one for Hallowe’en. It’s probably also a great way to whet your appetite for the second series, coming out in 2015.


Linda Fallon is head buyer at Shakespeare and Company.