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Audio books and audio dudes crossing the streams.

July 6, 2011 \pm\31 12:50 pm

News that Rudolph Wurlitzer’s cult classic Slow Fade  was getting a dash of rerelease magic from indie label supreme, Drag City, was enough to make our hearts go thumpity-thump all by itself.

But then, discovering the audio book would be recorded by fellow Drag City man and Louisville-based folk-weirdness superstar, Will Oldham (See Also: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Palace and going bald gracefully), we needed a cigarette break. Check out a clip of the audio book here.

This got us thinking about other excellent mergers of audio books and musicians and two came to mind.

First on the list: Rock super dude and mustache aficionado, Nick Cave’s surprisingly excellent father-and-son sex romp, The Death of Bunny Munro, was made more excellent by the Satan-voiced singer’s audio book rendition. All-in-all, cementing his status as Everyone’s Favorite Dirty Old Man.

And then there was some iPhone app-y thing that also seemed pretty cool, but we don’t own fancy enough hardware to know for sure.

Not to be outdone, some skeleton from the Rolling Stones wrote an autobiography that was also surprisingly excellent, though significantly lighter on dad-n-lad sexcapades. Keith Richards’ Life was instead filled with eye popping anecdotes about being pretty much the originator of Everyone’s Favorite Dirty Old Man and a host of other cool stuff before coroners began poking his career with a stick sometime after Some Girls was released.

Sadly, old mumble-mouth didn’t record his own audio book. Instead, he hired some young actor, best known for his role on 21 Jump Street. Brassy move, Keith.



[ultra-weird postscript]: 

While writing this story I took a break and went to the library to pick up some stuff. There, a librarian named Linda, checking me out, says, “Patrick Wensink…hey, you’re the guy who wrote a book, right?” Apparently, referencing a recent story a Louisville paper did on my book, Black Hole Blues.

“I recognized your name, because I remember you checked out The Slow Fade by Rudolph Wurlitzer, recently, right? And I thought, who on earth is getting that book? Because this guy I work for just recorded the audio book.”

“Will Oldham?” I said, even more shocked than from the fact someone recognized me.

“Yeah! You know him?”

“I am literally in the process of writing a story about him and that book.”

Linda, aside from being one observant librarian, moonlights as Oldham’s gardener/researcher/jack of all trades.

We had a good laugh at all this and then realized I was also checking out two Oldham albums, All Most Heaven and Palace’s There is No-One What Will Take Care of You.

Sometimes the world resembles tangled-up swing set chains, and it is pretty cool when it does.

  1. July 11, 2011 \pm\31 2:22 pm 2:22 pm

    I love the Stones, this should be good to listen to.

  2. July 12, 2011 \am\31 8:19 am 8:19 am

    Yeah. That book is pretty fascinating. Full of weird wisdom, like: If you’re going to be a junkie, I highly recommend using only medicinal-quality coke and heroin. Thanks, Keith.

  3. July 13, 2011 \am\31 6:47 am 6:47 am

    Really good story in the combination of audio book is terrific and enjoyable in listening

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