Posts Tagged With: The Lord of the Rings

What’s on YOUR bookshelf?

ReadingRmIn one way or another, I’m constantly asking musicians and artists about their artistic influences when I’m doing interviews — but it’s unusual for someone to ask that of me. One of the few people to do so is Henry Carrigan, book columnist for No Depression, who asked me a few questions related to my own back pages in the course of putting together a piece about “Comin’ Right at Ya.”

Henry was kind enough to include my responses in a “Reading Room” column headlined “What Are You Reading?,” alongside a pretty august set of my fellow scribes: Tamara Saviano, who is currently working on a Guy Clark biography that I’m quite certain will be amazing; my American Music Series colleague David Cantwell; Jewly Hight, another writer I hope to coax into the AMS at some point; Geoffrey Himes, author of a very fine tome about Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.; and Alan Paul, who published an acclaimed Allman Brothers biography last year.

Check that here. Spoiler alert: My part contains what is probably the only paragraph you’ll ever read that references both “North Dallas Forty” and “The Lord of the Rings.” And of course, I also had to get in another plug for “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die,” too.

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Standing in for Ryan Adams: Elvira

No, Ryan Adams is not scheduled to appear in his old hometown of Raleigh anytime soon. But Ryan’s co-star from his Halloween-themed “Gimme Something Good” video is on her way. Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson will be one of the featured guests at Comic Con later this month in Raleigh, along with William Shatner, Lou “The Incredible Hulk” Ferrigno, Sean “Samwise Gamgee” Astin from “The Lord of the Rings” and various members from the cast of “The Walking Dead.”

My News & Observer colleague Josh Shaffer talked to the 63-year-old Peterson about her career and almost eerie longevity (wait, the woman is 63?!) for an interview you can read here.

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