In this episode: Singer Bettye Lavette has chronicled the rough side of the '60s soul scene in a memoir called A Woman Like Me. The Detroit native gives her brutally honest take on her life in music over the last fifty years. Plus, author Michael Chabon talks about setting his latest book, Telegraph Avenue, in a record store in a rapidly changing neighborhood in Oakland, California. And, author, journalist and musician Michael Azerrad shares examples of artists who have written songs specifically about novels.
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Tonight on Soundcheck, author Michael Chabon talks about the musical world of the record store depicted in his new novel Telegraph Avenue. Then, Amanda Palmer comes into the Soundcheck studio for an energetic performance with her band the Grand Theft Orchestra. All that, plus a new song from singer-songwriter Laura Marling, from NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon has a knack for telling big, impactful stories through pop culture. Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay used the history and tropes of comics; The Final Solution wrapped a tale around the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.
Now, with his latest effort, Telegraph Avenue, the author delves inside the world of the record shop. Not surprisingly, the book is full of music. Chabon talks all about Telegraph Avenue's soul-jazz soundtrack, and why he loves prog rock.
Michael Chabon was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue (Benedict Cumberbatch and Chabon's love of vinyl records also came up along the way). He also told us that people seem to think that he likes everything...Find out what Michael Chabon really likes.
Michael Chabon talks about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue. Set in 2004, the story centers on longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland, and their wives, who are semi-legendary Berkeley midwives. Their businesses, professional existence, and friendships are tested.
Most people know Michael Chabon as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”
And most people know his wife Ayelet Waldman as the controversial essayist who once ruffled feathers by claiming she was more in love with her husband than her kids.
But behind Chabon and Waldman’s high profile writing careers is a very real family, consisting of two parents, four kids, and – as Ayelet writes in her book, “Bad Mother ” - her own mental illness.
Michael Chabon talks about what it means to be a man today. His collection of essays, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, is Chabon’s first long work of personal writing, and in it he offers reflections, regrets and reexaminations of his life.