Book Musik 043 – Shonen Knife’s Happy Hour: Food, Gender, Rock and Roll by Brooke McCorkle Okazaki

Shonen Knife's Happy Hour by Brooke McCorkle Okazaki

Tosh and Kimley are joined by author Brooke McCorkle Okazaki to discuss her new book Shonen Knife’s Happy Hour: Food, Gender, Rock and Roll (33 1/3 Japan). Shonen Knife, a trio of women from Osaka, Japan have been sharing their own special brand of rock and roll since 1981 and are still going strong. Often referred to as a Japanese version of the Ramones, they have expanded far beyond that early comparison. Recording in both Japanese and English, they’ve built a worldwide fanbase. Singing about food is a dominant theme and they’ve found a way to unexpectedly mix cute with cool. Brooke makes it clear that there is no pigeonholing this hugely influential and eclectic band.

Theme music: “Behind Our Efforts, Let There Be Found Our Efforts” by LG17


Book Musik 16 – Bowie’s Bookshelf: The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie’s Life by John O’Connell

Tosh and Kimley discuss Bowie’s Bookshelf: The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie’s Life by John O’Connell. Any serious Bowie fan knows that Bowie was a voracious reader and the epitome of an autodidact. In 2013 the Victoria & Albert museum had a David Bowie exhibit and Bowie graced us with an additional memento which was this list of 100 books that changed his life. John O’Connell dissects each of these books and tries to surmise the specifics of influence and import to Bowie. It’s an impossible task but an amusing one that leads to further discussion on one of our favorite topics: David Bowie!

Theme music: “Behind Our Efforts, Let There Be Found Our Efforts” by LG17