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September 8, 2006

Book Notes - Chuck Klosterman ("Chuck Klosterman IV")

Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas collects the author's previously published interviews and opinion pieces, while adding a new piece of short fiction. Even if you have read most of his previously published periodical pieces, the new self-critical introductions and footnotes make this a must-read for Klosterman fans.

In his own words, here is Chuck Klosterman's Book Notes entry for his book, Chuck Klosterman IV:

HOW TO EXPERIENCE "CHUCK KLOSTERMAN IV" WITHOUT BUYING IT, READING IT, OR PRETENDING TO HAVE READ IT
(NOTE: WILL NOT WORK IF YOU ARE DEAF)

INTRODUCTION:
"When You Were Young," The Killers

PART ONE: THINGS THAT ARE TRUE
"Toxic," Britney Spears
"Bullet the Blue Sky," U2
"The End," The Doors
"You Know I Couldn't Last," Morrissey
"Takin' It To the Street," The Doobie Brothers
"Vampire Blues," Neil Young
"The Grand Illusion," Styx
"Walter's Walk" Led Zeppelin
"Am I Evil," Metallica
"Handsprings" The White Stripes
"Darkness on the Edge of Town," Bruce Springsteen
"Palo Alto," Radiohead
"The Ruling Class," Loose Fur
"Ohio," The Pretenders
"You May Be Right," Billy Joel
"Don't Make Me Prove It," Veruca Salt
"When You Wasn't Famous," The Streets
"Slow Death," The Flaming Groovies
"187 177252," Orange 17

PART TWO: THINGS THAT MIGHT BE TRUE
"My Rival," Steely Dan
"Metal Machine Music" [entire album], Lou Reed
"Sweet Lew," Pearl Jam
"Dedicated Follower of Fashion," The Kinks
"Don't Look Back in Anger," Oasis
"Guilty," Tora Tora
"Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana
"Trapped in the Closet (chapter 8)," R. Kelly
"Where Do You Get Love?," Matthew Sweet
"Maybe I'm Amazed," Paul McCartney
"Robot Rock," Daft Punk
"(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman," The Kinks
"Rock and Roll Outlaws," Pretty Boy Floyd

PART THREE: SOMETHING THAT ISN'T TRUE AT ALL
"The Essential Blue Oyster Cult: Original Recording Remastered"
[entire album, except for maybe "Shooting Shark"]

see also:

The author's "Book Notes" entry for Killing Yourself to Live

Previous Book Notes submissions (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)

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