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July 18, 2011

Shorties (Rock Star Memoirs, Bronte Baby Names, and more)

The Observer notes that publishers are actively recruiting rock stars for their memoirs.

Call them the Big Five. Game hunters have their wish-list of trophy animals, and rock music has its own – the elite group of rock stars yet to be bagged for publishing deals. This month, after HarperCollins snapped up the autobiography of Pete Townshend of the Who after a bidding war, publishers' sights are firmly set on the few remaining major talents to have held back from a book deal. Paul McCartney, Elton John, Robert Plant and Bruce Springsteen are on that list, but at the top for many in the book industry is David Bowie.

Nameberry lists baby name recommendations inspired by the fiction of the Bronte sisters.

The list of online 2011 summer reading lists has been updated with Blackstone Audio's audiobook recommendations and much more.

July's Music Alliance Pact post is up, and shares 32 tracks from 32 bloggers in 32 countries.

In the Guardian, author AL Kennedy explains her approach to book tours.

NPR is streaming the new Release the Sunbird album, Come Back to Us (out July 26th).

Guardian readers recommend books and authors from or about Indonesia.

Word Magazine lists 40 noises that built pop music.

The San Antonio Express-News lists contenders for 2011's "song of the summer."

NPR is streaming the new Little Dragon album, Ritual Union (out July 26th).

The Millions shares the first lines of the English translation of Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

All Things Considered interviews Seun Kuti about carrying on his family's musical legacy.

Keith Devlin talks to Weekend Edition about his new book The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution.

Cover Me shares a collection of Joy Division covers.

Flavorwire lists 10 unconventional bookstores.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a live 1979 recording by Tom Waits.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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