John Doe Will Stand Up For: Books

John Doe, the guy who formed one half of X’s front line next to Exene Cervenka more than 30 years ago, is still on the scene, doing what he does best on his new solo album, Keeper (Yep Roc). With all four of its original members (Doe, Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebreak) on board, the best band to emerge from L.A.’s punk scene is slated to perform an impressive schedule of live shows this fall that includes a South American tour with Pearl Jam. Doe will also be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Doe: A few great books about the West: Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx, The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver, Ask The Dust by John Fante, The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West. Some of these have been overlooked in the last few years, a couple are newer, but these are as stark and true as it gets. The grim reality of The Day Of The Locust is one reason I wanted to move to Hollywood.

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