Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence The Best of the Believer Music Interviews

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-04-01
  • Publisher: McSweeney's, Believer Books
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Believer Books collects 35 interviews with some of today's most influential musicians and includes such conversational treasures as Björk on e.e. cummings, Lucinda Williams on writing about sex, Trey Anastasio on improvisation games, M.I.A. on the power of the internet, and Jack White on upholstering a couch. The interviews are conducted in The Believer magazine's intimate, casual, long-form style, and while they focus on the music—creating it, playing it, touring it, living with it—they never hesitate to explore the subjects' other passions. This collection is perfect for fans, lovers of the interview format, cultural aficionados, and aspiring polymaths.

Author Biography

Ross Simonini is a musician, writer, and artist living in New York. He has edited interviews at the Believer since 2007.

Vendela Vida co-founded the Believer in 2003. She is the author of four books, including the novels Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers.

Table of Contents

TOC (tentative):
- Pat Benatar interviewed by Jancee Dunn
- Joanna Newsom interviewed by Judy Budnitz
- Karen O interviewed by Carrie Brownstein
- Aimee Mann in conversation with Patton Oswalt
- Angèlique Kidjo interviewed by Patrick Knowles
-Juana Molina interviewed by Josh Kun
-Nancy Wilson interviewed by Maura Kelly
-Irma Thomas interviewed by T Cooper
-Khaela Maricich interviewed by Miranda July
-M.I.A. interviewed by Joshua Clover
-Lady Saw interviewed by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
-Bjork by Jim Roll
-Mike Patton interviewed by Ross Simonini
-Lucinda Williams interviewed by Madeleine Schwartz
-Genesis P.Orridge interviewed by Doug Rushkoff
-Jack White interviewed by Dave Eggers
-Wayne Coyne in conversation with Ben Gibbard
-Trent Reznor interviewed by Brandon Bussolini
-“Weird Al” Yankovic interviewed by Jonathan Zwickel
-Trey Anastasio interviewed by Ross Simonini
- Ahmir Thompson interviewed by Touré
-Alan Bishop interviewed by Andy Beta
-Stephen Malkmus interviewed by Matthew Derby
-Bun B interviewed by Jon Caramanica
-Ice Cube by Linda Saetre
-David Byrne by Dave Eggers
- Mark Mothersbaugh interviewed by Maura Kelly
-Ian MacKaye interviewed by Alex V. Cook
-Pat Martino interviewed by Greg Buium
-Isaac Brock interviewed by Brian J. Barr
-Christopher Owens microinterviewed by Alex Scordelis
-Nico Muhly by Sean Michaels
Laurie Anderson interviewed by Amanda Stern
-Eddie Vedder interviewed by Carrie Brownstein
-Thom Yorke interviewed by Ross Simonini
-Robert Pollard by Matthew Derby

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