Reverb Questionnaire: Kavalier & Clay's Michael Chabon on Miles Davis, Richard Thompson, and Going "Downtown"

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Reverb Questionnaire: Kavalier & Clay's Michael Chabon on Miles Davis, Richard Thompson, and Going "Downtown"

  • Reverb Questionnaire: Kavalier & Clay's Michael Chabon on Miles Davis, Richard Thompson, and Going "Downtown"

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    Michael Chabon is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen's Union, among others. He appears Tuesday at Benaroya Hall for a talk hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures.
    What music have you been listening to today? Did you like it?

    Miles Davis, In a Silent Way. Did I like it? Do I like air? Coffee in the morning? How bad do I need it, is the question.

    What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod, car, home stereo, etc.)?

    Lossless AAC files through iMac with HK Soundsticks + subwoofer. Also have a ProJect Debut III USB turntable hooked up to the computer. The Miles I am listening to is vinyl. iPod. XMRadio in the car.

    When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"? Did you turn it off?

    Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we (children and I) were listening to Zoso in the car. Still sounds fresh to them, lyrics still baffle, tempo change still enchants. I never really got as tired of it as I did of some other songs of the time, like "Won't Get Fooled Again," for example.

    Do you play an instrument?

    Washed out on the Flutophone in 2nd grade. I have a Peavey electric guitar and can play seven basic chords badly.

    What were you listening to in high school?

    ca 1978-80: Rolling Stones, the Clash, Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, the Shoes, Yes, Genesis, Springsteen, the Jam, Nick Lowe, Rush, the Cars, Queen and the Who.

    What was the first band/artist you saw in concert?

    Queen, Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland, with Thin Lizzy opening, Feb 1977.

    What was the last band/artist you saw in concert?

    Richard Thompson Band, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, Feb 2010.

    When you sing karaoke, what's your go-to number?

    "She's A Lady"

    How do you feel about ABBA?

    Mildly fond.

    What is the last song you want to hear before you die?

    "September Gurls" by Big Star or (and, if there's time) "Surrender" by Cheap Trick, Live at Budokan.

    Please share a favorite musical moment/story from your past.

    The first time in my life that I ever remember being taken "downtown" (to downtown Phoenix, AZ, by my mother, at the age of 3 ca 1966), Petula Clark's "Downtown" came on the radio. I have never quite recovered from the shock.

    Reverb Questionnaire is a list of static questions we pose to folks outside the music industry. The questions are all answered via email.

     
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