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Granta 21: The Story-Teller

by Bill Buford (Editor)

Other authors: Isabel Allende (Contributor), John Berger (Contributor), Raymond Carver (Contributor), Bruce Chatwin (Contributor), Richard Ford (Contributor)10 more, Ed Grazda (Contributor), Vaclav Havel (Contributor), Michael Ignatieff (Contributor), Ian Jack (Contributor), Ryszard Kapuscinski (Contributor), Primo Levi (Contributor), Oliver Sacks (Contributor), Patrick Süskind (Contributor), Jonathan Schell (Contributor), Roger Scruton (Contributor)

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller * Named one of Variety's Best Music Books of 2021 * Included in Audible's Best of The Year list * A Business Insider Best Memoirs of 2021 * One of NME's Best Music Books of 2021


So, I've written a book.

Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.

This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters...the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.

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ian jack--finished with engines
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Buford, BillEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allende, IsabelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carver, RaymondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chatwin, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grazda, EdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Havel, VaclavContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ignatieff, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jack, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kapuscinski, RyszardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levi, PrimoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sacks, OliverContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Süskind, PatrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schell, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scruton, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Contains:
  • A story for Aesop / John Berger
  • An interview with Bruce Chatwin / Michael Ignatieff
  • Dreamtime / Bruce Chatwin
  • An interview [with Ryszard Kapuściński] / Bill Buford
  • Outline for a book that could have been written ; Stiff / Ryszard Kapuściński
  • Photographs from the North-west frontier / Ed Grazda
  • Great falls / Richard Ford
  • Menudo / Raymond Carver
  • A battle / Patrick Süskind
  • The judge's wife / Isabel Allende
  • Cold storage / Oliver Sacks
  • Paradise / Jonathan Schell
  • Letters from prison / Václav Havel
  • Finished with engines / Ian Jack
  • Weightless / Primo Levi
  • Letters : a reply to Hanif Kureishi / Roger Scruton
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Biography & Autobiography. Music. Nonfiction. HTML:

The #1 New York Times Bestseller * Named one of Variety's Best Music Books of 2021 * Included in Audible's Best of The Year list * A Business Insider Best Memoirs of 2021 * One of NME's Best Music Books of 2021


So, I've written a book.

Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.

This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters...the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.

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