In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour.
Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some decent book suggestions from some of your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry by Adam Ellenberger, who plays lead guitar and program electronics for Nevada Rose; the band are signed to Tragic Hero and have a debut album due out this spring.
When offered, I jumped at the opportunity to submit to this forum since I’m always interested in what motivates art and artists. Big ups to the other bands and musicians that have already contributed. My selections might seem really obscure and A.D.D. but just like the music I write, I’m extremely eclectic and since I can only choose three, I decided to just pick books that had a big impact my life, regardless of the theme.
“Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke
This book is a total sleeper. It’s a collection of letters between the well-known Austrian poet Rilke and a student who submitted some verses for his assessment. I recommend it to everyone, especially to any struggling artists out there. An insightful friend gave me a copy and though I was hesitant at first sight of it, it became an instant classic.
Packed within 123 short pages is an immense well of philosophical inspiration and timeless wisdom. Rilke wrote without any intention to publish, and I think that makes it all the better.
Here’s a quote from the book:
“For the creative…there is no poverty — nothing is insignificant or unimportant… Go within and scale the depths of your being from which your very life springs forth. At its very source you will find the answer to the question, whether you must write (or paint, draw, create). Accept it, however it sounds to you, without analyzing… Then fate — bear its burden, and its grandeur without asking for the reward.”
“A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking
Hawking is my boy! This book is landmark in scientific writing and one of the only of its kind to reach the masses. Hawking has a gift for illustrating complex concepts of time, space, black holes, elementary particles and the fate of the universe through everyday analogies.
I remember reading and staring at the wall with epiphany after epiphany pummeling my brain. No matter what your interests or mental wanderings, if you read this book, you will undoubtedly start to think differently about… everything.
“Dali – The Paintings” by Robert Descharnes and Gilles Neret
I’m endlessly curious about the hazy lines between unbridled genius and madness. I think Salvador Dali stared at this line, and decided to paint it. But before I ever gained any incite into the painter behind the brush, I was drawn to his paintings and the Surrealism movement as a whole.
Something about the unhindered imagination and the total disregard for physics is completely compelling to me. This book provides not only the bizarre back-story of Dali’s life but extensively catalogs the breadth of his paintings. I know so many musicians who draw on certain visual artists for imagery. For me, it’s Dali.
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