Guest Column: Three Books You Need to Read By Vista Chino’s Brant Bjork

Guest Column

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.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some book suggestions from your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry from Vista Chino frontman Brant Bjork, who you may also know from his impressive work with Kyuss.

“Tao Te Ching” by Stephen Mitchell

I’ve been traveling with this book since 1997.

Read it and weep.

“Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History Of L.S.D., The C.I.A., The Sixties And Beyond” by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain

I especially enjoyed the part about how Orange Sunshine was literally conceived in the desert and manufactured in the mountains above Palm Springs. Of course.

“Havana Nocturne: How The Mob Owned Cuba And Lost It To The Revolution” by T.J. English

English is an interesting name for this Irish Catholic writer who is a master of non-fiction books about organized crime and the underworld.

I also recommend “The Westies” and “Paddy Whacked.”

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